Level 2
In the Cook 2 program, you will learn various cutting and cooking techniques, and gain knowledge in commodities. As an Assistant Cook, you prepare dishes and learn how to manage inventory.

Course : Cook
Availability:Day or Evening Programs
Duration:2 years

Cooks often work in teams under direct supervision of a kitchen manager. Being able to work in a team is critical, yet each cook is responsible for the tasks assigned to them.


The cook works according to routines, standard procedures, and combinations of (standard) procedures. The tasks vary from basic to complex, depending on the problem, or the context of the problem being faced.


As a student in the Cook program, you will learn cutting techniques, cooking techniques, culinary math, social, and other skills.
- Accuracy
- Cleanliness
- Multitasking
- Flexibility
- Creativity
- Attention to detail
- Teamwork
- Ability to accept criticism
- Able to work under pressure
- Verbal and written command of English


There are many career opportunities at varying levels. You can be a line cook or specialize in a particular area. You can work in a restaurant or be a private cook in someone's home. You can even start your own business. If you aspire to work in a professional kitchen, NIPA offers excellent opportunities for you.

Possible career opportunities are: Cook.


This program consists of theoretical and practical courses, which are offered both on an off campus.
A few days a week you will work at a company as a student employee. The practical training allows you to practice your skills and to learn all about the profession from the experts in real situations. Consequently, you will already have acquired some work experience by the time you complete the program.


Submit your application

This course requires a PSVE PBL or SBO level 1 diploma. If you have no diploma, you will undergo an assessment.

Level info:
Level 2 Basic Professional.

Transitional options:
NIPA is using the SBO module system in transitioning from one year to the next.
This implies that grades obtained in the previous year will be carried over to the following year.
Students can thus follow the modules from the following year even if they did not successfully complete modules from the previous year, which can be retaken.

In order for a student to obtain an SBO diploma, they would have to successfully complete all partial qualifications.

There is also an opportunity to achieve partial qualification certificates.
In this system, the student is always rewarded, for achieving satisfactory grades.

Most SBO programs allow students to transition to higher levels depending of the structure of the program and if the program is being offered by the institute.

With a level 2 diploma, a graduate would be eligible to enter into a level 3 course.

5 reasons
to join NIPA:

  1. If you live in St. Maarten / St. Martin, you won't need to leave family and friends while you pursue your studies.
  2. NIPA has a dedicated staff of professionals to guide, support and motivate you throughout your studies.
  3. You will gain technical and vocational skills at an affordable price.
  4. You will receive extensive opportunities for further education and career development.
  5. Your experience will be life-changing.
I love where I work, and NIPA has helped me grow in my job.
Jean Charles Mackenson
working at IGY Marinas,
St. Maarten Apprenticeship

Contact us

(+1 721) 543 0497

or (+1 721) 543 0498

Fax: (+1 721) 543 0479

Monday to Friday,
from 8h30 am to 4h00 pm

NIPA school St. Maarten National Institute for Professional Advancement

National Institute
for Professional Advancement

Building B, Jackal Road #4
Cay Hill, St. Maarten.

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