Professional Chef’s Training Program FAQ’s

Program duration is the only differentiator between programs. The full-time programs are about 5.5 months long, and the part-time programs are about 11.5 months long, depending on your start date. Curriculum, instruction and coursework are exactly the same for both formats.

As NGIHCA is too small to be part of the Federal Financial Aid programs (TITLE IV/FAFSA), we strive to find ways to make our programs more financially accessible to students whenever possible. Part-time program schedules allow us to recognize cost-savings that we pass along to students in order to make the program more financially accessible.

The Chef's Training Program is 619 hours of professional culinary training, which includes a 100-hour internship. Full-time programs are 5.5 months while part-time programs last about 11.5 months, depending on your start date.

There are no classes on federal holidays and the week between Christmas and New Year’s, in addition to a few other holidays throughout the year. Click here for the full list of holidays.

While the program is mostly plant-based, we do work with specific animal proteins including dairy, eggs, poultry, finfish and shellfish. Students who do not eat these items (or any others) may choose not to taste or handle these ingredients without penalty, but will be responsible for any information shared in the class.

There is a maximum of 16 students per class.

Yes, all students must complete their internship in a professional kitchen in New York State and submit all required paperwork before the program end date in order to graduate.

Students who meet the requirements for graduation will receive a Diploma in Culinary Arts.

Yes, NGIHCA is accredited by ACCET. For more information, visit The school is licensed by the New York State Education Department’s Bureau of Proprietary (Career Training) School Supervision (NYSED BPSS). To learn more about NYSED BPSS visit

Students may make up classes according to the class make-up policy. Students needing an extended leave may request a leave of absence from the Senior Director of Chef’s Training and Student Affairs.

Students generally follow three career paths: private chefs, restaurant cooks/chefs, food entrepreneurs. Some other paths include food media and writing, education, policy and advocacy, and health coaching.

Yes, students may meet with our Career Services manager at any time during the program or after graduation. Graduates have access to our alumni-only online job boards where restaurants, caterers, private chef clients, and more post job listings to hire graduates of the Chef’s Training Program.

NGIHCA provides a list of housing resources and recommendations and will connect enrolled students with their classmates to make housing connections.

Yes, NGIHCA accepts international students for the full-time Chef’s Training Program who are eligible for M1 visas. In some cases, international students may enroll in the program on an existing visa such as a spousal visa. Click here for more information about applying to NGIHCA as an international student.

International students will be able to apply for their M1 visa following acceptance to the program and issuance of their I-20 form. For more information, please email

Tuition includes all books, digital notes, materials, uniforms and 30+ piece professional knife and pastry set made by Mercer, weekly knife skills workshops, opportunities for internships & events. It also includes career services, lifetime access to our alumni-only job board, and inclusion in our 2500+ worldwide alumni community.

Yes, NGIHCA offers various scholarships which are open for application throughout the year. More information can be found on the scholarship page of our website.

Yes, NGIHCA offers payment plans for both full-time and part-time programs. To learn more about payment plans, contact the admissions team at

Full-time classes meet Monday-Thursday from 9 am - 4 pm, and Friday from 9 am - 1 pm.

Depending on your start date, part-time classes meet either Saturday 9 am - 6 pm and Wednesday from 6 pm - 10 pm OR Sunday 9 am - 6 pm and Monday from 6 pm - 10 pm. Your class meeting dates remain the same throughout the duration of the program.

Yes, NGIHCA accepts Sallie Mae Smart Option student loans. Students can apply for Sallie Mae loans directly by visiting the Sallie Mae website. Students are encouraged to apply with a co-signer for more favorable rates and terms.

Yes, NGIHCA accepts the Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits and offers military students a $5,000 tuition waiver. Please contact for more information.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and students are encouraged to submit their completed applications as early as possible for the best chance of acceptance into the program of their choice as classes are limited to only 16 students each. Applicants will hear back from NGI 2 weeks after they submit their completed application.

Students may submit applications through our online Chef's Training Program application. Only applications which include all required documents and information will be reviewed by the admissions team.

Students may roll their application to the next available start date, using the original application materials. There is no additional application fee.

At this time, all programing is offered on-site in New York City only.