When CTIA opened the doors of its first campus in Centurion in 2009, it was built on a vision to provide an unparalleled experience based on exceptional training, cutting-edge innovation and a pledge to look after our students every step of the way – from mastering the basics to entering the industry.
It’s a promise we made, and a promise we’ve kept. Now, 12 years and three new campuses later, we’ve grown a lot – but we’ve never compromised on providing a warm, fun and nourishing environment and closely mentoring our students along their culinary journey. At CTIA, staff and students are both a family and a community, and that will never change.
We’re constantly thinking about your future.
The hospitality environment is constantly changing, and it’s our job to make sure that we bring all the latest developments back to our campuses and curricula to give our students everything they need to succeed.
Our courses provide students with a solid foundation and foster the confidence needed to innovate, create and embrace a career path filled with diverse opportunities: from working in catering companies, hotels, restaurants or cruise liners, to food photography, to launching a business of your own.
We know that enrolling in a culinary course can be a daunting prospect – and rightly so. After all, it’s your future we’re talking about. Which course is the best for me? What are the costs? How does Covid affect my prospects? How long will it take to land my dream job once I graduate? We know better than anyone how many decisions our students have to make, and we’re here to answer all your questions to set you on the path to the culinary career of your dreams.
We can’t wait to accompany you on the best training experience of your life.
When the pandemic first struck in 2020, CTIA wasted no time converting all of its classes to a seamless online offering. Whenever lockdown regulations affect operations, we adapt to ensure that our students continue to enjoy the best training experience of their life.
Not everyone is able to study on a full-time basis. Whether you’re transitioning from a different career or just require a more flexible training structure, our part-time offering is in no way inferior to the full-time courses. Additionally, our virtual classroom has made it possible to provide fully online training to those who prefer this, or when lockdown regulations necessitate it..
Even though we’ve grown a lot since we first opened our doors, we’ve never compromised on providing a warm, fun and nourishing environment and closely mentoring our students along their culinary journey. We take the time to nurture each individual, ensuring that every learner reaches their full potential. Our lecturers play an important role in advising and helping students as they adjust to the training environment and progress as aspiring chefs.
We have forged strong ties with a diverse array of industry partners, with whom we place our students in practical roles. This gives CTIA chefs-in the-making an opportunity to gain invaluable experience that leads to improved skill and confidence, and also puts our students ahead of the pack when it comes to applying for hospitality positions. To be a great chef, attitude and values are just as important as skills and knowledge, which is why we focus on developing and evaluating all of these key areas. We also emphasise important career-advancing skills, such as CV writing, interview techniques and professional communication.
We have the utmost respect for our students and their budgets. From no-deposit specials to carefully tailored offerings, we’re always looking for ways to keep costs competitive while giving our students the best training experience of their lives.
The culinary and hospitality landscape is constantly evolving, both at home and abroad. We keep our finger on the pulse of all the latest culinary trends and industry requirements, and constantly adapt our training curricula to keep students on the cutting edge of global developments.
At CTIA, we continually update our courses, qualifications and training modalities to minimise COVID-related disruptions, to ensure that students benefit from the latest developments in the landscape and to maximise their prospects at career success.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created a demand for nationally certified programmes, and we are thrilled to announce that from 2022, we will be offering a host of new national qualifications in both our culinary and hospitality programmes.
This also means that the majority of our courses will be dual certified, with students receiving both a national-level qualification (accredited by QCTO or CATHSSETA) as well as an international qualification (accredited by City& Guilds or CTH) – enabling them to seize career opportunities in South Africa and abroad.
We have also significantly expanded our hospitality offering. This includes a new flagship full-time hospitality course, with on-campus learning.
In keeping with our commitment to constant innovation, we continue to refine our online training offering. When the pandemic struck in 2020, CTIA wasted no time in pioneering a virtual campus experience by developing a sophisticated online platform with video instruction and guided student interaction.
Our incredible innovation modules continue to be a drawcard for students who want to flex their creative muscles to the max. From molecular gastronomy to food photography, these specialist modules give our students an added edge as they map out a career in the exhilarating world of culinary arts.
In South Africa, all culinary schools have to align with the revised skills development strategy of the Organising Framework for Occupations. The revised strategy, which is in line with international trends and best practices, includes the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO). CTIA is proud to have been part of the development team for this programme; and we are fully accredited with the QCTO.
In terms of our internationally accredited offerings, CTIA has formed a long term partnership with City & Guilds (C&G) – a UK-based education organisation with global reach. Based on feedback from the industry, City & Guilds has updated their global hospitality qualifications to reflect the skills and competencies required by employers.
Excitingly, they have aligned these qualifications to the Global Hospitality Certification, our brand new global certification for the hospitality industry, developed in partnership with Worldchefs and employers around the world. This unique combination brings these new qualifications in line with current industry practices. These qualifications cover transferable as well as job role specific skills, set out by employers, offering a holistic approach to training learners to be work ready.
These programmes perfectly complement CTIA’s commitment to providing a cutting-edge education, and all the skills, experience and confidence needed to be ‘industry ready’ upon graduation.
Through its partnerships with national and global bodies, CTIA ensures its qualifications are recognised both locally and internationally.
We offer the following:
CTIA students get preference for international work opportunities through Placement International. Placement International is an American recruitment and placement company specializing in the luxury hospitality industry. They help international students and young professionals find paid internships, management training programs and first time jobs in the USA, Europe, Middle East, Asia, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Students are also given the opportunity to apply for a 6 month paid internship in Maldives on the Maamutaa Island, in partnership with the Pullman Resort. Every 6 months students who are afforded this opportunity will work in a 5 star restaurant on this island.
You! Whether you’re interested in a career as a professional chef, want to launch your own culinary business or want to explore the rewarding field of chef training, CTIA has the right course for you. We offer industry-relevant skills that will help you get into the workplace faster and sustain your career longer; whatever challenges you may encounter.
We look forward to welcoming you to CTIA – and providing you with a strong platform to reach your full culinary potential. Visit any of our campuses to sample a taste of what CTIA has to offer!
A training semester lasts six months, of which approximately 70% is spent on campus and 30% is spent at one of CTIA’s approved industry partners. During their industry placement, students experience hands-on and on-the-job-coaching, under direct mentorship, in a realistic work environment. This offers trainees an ideal opportunity to implement and hone the practical skills that they’ve been taught during the training semester. Students gain a great deal of confidence in the kitchen during their practical placement, which gives them a distinct advantage over entry-level trainee chefs who enter the industry with little or no experience.