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The CTIA approach to accreditation, association and recognition. Through its partnerships with national and global bodies, CTIA ensures its qualifications are recognised both locally and internationally.



A national programme, accredited by the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO).


Several internationally recognised programmes, accredited by City & Guilds (C&G) and/or the Confederation of Tourism and Hospitality (CTH).


CTIA now offers short courses for the home cook.


An opportunity to travel to Switzerland and further your studies to a Bachelor Degree in Culinary Arts at the Business & Hospitality Management School (BHMS) in Lucerne. (CTIA’s exclusive partnership with BHMS).


CTIA offers students the opportunity to customize and specialise their education through our newly added innovation modules. Included in your programme, students will be able to select from a list of specialised modules.

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City & Guilds develop programmes of learning, learning technology, certification and assessment, to support colleges, training providers and governments. Their qualifications, support services and flexible learning options enable people to unlock their potential and progress in their careers. City & Guilds have thousands of qualifications that have been developed in conjunction with key organisations in 28 industries. That’s why they are recognised by employers worldwide. They are available at all levels, from entry level to the equivalent of a postgraduate degree, and so offer clear pathways to support centres and leaners to achieve success.

The international qualifications offer learners great opportunities for career development as well as progression into higher and professional education. They are widely accepted by employers around the world as the benchmark for workplace excellence and provide learners with the skills they need to succeed in today’s fast changing economic environment.

We are proud to announce our affiliation to the Chaine Des Rotisseurs through our proud member of the Chaine Des Rotisseurs, Bailliage du Cap, Maître Hôtelier – Deon Roets.

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The Department of Higher Education and Training is one of the departments of the South African government. It oversees universities and other post-secondary education in South Africa. Chefs Training & Innovation Group is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a Private College in terms of Section 31(3) of the Continuing Education and Training Act, 2006 (Act No. 16 of 2006) and Regulation 12(4)(b) of the Regulations for the Registration of Private Further Education and Training Colleges, 2007. Registration No. 2012/FE07/040

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The Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) is a Quality Council established in 2010 in terms of the Skills Development Act Nr. 97 of 1998. Its role is to oversee the design, implementation, assessment and certification of occupational qualifications, including trades, on the Occupational Qualifications Sub-Framework (OQSF).

The QCTO also offers guidance to skills development providers who must be accredited by the QCTO to offer occupational qualifications.

In summary, the QCTO is responsible for:
1.1.1. Establishment and management of the Occupational Qualification Sub-framework (OQSF);
1.1.2. Occupational Qualifications development and maintenance;
1.1.3. Accreditation of Skills Development Providers;
1.1.4. Accreditation of Assessment Centres;
1.1.5. Assessment;
1.1.6. Certification;
1.1.7. Research and Knowledge Development; and
1.1.8. Stakeholder Management and Advocacy.

The vision of the QCTO is to qualify a skilled and capable workforce.

The mission of the QCTO is to effectively and efficiently manage the OQSF in order to set standards, develop and quality assure national occupational qualifications for all who want a trade or occupation and, where appropriate, professions.


  1. Innovation and Excellence – We rise to opportunities and challenges, we continuously learn, we are innovative and we consistently produce work of distinction and fine quality, on time, and in line with our clients’ needs.
  2. Empowerment and Recognition – We enable people to make things happen, we encourage and support one another when and where needed, and we celebrate successful accomplishment of work.
  3. Respect and Dignity – We value and show consideration for all people we work with; treat one another with kindness and thoughtfulness, and embrace inclusivity.
  4. Ethics and Integrity – We embrace and practise a moral code of trustworthiness, honesty and truthfulness in everything we say and do, and we honour our promises and commitments.
  5. Ownership and Accountability – We take ownership of our responsibilities and we answer for our decisions and actions.
  6. Authenticity – We protect the public by issuing authentic, quality qualifications.

Each CTIA Campus is individually registered with the QCTO as follow:

  • Centurion Campus:  SDP1220/17/006
  • Durban Campus:  SDP1223/17/00399
  • Stellenbosch Campus:  QCTOSDP00180628-967
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The Culture, Art, Tourism, Hospitality, and Sport Sector Education and Training Authority (CATHSSETA) is one of the 21 SETAs established under the Skills Development Act (No 97 of 1998) in 2001.

CATHSSETA was formally known as the Tourism and Hospitality Education and Training Authority (THETA) until 1 April 2012, when we became the Culture, Art, Tourism, Hospitality and Sport Sector Education and Training Authority.
Our mandate is to facilitate skills development within our sub-sectors through the disbursement of grants for learning programmes and monitoring of education and training as outlined in the National Skills Development Strategy (NSDS).

We operate in the following sub-sectors:

  • Arts, Culture and Heritage
  • Conservation
  • Gaming and Lotteries
  • Hospitality
  • Sport, Recreation and Fitness
  • Travel and Tourism

Registration number:  613/P/000196/2012


Located in the heart of Lucerne, a vibrant and beautiful city in Switzerland, the Business Hospitality Management School (BHMS) is one of the world’s leading hospitality schools. A first-of-its-kind partnership between CTIA and BHMS opens up a world of new opportunities for students, as it allows those who have completed the QCTO accredited Occupational Chef Certificate with CTIA to further their studies abroad at this prestigious Swiss school.

Upon completing the 36-month Occupational Certificate: Chef course at CTIA, students may enrol for a fourth and final year at BHMS (based in Switzerland) to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Culinary Arts. The course builds on students’ existing culinary competencies and experiences to deepen and hone practical, leadership and business skills.

Highlights include inter-disciplinary management of food service operations, which also include sought-after skills such as customer service, resource planning and management. New product development, molecular cuisine, technology applications and managing teams in the kitchen labs, provide additional capstone learning before students progress to their final industry training and job placement. As part of the course, students will also undertake a paid six-month-long internship, with remuneration in Swiss Francs. This is a guaranteed placement upon enrolment at BHMS.


In terms of our internationally accredited offerings, CTIA has forged a brand new partnership with the Confederation of Tourism and Hospitality (CTH) – a UK-based education organisation with global reach, and a leading professional membership and awarding body in the UK. Its mission is to enhance careers in the tourism and hospitality industry all around the world.

CTH courses are endorsed by important industry figures and brands, including Gordon Ramsay and his Tante Marie Culinary Academy, Virgin Atlantic, the Star Alliance, Sabre and many more. 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.

CTH provides a ladder of progression in qualifications at Certificate, Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Professional Diploma and Executive Diploma level. CTH ensures its quality through its recognised status with Ofqual, the UK government body responsible for oversight of the UK’s accredited qualification framework. All qualifications are developed in conjunction with leading employers and sectoral bodies to ensure relevance, value and quality. This approach guarantees that our qualifications are valued by employers throughout the world. All CTH Approved Teaching Centres worldwide undergo a stringent accreditation process, both prior to approval and each year thereafter, to ensure they achieve suitable quality thresholds to enable effective delivery of our programmes.

CTH has strong links with the industry, with relationships and endorsements from organisations such as Virgin Atlantic Airways, GTMC, Star Alliance, Marriot Hotels Caribbean, Radisson Edwardian, Sheraton Hotels, Mantis Collection, Adair Leadership, The Intercontinental Hotels Group and many others.


The Chartered Institute of Tourism and Hospitality (ITHSA) is the southern African representative of the Confederation of Tourism and Hospitality (CTH) in the UK.

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The South African Chefs Association (SA Chefs) is a non-profit industry organisation that has been representing chefs, cooks and caterers at all levels for over 40 years.

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The World Association of Chefs’ Societies, or Worldchefs in short, is a dynamic global network of more than 100 chefs associations representing chefs at all levels and across all specialties worldwide.

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The Cape Wine Academy (Proprietary) Limited is the recognised leader in wine appreciation and wine education in South Africa.

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Chefs Training & Innovation Group (PTY) Ltd Reg No. 2015/223644/07 is provisionally registered as a Private College with the Department of Higher Education and Training for qualification as per registration number 2012/FE07/040.

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