Specialised Occupational Certificate

Want to Become a Chef? Choose Our Specialised Occupational Certificate

One important aspect that sets great chefs apart from ordinary restaurant cooks is expertise. Expertise is a combination of skill, hard work, and talent – not something that one attains overnight. The culinary industry is incredibly competitive, and expertise is the single factor that gives anyone in this sector an advantage when it comes to success. Having worked in the industry ourselves, our team of lecturers and staff at CTIA understand what this expertise looks like, and how to achieve it through top-tier training. Our culinary programmes are aimed at transforming young, hopeful students into master chefs with a passion for the kitchen – and the confidence to match it. Our all-encompassing Occupational Chef certificate is one such programme.

All About Our Occupational Chef Certificate

Our Occupational Certificate: Chef qualification is a full-time only programme which requires 36 months of study. It is accredited by CTIA, City & Guilds, and the QCTO. This means it is a dual qualification that is recognised both nationally and internationally, opening up the chance for students to work overseas and explore global opportunities.

Students start off strong in this programme, as they get to work as a kitchen hand (or commis) in the first and second year, eventually working their way up to chefs in their third year. Because advancing as sous-chefs and chefs de cuisine requires extensive practical training, our Occupational Chef certificate is an ideal foundation for students. Apart from qualifying with an Occupational Certificate: Chef (NQF5), students also gain a Level 2 Diploma in Food Preparation and Culinary Arts, and a Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Culinary Arts and Supervision. The delivery of the course is mostly on-campus training along with practical workplace integrated learning and a trade test.

Occupational Chef CertificateThe Occupational Chef certificate is made up of six semesters, with an optional Pâtisserie Programme add-on. Students who enrol in the course will learn various skills including:

  • The fundamentals of various cooking methods and kitchen operations.
  • Personal development in the hospitality and catering field.
  • Workplace standards and quality assurance in safety and food safety.
  • Menu planning and the theory of food production.
  • Various advanced food preparation techniques.
  • Environmental sustainability.
  • Gastronomy and scientific principles.
  • Staff resource management.
  • Financial management principles, like implementing and maintaining cost control.

While these are some of the topics incorporated into our modules, there is so much more this course has to offer in terms of professional and personal development. Students who work towards attaining this Occupational Chef certificate are well-equipped for a successful career.

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