Occupational Certificate: Chef

  • Type of Study: Online
  • Admission Requirement:

    16 Years or Older. Completed a General Certificate (Grade 10) or Occupational Certificate (NQF Level 2) with Mathematical Literacy

  • Qualification: QCTO Occupational Certificate: Chef (NQF Level 5, SAQA ID 101697)
  • Duration: 36 months
  • Cost: R35000

Attain an accredited and internationally recognised certificate from the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO), fully online. With this certificate, you can work as a certified Chef in various establishments in the hospitality industry, such as hotels, restaurants, and catering (HORECA) businesses. This comprehensive Chef qualification encompasses the necessary supervisory and financial skills required to effectively manage and operate your own catering or food business in the dynamic field of culinary arts. The programme will equip you with specialised knowledge and skills to enhance your culinary career in all areas of the Professional Cookery industry.

During this programme, you will gain the following knowledge and skills:

  • Strengthen your business skills when applying numeracy, units of measurement, operational cost control and your level of
    computer competency and research.
  • Get introduced to the catering and hospitality industry and set your personal development path as a culinary professional.
  • Practise personal hygiene as well as food and workplace safety.
  • Be aware of environmental sustainability and the impact thereof.
  • Familiarise yourself with nutrition, special diets and healthier food preparation and cooking.
  • Plan and cost menus to ensure cost control management across the catering operation.
  • Get to implement the theory behind food production and maintain food production systems.
  • Become familiar with the management and maintenance of staff , facility, equipment and commodity resources.
  • Explore the kitchen, utensils and production systems, processes and resources.
  • Identify basic ingredients and practise a variety of food preparation, cooking and finishing methods and techniques.
  • Introduction to gastronomy, flavour construction and global cuisines.

Our Chef programme allows you to cover all the components online which are accessible on your PC or mobile phone. You will observe different methods and techniques through engaging videos and multimedia and interactive digital learning experiences, recipes and structured practical sessions alongside professional chef assessor support. You will also undertake a guided workplace experience component.

*To be issued with a Trade Certificate, the learner must have completed and passed a Trade Test at an accredited Trade Test centre.

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