Certificate in Food Business Innovation

Institute of Technology, Tralee (1013 Hotels, Restaurants and Catering)
Key Programme Details

Minor Award

NFQ Level

7 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Classroom - Daytime



ECTS Credits



Hotel Culinary & Tourism

Skills Area


General Information

Mary Stritch




066 7191701


Lifelong Learning Department,
Institute of Technology Tralee, North Campus, Tralee, Co Kerry.


Lifelong Learning co-ordinator

Important Dates
Application Deadline


Start Date


End Date


About this Course

This programme is designed to provide individuals with the skills set to develop a career in the food sector. This may be in self-employment or within a food related organisation, where the graduate of the programme will be involved in the development and enhancement of new food products. The programme takes participants through idea generation, market assessment, business start-up and product testing. Work based learning provides participants with an opportunity to put the theory into practice, to develop confidence and make the transition back into work.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold a level 6 Higher Certificate or equivalent qualification. The Institute's policy in relation to non-standard applicants also applies.

Long Description

The modules to be completed as part of this programme will include:

Introduction to Culinary Skills
Food Product Design and Innovation
Communications in the Workplace
Food Product Development and Enterprise
Work Based Learning (Culinary)

Why Choose This Course

At IT Tralee we offer a range of courses across an array of subject areas at many different levels of academic study. The courses we provide offer you the opportunity to gain new qualifications to advance your career, or possibly to find a new interest and meet new people. The Institute is committed to providing a high quality and relevant education service to all our students on both undergraduate and postgraduate courses. The friendly and welcoming atmosphere on campus is created by our students and staff. Our Student Services team offer a wide range of services to make sure that the transition to third level is as smooth as possible. The Institute also has a team of students who act as mentors for all newcomers each year. The Students' Union also provides help and advice via the elected student executive.

There is a great diversity of backgrounds and cultures among our student population at the ITT with over forty nationalities represented on campus. The Institute offers a wide range of sports clubs which cater for both competitive and recreational sport welcoming both the beginner and the accomplished athlete. Societies are run by students for the benefit of students. Societies are essential in creating a balance between the academic and social aspect of college life. Students can choose from over 30 clubs to get involved with. Finally, as a student at the Institute you can expect high quality teaching and learning that ensures your study is relevant, up to the minute and challenging.

Career Opportunities

The programme modules will allow students to develop their career in the following areas:
Professional Chef (entry level);
Food Product Development;
Start their own business.

These opportunities are available in areas across the food industry such as:
Hotels, restaurants, cafes, bistros;
Industrial and contract catering - airlines, hospitals, schools;
Cruise liners;
Food manufacturing and processing;
Licensed trade;
Food distribution companies.

Timetable Info

This programme will be delivered part-time from September 2017 to May 2018. Days and times to be confirmed.

Delivery Location

North Campus
Institute of Technology Tralee
Co Kerry

Delivery Notes


Admissions Contact Details

Mary Stritch


Lifelong Learning Department,
Institute of Technology Tralee, North Campus, Tralee, Co Kerry


(066) 7191701



Application Procedures

Apply on-line at www.springboardcourses.ie

All applicants must submit copies of previous qualifications obtained.

Applicants may also be required to attend for interview.