Certificate in Culinary Skills (January 2017)

Institute of Technology, Tralee (TL_BCUSK_N)
Key Programme Details

Certificate in Culinary Skills

NFQ Level

Level 6 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Classroom - Daytime, Classroom - Evening


Part Time


ECTS Credits



Hotel, Culinary Arts & Tourism Department

General Information

Mary Stritch




066 7191701


Lifelong Learning Department (Room R101),
Institute of Technology, Tralee, North Campus, Tralee, Co Kerry


Adult Education Co-ordinator

Important Dates
Application Deadline


Start Date


About this Course

The Certificate in Culinary Skills is designed to provide candidates with immediate entry level job opportunities as Commis Chefs in the food service industry. This programme provides the knowledge, skill and competencies required to work autonomously in a professional kitchen using a range of essential practical skills. The modules included in this programme are designed to allow constant reinforcement of intensive practical skills ensuring graduates are job ready.

The delivery of the programme will be supported by mentoring in the workplace, a critical role that supports the student in applying the skills and lessons learnt in college to working in a professional hospitality establishment. The student’s mentor will be responsible for allocating time each week to the student, ensuring the student is gaining valuable and relevant practical experience and guiding the student through the programme. In addition, student reflective journals and guidelines for independent study will be in place for the student to complete and follow. These will include exercises to facilitate the achievement, in conjunction with college learning, of a number of programme learning outcomes.

Entry Requirements

Applicants who hold an FET/QQI award at NFQ level 5 or NFQ level 6 or equivalent. The Institute’s policy in relation to non-standard applicants also applies. Applicants may also be required to attend for interview.

Long Description

Students will study the following modules commencing in January 2017:

Culinary Skills 1
Culinary Operations 1
Fundamentals of Pastry 1
Culinary Skills 2
Culinary Operations 2
Fundamentals of Pastry 2
Work Based Learning

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 intensive skills training in college combined with the work based learning element provided in industry ensures the successful graduates are ready for immediate entry level positions in a range of food service providers - hotels, restaurants, licensed premises, industrial catering and retail outlets.

Timetable Info

Mondays from 2pm - 8pm
Tuesday from 2pm - 6pm
Wednesday 2pm - 7pm

Days and times indicated are provisional and maybe subject to change.

Delivery Location

Institute of Technology, Tralee - North Campus

Delivery Notes

On campus

Admissions Contact Details

Mary Stritch


Lifelong Learning Department (Room R101),
Institute of Technology, Tralee, North Campus, Tralee, Co Kerry


(066) 7191701



RPL Information

The IT, Tralee RPL policy is a process by which certified learning, learning gained at work or life experiences can be formally recognised, offering an alternative accreditation route to those with appropriate experience. The process of recognition compares learning directly with the learning outcomes of a module, stage or programme, and ensures each application is formally assessed by academic staff, against appropriate criteria. RPL applications to the IT, Tralee are intended to be used to gain access to academic programmes and or exemptions as appropriate. As part of the Springboard Application process using the RPL policy, applicants will be invited to arrange to meet and discuss their case with either the Head of Department or the course Co-ordinator initially, who will explain the RPL process.Relevant staff members will be available throughout the Springboard application period to deal with all RPL queries and to process RPL applications in an efficient and timely process.

Application Procedures

Applicants are required to include a copy of their highest qualification(s) achieved to-date with their application.