Certificate in Culinary Skills (September 2019)

Institute of Technology, Tralee (TBC)
Key Programme Details

Minor Award

NFQ Level

6 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Classroom - Daytime, Classroom - Evening


Part Time

ECTS Credits



Department of Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism

General Information

Mary Stritch




+353 (0)66 7191701


Lifelong Learning Department
Room R101
Business/IT Building
IT Tralee North Campus
Co Kerry


Adult Education Co-ordinator

Important Dates
Application Deadline


Start Date


End Date


About this Course

The aim of this programme is to provide learners with the knowledge, skills and competence necessary for a career in a professional cookery environment. This will be achieved by providing learners with the essential practical skills and knowledge required of modern day professionals working in kitchen environments. This one year part-time programme combines college based
education in culinary operations with work based learning in industry. The primary focus of the programme is to prepare graduates for a variety of roles in food preparation in food retail outlets including delicatessens, gastro pubs, catering outlets and restaurants.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold a FET/QQI award at NFQ level 5 or equivalent. The Institute’s policy in relation to recognition of prior learning (RPL) also applies. Applicants may also be required to attend for interview.

Long Description

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

Introduction to Culinary Skills
Introduction to Patisserie
Learning at Third Level
Food Safety and Culinary Science
Patisserie Skills
Food and Beverage Service
Introduction to Live Kitchen Operations
Information Technology 1
Work Placement

Why Choose This Course

What our students say

"My time spent in IT Tralee has been most enjoyable. The course is all about giving you the skills and knowledge to become a chef. Practical classes like Culinary Operations where we would cook for customers in the college training restaurant was a great experience. This provided an opportunity to get a glimpse of what a professional kitchen is like. I found the work experience an invaluable part of the course and have since gained a full-time job from it. The Institute and lecturers are very welcoming and are full of encouragement and positivity. I am looking forward to returning next year to further my qualification as a professional chef".

Career Opportunities

According to the ITIC (Irish Tourism Industry Confederation) 2017 Report on Overseas Visitors Spend in Ireland, employment in tourism in the Border Region is the fourth highest of the seven regions, after Dublin, East/ Midlands and South West, but is the lowest of the seven regions in terms of visitor spend over 2014 — 16. This is due to the reliance on the domestic and Northern Ireland tourism market, where average spend is lower.

Fáilte Ireland's strategy, as embodied in the development of the Wild Atlantic Way, is to divert more international, higher spend tourists to the northern half of the route away from congested areas further south. In order to attract and develop higher spend markets, product and service provision will need to be enhanced, including training and staff development.

Skills shortages in the sector have been identified in recent reports by the Restaurant Association of Ireland, the Irish Hotels Federation and Expert Group on Future Skills Needs for the Hospitality Sector (as reference above). The main focus of the programme is to ensure that the local pool of potential employees is trained in local institutes of technology and engaged proactively through placement in local businesses/establishments.

Institute-based training focuses on a combination of theoretical and practical knowledge, skills and competencies required of a modern chef, which is reinforced and put into practice during work orientation/placement. The content of the modules has been agreed by all stakeholders.

Timetable Info

This programme will be delivered part-time from September 2019 to May 2020.

All successful applicants will be required to attend in person for registration/orientation, this will take place on Monday 16th September 2019.
Classes will commence the week beginning Monday, 23rd September 2019.

Please note students may be required to attend in person on campus to sit end of semester examinations.

Delivery Location

IT Tralee, North Campus.

Delivery Notes

Class room based delivery.

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Mary Stritch


Lifelong Learning Department
Room R101
Business/IT Building
IT Tralee North Campus
Co Kerry


+353 (0)66 7191701



Application Procedures

Apply online at www.springboardcourses.ie

All applicants must submit copies of previous relevant qualifications obtained OTHERWISE applications will not be considered.

Closing date for application to this programme is Wednesday 11th September. Places will be filled by appropriately qualified applicants on a first come, first served basis, therefore early application is advised.

Fees do not apply to applicants who meet the criteria under the Springboard+ initiative.