Certificate in Culinary Skills (Certificate in Culinary Skills)

Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (CertCulinarySkills)
Key Programme Details

Certificate in Culinary Skills

NFQ Level

Level 6 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online, Classroom, Blended


Part Time

ECTS Credits



Galway International Hotel School

General Information

Peter Butler




0858053691 Monday to Friday 09:00 to 17:00


Graduate and Professional Development
Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology | Galway Campus | Dublin Rd. | Galway | Ireland

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About this Course

This proposal is a consortium proposal led by LYIT, in conjunction with AIT, CIT, Dundalk IT, GMIT, LIT, Tralee IT & WIT. The aim of this prog. is to provide learners with the knowledge, skills & competence necessary for a career in a professional cookery environment. This will be achieved by providing learners with the essential practical skills & knowledge required of modern day professionals working in kitchen environments. The primary focus of the prog. is to prepare graduates for a variety of roles in food preparation in food retail outlets including delicatessens, gastro pubs, catering outlets & restaurants.

Full details of the course, including course documentation, can be found at www.gmit.ie/culinary-arts/certificate-culinary-skills-springboard

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate with 5 passes if <23 years of age, no academic qualification required if >23 years of age.
All candidates will be contacted by phone in mid-August.

Long Description

On successful completion of this prog. learners will have the ability to:

KNOWLEDGE Describe the organisation, understand costing & control elements of running a professional kitchen. Apply scientific principles, technologies & systems to operating a professional kitchen • Manage the implementation of food control, food cost, portion & quality control in a professional kitchen

SKILLS Demonstrate a wide range of precision technical culinary skills to produce a variety of classical & contemporary dishes. Apply & adapt nutritional knowledge to creative food production & menu planning. Analyse appropriate styles of food & beverage service

COMPETENCE Explain the role of gastronomy in the development of culinary arts. Operate computer software & systems relevant to the culinary arts. Evaluate a range of knowledge, skills & competence to design, organise, serve & evaluate a meal experience. Apply relevant provisions of legislation & regulation relevant to the hospitality business, including health & safety at work legislation, food safety legislation & the principles of Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP). Identify key academic & independent learning skills appropriate to the hospitality industry.

Why Choose This Course

This programme is designed for anyone wishing to work as professional chef or for those individuals whom are working in professional kitchens and wish to upskill and pursue a higher education qualification. Key practical kitchen skills will be taught in professional cookery operations, pastry, baking and desserts and live kitchen operations supported by theory in food safety and nutrition. Upon successful completion of this programme candidates may apply to progress to year two of the Higher Certificate in Culinary Arts programme. Candidates will be required to undertake a work placement as part of this programme. This will be arranged by GMIT.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this programme find employment in many different types of environments from professional kitchens in hotels, bars, restaurants or cafes, to bakeries, hospital kitchens or industry kitchens.

Timetable Info

Practical classes will take place on campus 2 days per week with theory delivered on-line. Days of week will be determined in August on receipt of applications.

Delivery Location

Galway International Hotel, GMIT, Dublin Road, Campus

Delivery Notes


Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Peter Butler


Graduate and Professional Development
Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology | Galway Campus | Dublin Rd. | Galway | Ireland


0858053691 Monday to Friday 09:00 to 17:00



Application Procedures

NOTE: The course is now closed for applications. GMIT has applied for it to be funded again in 2021.. If the application is successful the course will reopen for application on www.springboardcourses.ie in May/ June.