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Cavan Institute

Pre-Apprenticeship Commis Chef


Pre-Apprenticeship Commis Chef

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied or LCVP or QQI Level 4 Award. Equal consideration will be given to mature applicants (those aged over 23) who do not meet these entry requirements.

Career Opportunities

This course is aimed at students interested in becoming a chef within the hospitality industry. 


Students who successfully complete the course can enter the Commis Chef Apprenticeship programme offered at Cavan Institute or other FET providers.

Students will have the opportunity to study Food Safety and achieve 5-year certification from EHAI (Environmental Health Association of Ireland). The programme offers students a 40-day work practice, giving students hands on experience working out in an industrial kitchen, in a hotel / restaurant linked to the commis chef programme, aiding progression to the commis chef course. 

Course Fees

Course Content

QQI Level 5 Certificate in Professional Cookery 

  • Food Science

  • Food Technology

  • International Cuisines

  • Word Processing

  • Personal Effectiveness

  • Food Hygiene

  • Menu Planning

  • Menu Design

  • Meal Service

About This Course

This course will enable students to develop good culinary skills and pastry skills. Students will study Food Science, Food Technology, International Cuisines, Word Processing, Personal Effectiveness, Food Hygiene and develop an understanding of Menu Planning, Menu Design, and Meal Service.

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