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Apprenticeship in Culinary Arts

Apprenticeship in Culinary Arts

The Commis Chef Apprenticeship is a formal structured two year education and training programme, incorporating periods of off the job training and skills development in College and work based knowledge and skills development on the job skills in an approved industry kitchen.

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Apprentices will gain the skills and knowledge to prepare, cook and present a wide variety of dishes and commodities to a professional standard. The apprentice will gain an internationally recognised qualification, continue to earn whilst they learn with an employer of their choice, enrich their work immediately as they acquire new skills and enhance their employment prospects and career opportunities.

The course last for two full years. It begins with a three week five day structured induction in college and then continues with 2 days in College per week from September to June and one day per week July and August. The remaining days per week are spent with a Solas approved supplier, working whilst gaining on the job skills.  Assessment are completed in both college and the workplace.

About This Course

Course Content

Year 1, Semester 1

  • Health & Safety 

  • Culinary Skills & Standards 

  • Larder 

  • Classical Cuisine 

  • Basic Pastry Techniques 

  • Applied Nutrition for Menu Planning

Year 1 Semester 2

  • Computer Essentials

  • Scientific Principles & Culinary Technologies 

  • Food and Beverage Service 

  • International Cookery

  • Product Development and Innovation

Year 2 Semester 1

  • Food Safety 

  • Volume Food Production 

  • Global Cuisine 

  • Interpersonal Skills 

  • History and Development of Gastronomy 

  • Buffet Skills

Year 2 Semester 2

  • Applied Nutrition for Menu Design

  • Creative Pastry Techniques 

  • Business Practices for Hospitality 

  • Culinary Entrepreneurship

  • Culinary Event

Apprenticeship in Culinary Arts

Entry Requirements

Minimum aged at which employment of an apprentice may commence is 16 years.

1) A level 4 Major Award on the QQI National Framework of Qualification


2) A level 3 Certificate on the European Qualifications Framework with passes in a minimum of 5 subjects


3) Have a minimum of three years trade related experience, assessment of trade related experience is carried out by the Programme Manager in the ETB.

In addition to the above a pass in maths at Level 3 on the National Framework of Qualifications or Level 2 on the European Framework of qualification is also required.

Non-native English speakers require proof of having a B2 level of proficiency in English language.

Further Study

Apprentices who successfully complete the Commis Chef Apprenticeship will be eligible to progress to the Chef de Partie Apprenticeship at QQI Level 7 or progress to another course of culinary study.

Career Opportunities


On successful completion of the Commis Chef Apprenticeship the newly qualified Commis Chef will receive a QQI Level 6 Major Award- Advanced Certificate in Culinary Arts.

Course Fees

No course fee apply to this programme, the Solas approved employer pays the apprentice to attend college two days per week. Uniforms and books are also free to the apprentice.

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