Professional Chef Qualification
Specialisation PastryInternational and national qualifications and courses included

Programme Overview

So, you want to be a Pastry Chef? This qualification enables you to obtain a full chef's qualification with the benefits of specialising In the exciting field of pastry.

In 2012 the OCTO gazetted Chef as a registered Trade In South Africa, which requires a 3-year learning period and a Trade Test. The SA qualification, Occupational Certificate Chef, accredited by QCTO followed by the NAMB Trade Test, is the only recognised chef qualification In South Africa which Sues recognition to chefs as artisans practising a trade. The Inclusion of the City and Guilds international diplomas give our graduates a further advantage, a passport to the global job market.

Aspiring pastry chefs are provided with a fundamental grounding in all disciplines relating to the production of top-quality cuisine, health and safety measures and the management of a fully operational kitchen. Food and beverage and events management courses are included in the programme to multi-skill these learners. At CHS Hotel School we also emphasise the importance of soft (life) skills to enable learners to fit in at the workplace and eventually progress from commis pastry chefs to managing pastry kitchens and emerge as leaders in the specialised field of pastry. 

You can’t hurry love, and you can’t rush puff pastry, either. You can knead too much, and you can be too needy. Always, warmth is what brings pastry to rise. Chemistry creates something amazing; coupled with care and heat, it works some kind of magic to create this satisfying, welcoming, and nourishing thing that is the base of life - Kathleen Flinn

Learning Outcomes

To achieve the following minimum learning outcomes, you should have a deep-rooted passion for the craft, stamina and treat your feet with tender loving care!

  1. Food, Personal and Workplace Safety
  2. Financial Management, Food Costing and Operational Cost Control
  3. Environmental Awareness
  4. Nutrition and Diets
  5. Food Preparation, Presentation and Production Processes
  6. Food Ingredients and Beverages
  7. Cuisine Studies
  8. Supervision, Management and Planning
  9. Food Items and Dishes
  10. Conflict Management, Cultural Diversity, Multi-tasking

Work Integrated Learning
(Practical Training Offsite)

As a result of our high standards and industry recognition, CHS Hotel School is one of the very few tertiary institutions to guarantee work-integrated learning at a variety of reputable hotels, restaurants, guest houses and conference centres in and around Pretoria. We place, roster, and rotate each student and evaluate off-campus practical training regularly.

Work-integrated learning, which is prescribed in the curriculum, takes place under close supervision and according to a roster to complement theoretical studies and prepare learners for the workplace.

Blended Learning

The Oxford Dictionary defines blended learning as a style of education in which students learn via electronic and online media as well as traditional face-to-face teaching. More Details

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