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Introduction to Professional Cookery – National Certificate

Course Introduction

This introduction to becoming an Occupational Chef has been developed to offer a wide spectrum of unemployed persons and school leavers the opportunity to learn and study the foundations of the culinary world and to gain credits towards the more advanced qualifications available which will eventually qualify the individual towards becoming a qualified chef. In accordance with CHS policy regarding lifelong learning, successful candidates can on completion of this introductory course, enrol for other full time or part time courses offered by CHS to further their qualifications. All credits obtained will be recognised if applicable to other programmes offered by CHS.

Study Locations

This course is currently available to students at our Pretoria Campus.

Course Outline

Students will be placed out to several practical establishments during the first year of studies to a total of 16 weeks.  The latter will be arranged by CHS under close supervision and according to a roster to complement the theoretical training.


CATHSSETA Qualification:

  • National Certificate in Food Preparation and Cooking (SAQA ID: 14111)

City and Guilds Qualification Included:

  • Award in Food Safety in Catering (8065-203)

QCTO Qualification Included:

  • Credits towards Occupational Certificate: Chef

Course Costs

Our Enrolment Deposit is now only R 3 000!

Payment options also available!

One Year Only
Enrolment Deposit R 3 000
PC Starter Kit R 27 000
Study Fees R 60 000
Total for the Year R 90 000



Practical Training

Chef students are placed and monitored at some of the leading hotels, restaurants and conference venues in Pretoria and CHS is proud to have long standing relationships with these establishments. These practical placements ensure that our students are ready for employment upon completion of the course as they have gained invaluable workplace experience.

View our practical training establishments

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