Course Description

National Traineeship in Professional Cookery Stage 1 in Professional Cookery(Catering Industry Only)

The National Chef Traineeship is designed to enable chefs to learn on the job while formalising their training on a day release basis in Crumlin College. The course is based on a solid foundation of practical culinary skills and techniques reinforced by a formal academic qualification -Advanced Certificate in Professional Cookery. Successful graduates of Stage 1 may then advance onto the BA in Culinary Arts (HETAC) Level 7 in participating Institutes of Technology.

The Programme:
During the first two years of the course trainees learn fundamental culinary techniques, the theory & practice of professional cookery, menu design, cost control, food science and health & safety supported by academic knowledge. Crumlin College students with their CATEX awards
Crumlin students often take part in the National Chef Competition (CATEX) and won two silver medals and two Certificate of Merit awards. Gordon Carberry won overall silver medal for the Mystery Basket competition and Certificate of Merit for Cupcakes. Iulian Sucic won silver medal for the Senior Lamb competition and Edvin Bogdanous won Certificate of Merit in the Junior Pasta competition.
Awarding Body:
Further Education & Training Awards Council (FETAC)/QQI – Professional Cookery Award Level 6 6M2099
Trainees work full time as a chef in the kitchen of an approved tourism & hospitality establishment and attend Crumlin College one fixed day a week, with a 1 week period of college in September and May. Employers support the trainees in paid employment for the duration of the programme and must nominate a dedicated mentor to support the trainee. All work based learning is supported by the College’s programme.
This course is delivered by a combination of work based learning with college based attendance on a day release basis. The work place learning must be supported throughout the first two years by an appointed mentor in the workplace.
Enrolment Information:
Application forms are available to download or to collect from the College from March onwards and should be returned as soon as possible. Applicants will be notified in August/September and called for interview.
Successful applicants will be notified in August and may be called for interview. Applicants must be currently employed in an approved establishment.

Formation of Classes:
The formation of classes depends on the demand. Crumlin College reserves the right under unavoidable circumstances to alter the time or day of a course & to substitute any teacher or instructor where necessary

CollegeCrumlin College of Further Education (CDETB)
Course LocationDublin
Location PostcodeDublin 12
Course CategoryCookery Courses, Hospitality & Tourism
Course QualificationLevel 6 Advanced Certificate
Awarding BodyQQI
Course Duration2 years
Course FeePOA
Phone01 454 0662
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Crumlin College of Further Education (CDETB)
Crumlin Road
Crumlin, Dublin
Republic of Ireland
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