Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.

Department of Hotel, Culinary and Tourism

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Certificate in Culinary Skills

NFQ Level:  6
Credits: 60
Award Type: Minor Award
Application: Apply Now
Closing Date: Friday 18th September 2020
Modules: View Modules

Course Description


The aim of this programme is to provide learners with the knowledge, skills and competence necessary for a career in a professional cookery environment. This will be achieved by providing learners with the essential practical skills and knowledge required of modern-day professionals working in kitchen environments. This one-year part-time programme combines college-based education in culinary operations with work-based learning in industry.

The primary focus of the programme is to prepare graduates for a variety of roles in food preparation in food retail outlets including delicatessens, gastro pubs, catering outlets and restaurants.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold a FET/QQI award at NFQ level 5 or equivalent. The Institute’s policy in relation to recognition of prior learning (RPL) also applies. Applicants may also be required to attend for interview.


This programme will be delivered part-time from September 2020 to May 2021


Fees do not apply to applicants who meet the criteria under the Springboard+ Initiative. Fee paying applicants €7,200

Progression Opportunities

Having successfully completed this programme, candidates can apply for progression to the second year of the Higher Certificate in Arts in Culinary Arts.


  • Introduction to Culinary Skills
  • Introduction to Patisserie
  • Learning at Third Level
  • Food Safety and Culinary Science
  • Patisserie Skills
  • Food and Beverage Service
  • Introduction to Live Kitchen Operations
  • Information Technology 1
  • Nutrition
  • Work Placement

Lifelong Learning Department

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Phone: 066 7191701