The 6 Month Skills Proficiency Programme in food preparation and cooking has been developed by HTA in conjunction with employers within the catering and hospitality industries. This compact and affordable programme is the perfect starting point for students with little or no previous experience in cooking and catering who wish to excel in professional cookery and affiliated industries.

Programme Duration?

The Skills Proficiency Programme runs over 6 months. The Theoretical and Practical Components of The Skills Proficiency Programme offers comprehensive training and development taught by experienced chefs. From knife skills to understanding hot and cold kitchens, you’ll learn the necessary know-how to give you the confidence to enter the world of professional cookery or enable you to further your knowledge and skills in an advanced Professional Chef Programme.

The 6-month Skills Proficiency Programme Course Overview:

The 6-month programme comprises of multiple professional cookery modules, Food Costing as well as Health and Safety will also be covered.

On Successful completion of the programme, the learner will receive CATHSSETA: Assistant Chef.

The students will also get real-world industry experience by completing two Experiential Training placements of six weeks.

Course outline

  • Fundamentals of Food Costing
  • Introduction to Hospitality
  • Safety and Security
  • Personal Hygiene and Professional Behaviour
  • Principles of Food Area Management
  • Handle and Maintain Knives
  • Meat, Offal, Poultry and Game
  • Fish
  • Sauces and Soups
  • Vegetables
  • Hot and Cold Desserts
  • Pulses and Grains
  • Dough
  • Introduction to Pastry
  • Egg
  • Pasta
  • Shellfish
  • Fruit
  • Potatoes, Noodles and Farinaceous
  • Stocks
  • Salad and Dressing
  • Sandwiches and Canapes
  • Herbs and Spices
  • Seasoning and Flavouring
For more information, programme dates and costs, please contact us, or if you would like to preliminary apply
please complete the online application form for submission.



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