Certificate in Culinary Skills (Springboard)

Certificate in Culinary Skills (Springboard)

Course Overview

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Why take this course?

  • This course is designed for those who wish to work as a chef in the hotel/ restaurant/ contract catering sectors.
  • This course includes a mixture of classroom and practical hospitality classes. These are taught in our state-of-the-art facilities, which include dedicated training kitchens, a stylish restaurant and modern classrooms and IT labs.
  • The course is free for everyone. You will receive a uniform and knife set on registration.

What will I experience?

  • Core subjects covered including Volume Food production, Culinary Techniques, Pastry and more.
  • You will learn fundamental culinary skills from our dedicated and highly experience lecturers, taught in our fantastic facilities.
  • On this course you take a compulsory work placement at the end of your first year.

What opportunities might it lead to?

  • The Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure offers all students the opportunity to take part in overseas field trips to explore international hospitality. In the last three years our students have visited China, Dubai, Malaysia, Poland, Italy, France and Spain, among others.
  • Completion of the course will allow you to progress to year 2 of the Higher Certificate in Culinary Arts
  • Completion of the course will open up new opportunities in the culinary service sector.

Additional Information

  • Applications to be made on www.springboardcourses.ie
  • Applicants must also upload supporting documentation with regard to eligibility on the Springboard AMS.
  • Please contact Ms Georgina Hogan on ghogan@ait.ie with enquiries

Assessment Information

​You will be assessed through:

  • Practical work
  • Continuous assessment
  • Attendance
  • Exams
  • Presentations
  • Online.

Course Details

Course Fees:
Free for eligible Springboard participants
Course Duration:
1 Year
Course Commencement Date:
  • Teaching commences early September, date TBC
Course Award:
Course NFQ Level:
Level 6
Dept of Hospitality, Tourism & Leisure
Minimum Entry Requirements:
  • Candidates must have a Level 5 (i.e. Leaving Certificate or full Further Education award) to gain admittance for a Level 6 course.
  • Mature candidates (23+) are also eligible to apply.
  • Candidates who do not have English as a first language will have to demonstrate competence in ability to complete assignments.
  • Candidates should have a strong interest in working in the hospitality industry.




Lecturer Testimonial

Brian O'Ruairc, Lecturer in Culinary Arts Profile Image

Brian O'Ruairc, Lecturer in Culinary Arts

Brian O'Ruairc is a graduate of the Culnary School in Killybegs, Thames Valley University, Slough & the City and Guilds Advanced Craft Cookery.

Student Testimonial

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Patrick Walsh, Advanced Certificate in Professional Cookery

If you are truly passionate about food and want to become a great chef, then AIT is the best college to help you achieve your career goals.

Student Testimonial

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AIT hospitality and tourism students in Dubai

"Dubai was an incredible experience for us. It was a place we never thought we would have wanted to visit but now we have a whole new perspective for ourfuture careers! We loved seeing the different culture and learning about the history of Dubai."

Student Testimonial

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Hospitality and tourism students in Shanghai

Annual field trips to world leading cities help students develop awareness of global issues, standards and opportunities.

Course Structure

Year 1

  • Culinary Techniques
  • Volume Food Production
  • Learning and Development for Higher Education
  • Nutrition and Menu Planning
  • Pastry

Course Facilities

Careers & Opportunities

Further Study

Upon completion of this course you can progress to Year 2 of our Higher Certificate in Culinary Arts (either full time or part-time)

Higher Certificate in Culinary Arts

Higher Certificate in Arts

Facility Gallery

The Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure
Hospitality students in the Burj al Arab, Dubai
Hospitality students in the Burj al Arab, Dubai
Training Bar in the Hospitality Building
Training Restaurant in the Hospitality Building
Training Restaurant in the Hospitality Building
HTL Sport Management Students