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Certificate in Culinary Arts and Professional Cookery (Springboard)

This FREE 12 week course for the unemployed will introduce students to the advanced culinary skills required to find immediate work as a Commis Chef

Discipline: Culinary Arts

Location: Galway - Dublin Road

NFQ Level: 6

Entry Requirements: Pass in the Leaving Certificate (or EU equivalent) if under 23.

Places: 32


No fees for eligible applicants. For eligibility go to

Why Study?

The course will introduce students to the culinary skills required to find immediate work as a Commis Chefs in the culinary sector.

Students will develop a deep understanding of culinary techniques, theory and practice over 12 weeks, while attending two and a half days of lectures per week.

The course also includes a 400 hour industry work placement. 

In addition, this course will provide the building blocks of future engagement on other culinary programmes.


Programme Modules

  • Food Safety (Culinary) - 5 credits
  • Professional Cookery Operations - 10 credits
  • Fundamentals of Pastry Baking & Desserts - 10 credits
  • Industry Work Based Learning - 5 credits

Career Opportunities

Graduates will work at entry level positions in professional kitchens.

There is a high demand for skilled, qualified professionals in this field.

Essential Information: 

To Apply

To apply for this course, you must go to


Eligibility Criteria

If under 23, applicants must have passed Leaving Certificate or equivalent.

Applicants will be interviewed to determine suitability for entrance to the programme, and the interview will form part of the selection process.


The Springboard Programme is operated by the Higher Education Authority on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills and is co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Union under the Euroepan Structural and Investment Funds Programme 2014-2020.

Contact Us


Mary Russell
Tel: +353 (0)91 742145

Peter Butler
Tel: +353 (0)91 742328

Lifelong Learning Centre
Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT)
Dublin Road