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Commis Chef

On successful completion of the Commis Chef Apprenticeship the apprentice is awarded a Level 6 Advanced Certificate Culinary Arts.

  • Start date
    March 2022
  • Duration
    2 years
  • Certification
    Level 6 Professional
  • Fees
    No Fees
  • Funding
    Apprentice Payment


The lead industry partner for this apprenticeship is the Irish Hotels Federation. The apprenticeship is a 2-year programme which involves 3 or 4 days per week on-the-job training, and 1 or 2 days per week off-the-job, depending on the time of year. The apprenticeship is coordinated by Kerry ETB at Kerry College's Monavalley Campus and is delivered in a range of locations in Cavan & Monaghan ETB, City of Dublin ETB, Cork ETB, Galway & Roscommon ETB and Limerick & Clare ETB.

What does a Commis Chef do?

  • The Commis chef involves acquiring the knowledge, skills and competence to carry out the core cooking tasks/responsibilities within the kitchen section (e.g. starters, vegetables, sweets, meats, sauces, etc.) in order to work autonomously at this level.

What are the entry requirements?

The minimum age at which the employment of an apprentice may commence is 16 years of age.

The minimum education requirements are:
A Level 4 Award on the QQI National Framework of Qualifications.


A Level 3 Certificate on the European Qualifications Framework with passes in a minimum of 5 subjects.


Have a minimum of three years trade related experience. Assessment of trade related experience is by application to Kerry Education and Training Board.

In addition to the above, a pass grade in Maths in a qualification placed at Level 3 on the National Framework of Qualifications or Level 2 on the European Framework of Qualifications is also required.

Non-native English speakers require proof of having a B2 level of proficiency in the English language.

How does the training work?

Year 1 consists of:
3 weeks of intensive structured learning in a college or centre.
2 days per week in a college or centre and 3 days per week working with a SOLAS approved employer from October to June. 1 day per week in a college or centre and 4 days per week working with a SOLAS approved employer for July and August.

Year 2 consists of:

2 days per week in a college or centre and 3 days per week working with a SOLAS approved employer from September to June. 1 day per week in a college or centre and 4 days per
week working with a SOLAS approved employer for July and August.


What's the certification?

Level 6 Advanced Certificate Culinary Arts.

Further Information

‘For further information please contact the Kery College Admissions Office by emailing [email protected] or calling 066 71 49696.’


Still have questions?

Contact our Apprenticeships Services Team at Kerry College (Monavalley Campus) on 066 714 9600.

Frequently Asked Questions

No. An Apprenticeship is not a course. It is a contract of employment between SOLAS, the employer and the apprentice - with on-the-job and off-the-job training delivered in phases.

The first step is to secure a job with an approved apprentice employer.

Full details are available on:

Many people think this, but it actually isn't.

Taking on an apprenticeship can be challenging. Bear in mind that you are a paid employee,training to be a professional craftsperson and this requires maturity, dedication and commitment.

You'll be balancing work and study which is never easy. Examinations can be intense and you will be required to both study and learn key technical, operational and safety information.

Start by doing some research. Find out what's involved in an apprenticeship and then focus in on apprenticeship you're thinking about.

Speak to people. Ask employers, qualified tradespersons and apprentices to help you find out more.

Get the advice of your parents/guardians, career guidance or adult guidance counsellor.

Make an appointment to see one of the Apprenticeship services team at Kerry College's Monavalley Campus. While they won't find an employer for you, they will give you some advice and insights.

Absolutely. It's an imporant part of figuring out if this career or sector is right for you - but also it shows a potential employer that you are genuinely interested.

These are a great idea if you are just coming out of school or aren't sure if a particular career sector is for you. Kerry College run a number of Pre-Apprenticeship course. You'll find them in the Full-time Programmes section.

In order to secure an apprenticeship, you must first secure a contract with an employer. You must apply directly to an employer rather than Kerry College.

Once you have found an employer to take you on as an apprentice, your employer must then register you as an apprentice with SOLAS.

The employer must be approved to train apprentices.

The employer must register you as an apprentice within two weeks of recruitment.

All Apprenticeships are Earn & Learn. This means you get paid while you are in training.

For traditional, Craft Apprenticeships, the employer pays the apprentice while s/he is being trained on-the-job. This is known as the Apprentice Rate or Salary.

The Apprentice rates of pay are based on a percentage of the fully qualified rate for the occupation:

1st Year – 33.3%

2nd Year – 50%

3rd Year – 75%

4th Year – 90%

A training allowance is paid by Kerry College while the apprentice is attending the off-the-job training at our Monavalley Campus.

For all New Apprenticeships, which have been developed since 2016, the employer pays an agreed Apprentice Rate or Salary for both on-the-job and off-the-job phases of the apprenticeship.

Further details are available on:

The Annual Student Contribution is charged to students attending Higher Education Institutions including Institutes of Technology (IoT).

Apprentices now pay the same contribution as full time students, but their contribution is based on the time they spend in the Institute or College.

The Student Contribution is payable to the IoT /College on the date of registration for the training phase. You should consult the relevant IoT/College for details of payment options.

We always post APPRENTICE WANTED notices on our Kerry College (Monavalley Campus) Facebook page. Like and Follow the page. Under the 'Following' button select 'See First' and switch Notifications on.

SOLAS have a new Apprenticeship Finder which is here:

IRISH JOBS have a good section on their site too:

We have no control over this as recruitment for all Apprenticeship phases is decided centrally by SOLAS. 

Apprentices are assessed on an ongoing basis throughout their apprenticeship.

Modular assessments take place during the off-the-job training phases. These assessments incorporate course work, standardised practical assessments and theoretical assessments.

During the on-the-job training phases, the apprentice’s competence is assessed by the employer.

An apprenticeship automatically ends if the apprentice fails, after three attempts, to reach the required specified standard, in any of the off-the-job modular assessments.

However, SOLAS provides a way for both the apprentices and employers to appeal this.

In cases where appeals are successful the apprentice is afforded the opportunity of a fourth and final attempt.

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