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Barista Skills (Skills to Advance)

Enhance your employability prospects in the hospitality sector with these highly sought-after skills.

Skills to Advance Business Support Unit Tertiary Programme

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Course Overview

The aim of the this programme is to equip the learner with the skills, knowledge and competence to gain employment or career progression in the hospitality sector.




What will I be studying?

Barista Skills (7102-201)

Why should I apply?

  • Identify and control hazards in the workplace, demonstrate an understanding or risk assessment and maintain a healthy and safe workplace.
  • Create a wide range of hot and cold Barista type drinks to professional standards. This includes, espresso, cappuccino, café latte, filter coffee, tea, hot chocolate and smoothies.
  • Promote and support good customer service and develop their skills in communication, working with others and problem solve.
  • Carry out retail transactions in a busy work environment.
  • Create and/or update their CV in preparation for employment.
  • Take part in simulated interview for a job in this industry.

What are the entry requirements?

  • Must have a Leaving Certificate or equivalent or achieved a minimum of a QQI Level 4 Major award or its equivalent and have achieved relevant skills, knowledge and competencies through work experience.
  • Good numerical and communications skills are essential, including verbal and written command of the English language
  • Indicate an interest in working in the hospitality industry.
  • Personal Skills- Have a positive outlook and demonstrate an interest in working in this area. 
  • Applicants should be adaptable, reliable, trustworthy and be committed to continuous training. 
  • Good interpersonal skills, initiative and the ability to work with others.
  • Applicants must be 18+ years of age on entry to the course.
  • Ideally candidates should have some experience of working in the hospitality industry, but this is not essential.

What are the fees?

This course is offered under the Skills to Advance Initiative. With this, a certain eligibility criteria applies. To find out if you are eligible, contact the Business Support Unit on 066 714 9690 or [email protected].

A fee waiver is in place for applicants in receipt of a qualifying social welfare payment. You can check your fee waiver eligibility with Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP), INTREO or your Local Employment Service (LES) office.

What is the Certification?

C&G – Barista Skills (7102-201)


Call Claire 066 714 96 90 or get in touch by email: [email protected]

Part-time Courses - FAQs

FET is short for Further Education & Training. Kerry College is an integrated college of FET. This means we do both progression-focused further education programmes and a range of employment-focused skills training programmes.

We enroll twice each year - January and September.

Part-time programmes run on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings, Friday afternoons, Saturday mornings, and increasingly online.

This depends on the course you choose. 

Some courses have long waiting lists, others - not so much. Places are filled on a first-come, first-served basis so the best advice we can offer is to apply in plenty of time.

We enroll over 1000 applicants to our part-time courses each year - so it's always busy.

As places are offered based on the date of application, our team could be working their way down through the list.

That said, always check.

You can call Mary on our Part-time courses team at 066-7149696.

Although all of our part-time courses are fee-paying, we do have a DEASP Fee Waiver in place for those in receipt of a qualifying social welfare payment. 

This is subject to a waiting list and demand for course places.

Most part-time courses run at Kerry College are Minor awards.

A Minor award is commonly referred to as a module - but also as a component certificate or a certificate of unit credit.

These single 'modules' may be completed and certificated individually. All minor awards are linked to a major award that allows learners to collect and build their minor awards and work towards gaining a major award.

Applications for all part-time programmes should be made online - via the Kerry College website or

FETCH COURSES is the national application system for all FET course applications. 

All new applicants must set up a free account on You must use this to apply for all further education and training progarmmes anywhere in Ireland. 

For existing Fetch Courses account holders, login and apply as before. 

You can reset your password using your email or mobile phone. When you do, make sure you keep it for future reference.

Bear in mind, FETCH uses your PPS number to identify you - so although you might be able to set up a second account - it won't work properly.

If you're still stuck, contact our Admissions team on 066-714 96 96

No, aside from the DEASP Fee Waiver, all part-time courses are fee-paying.

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