The National Commis Chef Apprenticeship is the starting point for a career as a professional chef. It’s a formal structured two year education and training programme incorporating periods of off-the job knowledge and skills development and work-based knowledge and skills development in an approved hotel or restaurant kitchen.

During this time, apprentices will develop the underpinning theory, science and culinary skills in a college or centre and refine and perfect these competencies to a professional standard while working under the direction of qualified and experienced chefs in the kitchens of SOLAS approved hotels and restaurants.

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One of the key features of the programme is the “earn and learn” opportunity it offers. This enables young people, who may not necessarily want to commit to a full time college course, to gain an internationally recognised qualification, while getting valuable on the job experience.

The programme, the only one of its kind in the country, is supported by the Irish Hotels Federation (IHF), the Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI), the Irish Hospitality Institute (IHI), Euro-toques Ireland, Catering Management Association of Ireland (CMAI), Fáilte Ireland, SOLAS, Education and Training Boards (ETBs)

On completion learners ants receive a QQI Level 6 qualification recognised on the National Framework of Qualifications Ireland.

The scheme is available to young people aged over 16 years, existing kitchen staff and anyone else who wishes to gain an internationally recognised qualification.

If you are interested in a career as a commis chef or you are a hotel or restaurants interested in mentoring please contact us at or visit