This ground-breaking programme recognises chefs and cooks, who through their experience, skills and ability are able to demonstrate their competence and meet the prescribed criteria. The two programmes are:
This applies to all cooks and chefs without a formal qualification. Based on your skill level and experience you can apply for certification for one of these four professional titles:
This applies to all chefs with a Culinary Diploma (or recognised equivalent) and the required years of experience. Based on your qualification and years of experience you can apply to be SAQA registered for the following professional titles:
Once you have applied, a full list of requirements, criteria and the outline of the Portfolio of Evidence that needs to be submitted will be supplied to you by the South African Chefs Association.
***The awarded certification or designation is valid for three years
*** Only current SA Chefs Members can apply for the Certification & Designation Awards Programme.
We know there is a lot of information and paper work involved in the Certification & Designation Awards Programme, however we are here for you every step of the way, so let us know if you need any assistance.
We can’t promise you that the process will be easy, but we can promise you that it will be worth it! This will set you apart and assist you in reaching your full potential as a chef.
If you intend on applying for a Certified Professional Title or a SAQA-registered Designation (as outlined above) please download the documents and forms below, read them carefully, fill in what is required and then send them to our Certifications Manager Elsu Gericke on firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is important that you understand this thoroughly, as this will ensure that you maintain your Certified Professional Title or SAQA-registered Professional Designation.
Please click on the links below to view the entry requirements for your chosen Certified Professional Title. This applies to cooks and chefs without a formal qualification.
Please click on the links below to view the entry requirements for your chosen SAQA-registered Designation. This applies to cooks and chefs with a formal qualification.
If you have any queries, please email SA Chefs’ Certification Manager Elsu Gericke on email@example.com.