The François Ferreira Academy, situated in George, has an excellent reputation for training chefs of quality. In the last 14 years all our students have been placed in top facilities for their mentorship and with the result have found top jobs.
The François Ferreira Academy, situated in George, aims to train hospitality professionals that add value to the hospitality industry.
Certificate/Diploma in Food Preparation and Cooking
We present the City & Guilds Certificate/Diploma in Food Preparation and Cooking. This course runs over 24 months. We place students to do a 6 months mentorship in the industry during this time. We run the certificate and diploma programme concurrently, but International exams are written for both Certificate and Diploma.
Diploma in Patisserie
We have accreditation to present a Diploma in Patisserie. Students who wish to do the Diploma in Patisserie will do the general Food Preparation and Cooking Course initially and then on returning from mentorship will continue with the Patisserie phase at the school. We train chefs who specialise in pastry and not just pastry chefs.
National Certificate in Food Preparation and Cooking
This is a CATHSSETA programme presented over 12 months during which the student’s training is divided between formal classes at the academy and industry experience.
Assistant Chef Skills Course
This is a CATHSSETA programme presented over 6 months during which the student’s training is divided between formal classes at the academy and industry experience.
Three diploma programmes make up the qualification as a Hotel Manager.
Diploma in Food and Beverage Management
The Certificate and Diploma programmes are run concurrently. This course includes a Certificate in Culinary Art. The learner will have the option to do the Advanced Diploma as well.
This course is presented in English over 24 months as a stand-alone qualification which includes 6 months mentorship in the industry.
Diploma in Reception Operations and Services
The certificate and diploma are run concurrently and the learner will have the option to do the Advanced Diploma as well.
Diploma in Accommodation Operations and Services
The Certificate and Diploma programmes are run concurrently and the learner will have the option to do the Advanced Diploma as well.
The Reception and Accommodation Diplomas are presented together also over 24 months, including 6 months mentorship in the industry.
These courses are also available as a Distance Learning option depending on the students needs. Terms and conditions apply.
Skills Proficiency Certificate
Considering a gap year overseas? Here is your opportunity to acquire a recognised Skills Proficiency Certificate. The 3 month Hospitality Skills course include:
Skills Proficiency Certificates in 3 disciplines. These 3 courses run concurrently and on successful completion you will receive 3 different Proficiency Skills Certificates. This will give students a better opportunity to enter the Hospitality job market both locally and internationally.
Certificates will be issued for the following:
- Food & Beverage Services
- Housekeeping Services
- Kitchen Services
The course is also for those working in the Kitchen, Housekeeping or Food and Beverage Department who need a refresher course and formal qualifications.
This course is a good opportunity for the people working in the Hospitality industry to improve their skills. Employers can use this opportunity to improve the qualifications and skills of their employees. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is possible if the relevant and sufficient evidence is provided.
The following subjects are included:
● Basic First Aid ● Cleaning ● Cleaning Procedures ● Cooking Methods
● Customer Care ● Customer Contact ● Food & Beverage ● Health & Safety
● Housekeeping Services ● Identify Kitchen Equipment ● Kitchen Services ● Knife Skills
● Personal Hygiene ● Table Drinks Service ● Table Service ● Wine Service
What makes our courses special?
We take a maximum of 20 students. Therefore you are assured of individual attention and accessibility to lecturers when needed.
Over and above the subjects for City & Guilds we are the only school to offer the following specialised add-on courses:
- Certificate in Food & Beverage Management
- Cake Decorating and Sugar Work
- Hospitality Financial Management
- Basic course in French
- Basic course in isiXhosa
- Event Management
- Short courses in Brandy, Wine, Port & Muscadel Appreciation
- Short courses in Entrepreneurship, Business & Social Etiquette
All the subjects are facilitated by professionals in their respective fields. Guest lecturers also present various specialist lectures such as workshops on plating, styling, etiquette etc.
All ingredients, 3 sets of uniforms, a basic knife set. All short courses, name registration with City & Guilds for exams and qualifications, Introduction to South African Wine, Food and Wine pairing, Health and Safety and First Aid is also included in our cost.
Not included in fees:
Transport, safety shoes, personal toolbox – a list of basics will be supplied on registration. City & Guilds International exam fees – Once registered for the exam, the student will be informed in writing of the costs involved. These fees must be paid before exams can be written.
Students get the opportunity to work at various facilities during their course to gain experience in order to be well versed in the hospitality industry when entering their mentorship.
- City & Guilds: (Registration no: 848354)
- CATHSSETA: (Registration no: 613/P/000158/2009)
- Chaîne des Rôtisseurs
- South African Chefs Association
- Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
- Cape Wine Academy
- Africa Skills Village
These courses are also available as a Distance Learning option depending on the students needs. Terms and Conditions apply.