The new national Occupational Certificate: Chef (Level 5) qualification can now be achieved through artisan recognition of prior learning (ARPL). The ARPL route to this qualification is aimed at candidates that have worked in industry for several years, with or without prior qualifications.
WHAT IS RPL?
The Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process through which formal, non-formal and informal learning are measured, mediated for recognition across different contexts and certified against the requirements for credit, access, inclusion or advancement in the formal education and training system or workplace.
Students can enrol at any time during the year, assessments will take place at agreed dates and times.
At least 3 years industry experience, working as a chef, and a minimum age of 19 years.
The ARPL process has to prove knowledge, practical and workplace experience that can be mapped to the internal assessment criteria of the Occupational Certificate: Chef (Level 5) (SAQA 101697) qualification. The process includes the compilation of a Portfolio of Evidence, the completion of a mapping document, a theory assessment and a practical assessment aimed at identifying skills gaps. Should the student fail the theory or practical assessments the candidate will be referred for gap closure before the test can be taken again. Once the student completed the theory and practical assessments as well as the POE successfully a statement of results will be issued and the candidate gains entry to the trade test.
The trade test is the final summative assessment for the chef qualification and takes place over two days. Day one is an induction, followed by a theory assessments and day two is a practical assessment. Once the trade test is successfully completed, certification is recommended to the Quality Council for Trade and Occupations (QCTO).