CAO CODE : WD 172 The Higher Certificate in Arts – Culinary Arts is full-time over two years. This course is also offered as a National Apprenticeship Programme in Professional Cookery on a day/block release basis over three years. The course prepares you for employment as a professional chef in the tourism and hospitality industry. As a chef in the skilled profession of cookery, you need to be creative with food. You also have to understand the science of food (including food safety), changing kitchen technologies and the business aspects of catering operations. Training covers the theory and practice of professional cookery and includes four-six months’ paid work placement in businesses each year.