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Chefs Vocational Qualifications


Chefs Vocational Qualifications

Vocational qualifications are achieved through a combination of study and practical on-the-job training and assessment. The following is a list of vocational qualification types you can attain in the hospitality field and each contains a number of different levels of achievement.

  • National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ) are vocational awards in England & Wales that are achieved through assessment and training. They are practical qualifications based on being able to do a job.
  • Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQ) - The Scottish equivalent of the NVQ.
  • Vocationally Related Qualifications (VRQ) - A qualification for learners who complete a training program and successfully show they have both knowledge and practical skills in a particular subject area. VRQ courses provide the underlying knowledge as well as the skills involved in a particular subject.
  • International Vocational Qualifications (IVQ) - Similar to a VRQ and designed for individuals based outside the UK.
  • Higher Level Qualifications (HLQ) - HLQs provide both the vocational focus and academic expertise that can lead individuals to the top of their profession.

Vocational courses can be taken in all areas of the catering and hospitality professions including customer service, health and safety, bar work and all areas of cookery.

The Hospitality Awarding Body is the UK's specialist awarding body for hospitality and catering qualifications. A full list of vocational courses offered by the HAB at all different levels can be found here.


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