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Do you love to cook and want the opportunity to thrive in a dynamic and growing industry? Take the next step in your career with our online catering courses.

Whether you already work in hospitality and want to enhance your skills and job prospects or you’re looking to enter this industry, our flexible and convenient catering courses will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need.

Explore our course breakdown below or enrol now to get started.

  • Course Outline

    When you enrol on our online cooking courses, you will complete the following units of study:

    1Human Nutrition
    3Kitchen and food nutrition
    4Planning a Menu
    5Alcoholic Beverages
    6Tea, Coffee and Non-Alcoholic Beverages
    7Scope and Nature of Catering Services
    8Personal Management
    9Management of Catering Services
    10Menu Planning on a Small Scale
    11Menu Planning on a Large Scale
  • How Will You Benefit?


    There are many benefits associated with our catering courses. For example, you will:

    • Fast track your catering career or business plans 
    • Study a course that has been designed in consultation with senior chefs and catering professionals
    • Learn crucial cooking skills at your own pace, allowing you to fit your studies around your lifestyle
    • Have your own personal tutor to provide guidance and answer questions
    • Save time and money by studying remotely
    • Pay upfront to secure a 10% discount on your course fee, or choose our interest-free weekly payment plan

    See the benefits for yourself by enrolling on our online catering courses today.

  • Career Prospects


    Working in catering gives you the chance to turn your passion into a profession. You can showcase your culinary skills in a variety of roles, whether you work for a restaurant, hotel, resort or you start your own business, for example as a personal chef or home-based caterer.

    This industry is fast-paced and varied; no two days are the same. It can also offer you a solid career path. The hospitality sector has been posting record numbers of job vacancies around the world. This is an exciting time to be involved in catering too, with so many different cuisines and catering styles now available.

    Our course will help you to develop a wide range of crucial cooking and catering skills that are in demand in restaurants and other businesses around the world, giving you the opportunity to travel if you wish.

  • Course Levels Explained


    Our catering course leads to the awarding of a Diploma. This qualification recognises the graduate’s capacity for initiative and judgement across a broad range of technical and management functions. Diploma holders typically have personal responsibility and autonomy (semi-independence) in performing technical operations or organizing others in the workplace.

  • Prerequisites

    There are NO previous work or education requirements for entry into any course level. Graduates can expect higher course levels to result in higher potential salary, positions and skill capabilities.

  • Course Length

    Students typically complete their studies within:

    Diploma Level24 weeks

    You are in charge of how long it takes to complete our catering course. With no assignment deadlines to meet, you decide how quickly you graduate.

    If you want to finish the learning programme as soon as possible, you can fast track it and graduate within a matter of months. Alternatively, you can take your time. We allow up to three years to graduate from this course.

  • Study Mode: Online Learning

    Our catering course is conducted entirely online via distance learning (also known as correspondence learning). This eliminates the inconvenience and expense of having to travel to attend cooking classes in person. With ICI, you decide when and where you study. This makes it easy to balance your learning with other priorities, such as work and family.

    You can complete this training programme anywhere in the world, and you will always have your personal tutor on hand to answer questions and offer advice.

    As well as being flexible and fitting around your lifestyle, this course is designed to be highly practical and engaging.

  • Recognition & Accreditation

    Our catering course is recognised and accredited by the International Association of Private Career Colleges (IAPCC) and the International Approval and Registration Centre (IARC). ICI courses are not AQF qualifications. ICI is an independent global awarding body that develops and administers career-related curriculum and training programs. When you graduate from an ICI training program you join ICI graduates in over 150 countries around the world.

    Like all ICI courses, it goes far beyond theory. This learning programme is written and delivered by experienced catering industry professionals and it will provide you with key practical insights that enable you to flourish in this industry.

  • Already in the Profession or Industry?

    Already working as a chef or in another role within the catering industry? This course is for you. It gives you a chance to consolidate and expand on your existing knowledge and skills, aiding your professional development. It is one of the most practical next steps you can take to further your career.

    Course fees can be claimed as a tax deduction providing the learning programme is sufficiently connected to your work activities.

  • What Do I Get?

    All the materials you need to complete our online catering course are included in the course fee. Once you enrol, you will receive:

    • All required study materials and course notes
    • Assignment projects with constructive tutor feedback
    • A tutor who will answer all of your course and career questions and provide guidance.

    Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive:what-do-iget-img2

    • A graduation certificate officially recognising your completion of your catering and cooking training
    • Transcripts indicating the units completed
    • A letter of recommendation and validation for current and future employers
    • Post-nominal letters placed after your name which indicate that you hold the relevant qualification (for example: John Smith, DipCtrCk)
    • Job search assistance: discover more about our Graduate Career Services Programme.
  • Cut Off Date

    Friday, 6th October 2023 is the next enrolment cut off date. Places are limited, in demand and entry into the course is on a first come first served basis.

    Your enrolment is processed and acknowledged within 24 hours of the Institute receiving your application. You can expect to receive your course within days of enrolling. When you start your ICI course it’s at your own pace and you determine when you finish.

    Don’t miss out. Enrol today!

Course Investment & Payment Plans

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How do I get started?

Click on one of the Enrol Now buttons above and you could be working on your first lesson – and towards a new career in catering – in a matter of days!

How Does Online Studying Work?

As an ICI student, you’ll be able to train at home in your spare time, learning in the easiest possible way. There are no classes or lectures to attend, and no need to leave your job or change your schedule.

How does it work?
Enrol, Study at Home, and Graduate

ICI is committed to the successful completion of your course. The typical ICI student experience goes like this:

  1. The Enrolment Process
  2. Begin Your Studies
  3. Getting Help When You Need It
  4. Getting Assessed
  5. Graduation
1The Enrolment Process

Select the course that interests you. The International Career Institute website offers course overviews, course outlines, course fees, student testimonials, and information on career services for graduates.

When you are ready to enrol in a program, simply complete the online enrolment form, or call our toll-free number to speak with an enrolment adviser.

2Begin Your Studies

On enrolment students receive a welcome email and letter with instructions on how to login into your course and access your course and tutorial support. You will not be required to purchase any further materials. Courses are divided into modules with assessments located at the end of these modules. Assessments (written assignments) are based on what you have been learning about. No exams are involved.

Study at your own pace

One of the many great benefits of our courses is their modular format creates an easier and more effective way for you to learn. And with no need to follow a fixed timetable, you get to study and submit assignment for each module at your own pace.

3Getting Help When You Need It

Your courses are designed so that you can study independently. However, if you have a question about anything in your course, just contact one of our industry based tutors. Contact details are provided in your welcome email and letter. Your tutors are industry professionals who are ready to answer any questions about the course, assessments and industry for which you are training for.

4Get Assessed

At the end of modules you are asked to complete assignments. With no fixed assessment dates ICI students can submit their assessments at any time. This allows students to progress through the course at a pace that suits their needs. Assignments can be submitted via the student portal or email directly to the tutor.

Your assignments and projects will be graded on the following scale:

Grading scale
Lesson Grade (%)Letter EquivalentRating
100 - 80AOutstanding level of achievement
79 - 60BHigh level of achievement
59 - 50CSatisfactory level of achievement
49 - 40DMarginal level of achievement
0 - 39FFailed to complete course requirements

You must pass all modules and achieve a minimum of a C or higher in all studies to graduate. Should you not pass an assignment you are able to retake assessments as many times as you need (free of charge) in order to improve your results. Full tutorial support is available to guide you towards successfully completing your course.


Graduates of the Institute are eligible for assistance under the Graduate Career Services Program which includes assistance in job searches (by career and region), preparing cover letters, tips on interviewing, and much more. As part of your graduation package, we offer a Certified Professional Resume Writer free of charge to help you compose your resume. All graduates receive a certificate of completion at the relevant level (Certificate, Diploma or Advanced Diploma / Executive Diploma), transcripts and a letter of recommendation.