Welcome to our Student Application Page

Due to the impact of the Omicron Variant, the dates for Class 37 have been pushed to:

4 April - 30 September July 2022


The deadline for us to receive your application is Friday, 4 March 2022.

If you submitted an application after 15 September 2021, you DO NOT need to submit another. 

Interviews will take place during the month of March.

Please read and understand everything on this page before downloading an application.

You Must Be Vaccinated

In order to apply for ICT, you must show proof of your COVID-19 vaccination.  No one will be granted an interview without it.  It is free and easy to get vaccinated.  Click here to register, then go anywhere to receive your shot.


ICT is a student's opportunity to begin a career in the professional kitchen. Your journey through ICT will take you on the road of not just culinary skills, but the most essential Life Skills and business practices. Your success will depend entirely on your personal desire for self-expansion.

ICT is not is a quick fix to your personal or financial circumstances. Uplifting yourself in all areas of your life will depend on your embracing these 10 principles:

  • Your focus to defeat old bad habits and replace them with new good habits.

  • Your effort to re-train your mind in order to embrace new ideas and new challenges.

  • Your desire to devote yourself to long, hard hours -- pushing yourself to the limit, and always striving for excellence.

  • Your openness to self-awareness, to address your weaknesses without shame and your strengths without ego.

  • Your drive to face your fears -- and to see that there's nothing to be afraid of.

  • Your devotion to mature and productive problem-solving.

  • Your commitment to become 100% responsible and accountable for every word spoken and every action taken. This means seeing that you are not a victim -- no one else is to blame -- and that everything is your choice.

  • Your belief in the idea of sacrifice -- sacrificing certain needs and pleasures now for the bigger picture of long-term success.

  • Your spirit to discover the necessary love and passion for all of the above.

  • And your 100% determination to NEVER give up.


Tuition is free.  All students receive a full bursary. 


Students must pay their own transport costs to and from class each day.

Classes are from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday, including Public Holidays, as well as one weekend day (either Saturday or Sunday).

Classes are 6 months in duration.

All classes are full-time.

There are no short, weekend or night courses.

Classes are only in Cape Town.

ICT courses are unaccredited.


Phase 1: Three months of kitchen and classroom study (no stipend)

Phase 2: Three months of full-time professional internship (stipend paid)


Anyone age 21 or over may apply. 

Matric is not necessary.

Good health, physical fitness and energy are absolutely necessary.

You must own a phone and always have airtime and data.​

You must be able to financially support yourself for the entirety of your training.  Your home life must be stable enough for you to make your full, 100% commitment of time, effort and energy to your training.

All students must be prepared to speak, read and write English.  We understand that many struggle with English.  There is no shame in that.  You will never be judged by ICT for your lack of English.  We strongly encourage you to apply even if you struggle with English.

You must be ready and willing to face your personal issues and demons, and to work harder than you have ever worked before.


Be sure to follow all instructions on the application form. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Applicants must attend up to THREE DAYS OF INTERVIEWS in order to be considered for class.

Attending the interviews does not guarantee acceptance to class.

For those who travel to Cape Town from other provinces, your interviews will be scheduled to help minimize your stay in Cape Town before class starts. 

ICT does not provide transport or accommodation of any kind. 


All applicants must provide their own reliable and safe transport and accommodation to and from Cape Town — and while in Cape Town if accepted to the class. 


ICT may request written confirmation of your local accommodation prior to your being accepted to class.

In an effort to help promote international unity and tolerance, ICT may accept a maximum of two non-South African citizens per class session.  All applicants not born in South Africa must provide proof of legal residence within South Africa and a valid work permit along with your application.

Special Note

On the application form you will be asked if you have any criminal history.  You must supply every detail of any criminal history or act (if any). 

Everyone accepted to ICT must undergo a criminal record check upon acceptance.  

A criminal record will not automatically disqualify you from being admitted to ICT.   Each matter is considered on a case-by-case basis.  We strongly encourage you to apply even if you do have a criminal record.


Your application must be received by us no later than Friday, 4 March 2022.

Applications may be submitted ONLY by email or post.  Applications may not be dropped off at ICT. 


Complete instructions for submission can be found on the first page of the application form.

Applications will not be considered without ALL of the applicable attachments requested within the student application forms.

Please note: If you are sending in your application via an internet cafe, it is your responsibility to DOUBLE CHECK that the cafe has sent ALL PAGES of your application and ALL required attachments. Sometimes they tell you they have sent everything -- and they haven't.  It is up to you to ensure that all pages of your application and all accompanying documents are sent.