This page is only for people who live
MORE THAN 75 KM outside of Cape Town

23 January 2023 - 23 July 2023

Applications open on 17 October


Class Format:

6 Months - 3 Phases

PHASE 1:  10 weeks of kitchen/classroom/practical studies

PHASE 2:  3-week internship in a Cape Town restaurant or hotel

PHASE 3:  3-month paid employment in a Cape Town restaurant or hotel

You must successfully complete all three phases in order to graduate and receive an ICT certificate.


1. The only application forms accepted will be those downloaded on or after 17 October. On those forms will be printed: "For Class 40 only."

2. Get your forms in early. We will accept ONLY the first 150 applications.  After that, the application window will close and you must await the window for the next class.

Tuition is free.  All students receive a full bursary.

You must relocate to Cape Town for the interview process, which may take up to one week, as well as for the entire 6-month course, if accepted.

During your first interview, you must prove that you have reliable accommodations in Cape Town for the entire 6-month course.  ICT provides no transport or accommodations.

ICT provides no stipend or living expenses.  You must provide all your own living expenses -- including always having airtime and data on your phone.

Proof of a COVID-19 vaccination is required to apply (regardless of the lifting of government restrictions).

Classes are from 7:30 am – 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, including public holidays, as well as one weekend day (either Saturday or Sunday).

There are no short or part-time courses.

Courses are only in Cape Town.

Foreign nationals are welcome to apply.


You may NOT apply if you are the primary caretaker of a child under 2 years of age. The demands of the professional kitchen can interfere with important parental responsibilities. We never want you to have to choose between the care of your child and attendance in class or at a job.

Anyone age 21 OR OVER may apply.  There is NO upper age limit (we once had a student who was 49 years of age).  If you are under 21 at the time of your application, your application will NOT be considered for class.

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.


You must download the application forms ONLY for yourself.  No one is permitted to download an application for another person.

Instructions for submitting your application are on the front page of the application form.

Applicants must attend up to THREE INTERVIEWS to be considered for acceptance.

Attending the interviews does not guarantee acceptance to class.

Once accepted to class, you must undergo a criminal record check at your own expense. A criminal record will not automatically disqualify you from being admitted to ICT.

Please be advised: No one is permitted to download our application form and post it anywhere on social media. You may post a link to this page, but not the application itself.

To Assist You In The Process

An important life lesson at ICT is called THE 5 P'S:

Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance.

The application process at ICT is highly competitive. Many more people apply than we can possibly accept.


Therefore, the more you prepare for your interviews, the greater the chances of your acceptance to class.

Do not just submit your application and sit around waiting for a phone call.  Instead, prepare yourself. Begin immediately to:

1. Get physically fit; you will need all your strength to be a chef.


2. Practice your English; it's difficult, we know, but it is essential to your growth in the industry.


3. Stop all unproductive social activities -- especially drinking alcohol.


4. Replace your spare time with reading or watching all you can about life in the professional kitchen -- and the many challenges on the road to any true success.

If you prepare yourself, if you put your best and bravest first foot forward in the interviews, you will be ahead of the pack.

Applications Available 17 October