The ICA selection process is done on an individual basis. Your application will be carefully considered based on your academic performance, previous industry experience, if any, and suitability to the course and the industry. Applicants are selected on the basis of the above mentioned criteria, rather than just a minimum requirement.
Does the ICA offer student loans / bursaries?
The ICA is a registered higher education institution, and you will therefore be able to get a student loan should you wish to study at the ICA. As a private education institution, the ICA has occasional bursaries available to South African students already registered at the ICA – this is made possible through the generous sponsorship of private benefactors, and is not offered as a standard.
I did not take Biology and Home Economics / Consumer Science / Hospitality Studies as subjects at school – can I still apply?
Absolutely. Though academic performance is a key aspect, there are a number of things we look at when considering your application. In this case it would be especially important for you to come in for a personal interview.
Is there an age restriction for applying at the ICA?
No – as long as you have the passion!
How do I know which course is right for me?
The ICA offers a total of five different courses. Through careful selection & personal attention to each individual application through screening and an interview process, we can determine not only whether you are suited to the industry as a whole, but which course you should take to optimise your abilities.
What documents do I need to apply and how difficult is the process?
You need very little to get started. You can simply satisfy the application requirements but for your benefit,
there’s nothing better than a campus visit during your school holidays if you are out of town. Make an appointment
to see our students in action!
What you need to apply:
- R300.00 application fee
- Copy of Matric certificate/most recent results
- Copy of your ID
- Brief CV / Résumé
- 1 x Colour Passport photos
- Reference letters
How much time on the course will be spent on practical vs. theory training?
Regardless of which course you are following in your first year, you can expect no less than 20 hours practical hands on training and 8 – 10 hours theory classes per week.
How do Industry Placements and Industry Training differ?
The ICA has celebrated a close working relationship with the top and finest hotels, caterers, independent and boutique restaurants for many years. We therefore select the students who we feel best suited for certain establishments for placement blocks away from the ICA. Here they apply their skills learnt and receive industry training at the hands of our country's leading professionals.
I would really like to be a chef, but don’t want to spend the rest of my life in the kitchen!
The demand for skilled and qualified chefs has grown so dramatically throughout the world that we have seen our very own students snatched up in the most diverse fields. From training Jamie Oliver’s “new recruits” at 15 in London and Australia to Product Developers, Media Communications and Food Styling experts, Culinary Consultants, Events Coordinators and Managers, Wine and Sommelier Specialists. Just remember the broader your foundation training the further you’ll go!