Training College

Fern Hill Hotel has run its own private hotel school for the past fifteen years. Fully accredited with local training authorities (CATHSSETA, IEB, SETA) and with strong ties to international bodies like Chaîne des Rôtisseurs International Association of Gastronomy, Fern Hill Hotel Training College is one of South Africa’s most unique hospitality training establishments.

No matter which side of the industry you wish to study (hotel management or cheffing) the hospitality industry is a practical one. As such, it makes sense that your studies lean towards a practical focus. Fern Hill Hotel Training College has designed a syllabus with this principle in mind and as a result, course work is split into 70% practical and 30% theory modules. There are two qualifications on offer: Hotel Management and Professional Cookery (cheffing). Both can be taken up to a Diploma level. In many other colleges, students studying hospitality qualifications attend lectures for over two years before having to find their own placement in hotels to do an internship for practical training hours. At Fern Hill’s hotel school, this all happens in one place and in one year – there is no need to find a hotel for an internship because at Fern Hill your syllabus is already practical. Students spend 8 weeks in each department of the hotel: Reception, Housekeeping, Bar and Dining Room for Hotel Management students; Grills, Stoves, Salads & Sandwiches and Desserts & Pastry for Professional Cookery students. While in each department, students are coached by our Heads of Department and permanent staff body. Practical training is organised along industry standard shifts; the thinking behind this is that students are brought up to speed faster. The hospitality industry has long hours, but students who have studied at Fern Hill Hotel Training College have found themselves at a distinct advantage in the workplace to other students who have opted for theory-based qualifications. Lectures are taken each day during the week, but rarely run for longer than an hour; at Fern Hill our focus is practical training and thanks to that, we’re able to cover a three year Diploma qualification in just two years. Better yet, you could opt to do a single year of tuition towards a Certificate level qualification – the choice is yours. Fern Hill’s hotel school is tiny by comparison to other hotel schools around the country. We only take a maximum of 40 students per year, which includes both first year and second year students. The school fees also include full accommodation and three meals a day cooked by a dedicated canteen chef. Staying on the property is not compulsory but it is strongly advised as practical training starts as early as 6AM and can finish late at night. If you require more information then please download our latest Prospectus. Furthermore, an Application Form can be downloaded here. If you would like to arrange a time to visit the training college to discuss the courses with the lecturers and principal, then call our Reception to make an appointment.