Diploma in Professional Chef Training |

Diploma in Professional Chef Training

R/811/4/0181 07/19 (A10191)

If you are passionate about cooking up a storm and yet still want to be able to foray into the management level, this diploma is perfect for you. In this course, not only will you discover various cooking techniques and technical subjects that include butchery, patisserie, culinary arts and design, but you will also be exposed to supervisory skills needed to succeed upon graduation.
SHTCA was recently awarded the World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS) Recognition of Quality Culinary Education program as an approved school. The WORLDCHEFS Recognition of Quality Culinary Education program seeks to recognize educational companies, associations and institution’s which offer culinary and pastry art programs of various design and size and meet or exceed global standards for quality culinary education as established by the WORLDCHEFS Education Committee.

It is a landmark program that officially recognizes high standards in Culinary Education and training by schools on an international level. SHTCA joins WORLDCHEFS to work toward improving culinary standards and education.

SWISS CULINARY PROGRAMME - International Culinary Insitute, Swiss European programme syllabus
As the World Champion in the Culinary World Cup 2014 (Swiss Junior National Team), the Swiss reputation for culinary arts excellence is world class and globally respected. Experience a renowned European syllabus which incorporates the very best of Swiss culinary arts.  
5-STAR FACILITIES - 5-star Kitchens, Restaurant, Café, Mixology Lab and Equatorial Hospitality Training Suite
The school furnishes students with RM 6 Million worth of learning facilities in equivalence to professional commercial kitchens, F&B outlets and hotels in the industry. This ensures that they are familiar with industry standard tools, and are equipped with practical knowledge and skills to remain competitive and globally marketable in the future.
AWARD WINNING LECTURERS - Taught by Award Winning Chefs, Hospitality Experts and Tourism Researchers
Lecturers and chefs consist of experts from the hotel, tourism and culinary fields. Students are taught by Master Chefs, Celebrity Chefs, F&B Specialists and Tourism Researchers. Academic staff is highly qualified and passionate in grooming the next generation of chefs and hoteliers. 
STRONG INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIP - Collaboration with Industry
Collaboration with various industry partners in food service, hotels, restaurants, food manufacturers and F&B equipment. The school consistently builds linkages between higher education and employers.
INTERNATIONAL INTERNSHIPS - International 5 Star Industry Training
Students can choose from our wide network of top 5-star establishments locally as well as internationally, including pathways from internship to management traineeship in global hotel groups. The international exposure gained from a worldwide internship placement gives our graduates an edge in experience and a wider global perspective.
OUTSTANDING ALUMNI - Award Winning Students and Graduates
Students are encouraged to participate in culinary competitions all over the world; and the results have been outstanding, with a multitude of medals and awards garnered by the students in Shanghai, Taiwan, Philippines, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Korea and Thailand. Graduates from the school have been sought after by employees since 1993, with our graduates being made executive chefs, executive sous chefs, chef de cuisine, managers, entrepreneurs, award winning chefs, as well as hospitality educators. Our graduates were awarded ‘Most Promising Young Chef of the Year’ for seven consecutive years from 2011 – 2018. The school is the recipient of Best Culinary Establishment 2015 in the Vietnam Culinary Challenge.

This diploma programme provides a pathway to:
  • Undergraduate studies: Dual Award BA (Hons) in International Culinary Arts.
  • Career opportunities: Hotels, Resorts, Food Service Establishments, Cruise Lines, Convention Centers
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Programme Structure
2 years 4 months
KDU Penang University College
  • Nutrition & Food Hygiene
  • Fundamentals of Menu Planning
  • Introduction to Hospitality Studies
  • Larder
  • Butchery
  • Patisserie I
  • Business Language & Culture I: English
  • Business Language & Culture II: Introductory French
  • Garde Manger
  • Food Production I
  • Food & Beverage Cost Control
  • Patisserie II
  • Personal Development Planning I
  • Kitchen Management & Supervision
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Kitchen Maintenance & Design
  • Bakery
  • Culinary Arts & Design I
  • Personal Development Planning II
  • Food Production II
  • Project Module
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Culinary Arts & Design II
  • Industrial Placement
  • Pengajian Malaysia 2
  • Oral Communication 2 / Bahasa Kebangsaan A
  • Ethics and Moral 2
  • Holistic Personal Development
  • Bahasa Melayu Komunikasi 1
  • Oral Communication 2
  • Ethics and Moral 2
  • Holistic Personal Development
Study Route
Fees & Intakes
  • 14 Jan
  • 8 Apr
  • 26 Aug
  • RM47,370
  • RM57,940 
Fees will depend on their commencement dates

Talk to us about our easily accessible discounts and scholarships. Most students are successful in securing a significant reduction in their tuition fees, with KDU Penang in 2018 issuing more than RM7 million in scholarships! More information on our scholarships is available here.

Finance should not be a barrier to enrolling in this programme.
Entry Requirements
  • SPM
3 Credits 
  • GCE ‘O’ Level
3 Credits
  • UEC
3 Credits (Min 6B) 
  • Certificate in related field
Recognised Certificate from government
  • Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia
Pass Level 3 in hospitality and culinary skills, and Pass in SPM with a minimum of 1 Credit in any subject
Local StudentPass in English at SPM level or equivalent
If English language is not fulfilled, students are required to take an additional module.
International Student
  • IELTS Band 4; or
  • TOEFL PBT (397) / TOEFL IBT (30); or
  • Cambridge English CAE (160); or
  • Cambridge English CPE (180); or
  • PTE Academic 30; or
  • MUET Band 2
If English language requirements are not fulfilled, additional English module(s) may be taken at KDU Penang University College.