The Valley Training & Hospitality Consultancy

Accredited Consultants supporting Hospitality Training in Southern Africa


The Valley Training and Hospitality Consultancy (TVTHC) was formed to source a suitable international accreditations and awarding body for hospitality programmes to assist smaller schools to keep their doors open.

We have signed an agreement with and have been accredited by one of the top UK awarding bodies. By becoming part of The Valley Training and Hospitality Consultancy as a training site under our umbrella each school will be able to keep their identity and concentrate on teaching and training. As a group we are in the unique position to source quality programmes and share information and experiences.

"We assist South African hospitality training institutions and schools to maintain appropriate standards and obtain international accreditations."

The Team

Elmarie Mouton

Elmarie Mouton


Elmarie has a very strong education background. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Home Economics with the emphasis on cooking, nutrition and business development, together with several senior business development and teaching qualifications.
She established and managed the first international hotel school at the Tygerberg Campus in Cape town with great success. Elmarie has been recognized as a leading expert in her field for more than 30 years. Her experience as both a national and international assessor, moderator and verifier of international hospitality and culinary qualifications are unrivalled in South Africa.

Why offer international qualifications?

Across the world there is a growing disconnect between the skills people gain and the skills that employers need. Regulatory bodies and training authorities realise the importance of working with industry in the design of educational systems and qualifications to fix skills shortages and help people transition from education into employment.

If students only study a national qualification, they lose the opportunity to work around the world

Which hugely limits their ability to find employment.

Why we chose Highfield as an international awarding body?

  • They consult with industry when developing qualifications – their qualifications are fit for purpose
  • They have firm quality assurance processes in place
  • Some international awarding bodies are non-profit organisations and do not pursue the enterprise drive. Highfield is a family business that has been in operation for the past 36 years – they pride themselves in their service delivery and their products.

TVTHC is the umbrella organisation that will ensure that the integrity of the qualifications are upheld at the various training sites in Africa.

Highfield Hospitality Qualifications Accreditation South Africa

Highfield, the awarding body we are affiliated with, is a global leader in compliance and work-based learning and apprenticeship qualifications, regulated by Ofqual. Their head office is in Doncaster, South Yorkshire and they also have a Middle East Asian Head office in Dubai, UAE.

They provide over 250 qualifications to thousands of approved training centres, spread across 50 countries. These cover multiple sectors such as retail, health and social care, finance, customer service, rail and engineering, hospitality, logistics, aviation and many more. Since 1982 Highfield has been renowned for providing high quality support to their customers and learners.

They work with some of the world's most recognisable companies, including Marks & Spencer, Nestle, Superdrug, Staples and Emirates. They also work with government departments around the world and they have close ties with the Ministry of Defence and the Defence Logistic School Food Services Wing in the U.K.

How to become a Training Site

Training sites must be accredited by QCTO or Cathsseta for hospitality qualifications, part qualifications or learning programmes. They must also be registered with DHET.

The Highfield qualifications must be delivered in conjunction with other SA qualifications.

Please note that these are international qualifications and are NON-CREDIT BEARING programmes in South Africa as they are not registered on the South African National Qualifications Framework (NQF). The levels indicated below are NOT the South African NQF levels.

Programme title
Level 2 Highfield Certificate in Food Production and Cooking
Level 2 Highfield Diploma in Food Production and Cooking
Level 2 Highfield Diploma in Working as a Commis Chef
Level 2 Award in Food Safety and Catering
Level 3 Highfield Diploma for Hospitality Supervisors
Level 3 Diploma in Baking and Patisserie

After successful completion of the qualification the student can have their qualification evaluated by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).

More about the food safety course for food handlers

This program is aimed at individuals who are, or intend to be, food handlers working in catering. The objective of this qualification is to prepare learners for employment in a catering or to support role in the workplace.

This course has been endorsed by the Maritime Coast Guard Agency.
Click here to see the list of endorsed courses.

They require that all food handlers, both preparing and serving food (i.e. Stewardesses / Stewards, Chefs, Catering staff) undertake training and gain knowledge of how to safely store, handle, cook and serve food on-board super yachts, cruise ships and any other sea vessels.

After completing this course the candidate can progress to higher levels of food safety in catering for which we are accredited as well.


Contact Elmarie for more information and to discuss your specific situation and requirements.


Elmarie Mouton

+27 (0) 82 776 9712