Rules & Policies

Establishment Requirements

The Auckland Hotel and Chefs Training School is constantly visited by Industry Staff, and prospective employers, therefore a high standard of dress is required at all times.

The following is an outline of those standards:

  • Admission to all practical lessons will require the student to comply to the following:
  • Wear uniforms in a professional manner at all times.
  • Uniforms must be ironed.
  • Uniforms must be clean.
  • Complete uniform at all times.
  • Hair must be completely covered within your Chef’s hat during catering classes.
  • Clean leather covered non slip shoes must be worn at all times.
  • Males must be clean shaven, or beards must be neatly trimmed.
  • Collar length hair, no ponytails, no braids, no dreadlocks.
  • Please read the separate paragraph in regard to the wearing of jewellery below
  • Students are not permitted to wear nail polish.
  • No chewing gum is permitted in the school.

Admission to all theory lessons will require the students to comply to the following:

  • Clear nail polish is acceptable in the classroom or training restaurant.
  • No caps/hats/bandanas etc to be worn inside the school building.
  • No walkman or radios allowed inside the school building.
  • Clean clothing and a tidy standard of dress is required at all times.
  • Males shirts/T Shirts etc must be tucked in at all times
  • Footwear at all times, no jandals.
  • No sleeveless tops to be worn.
  • Collar length hair, no ponytails, no braids, no dreadlocks.
  • Hair must not be dyed to any other colour during the course
  • Males must be clean shaven, or beards must be neatly trimmed
  • No torn clothing.
  • No food or drinks in classrooms. (Water bottles are permitted).
  • Sunglasses are not to be worn within the school building
  • Cellphones or pagers must be turned off during lessons.


  • In the kitchens or training restaurant only one ring or a plain band (i.e. wedding ring) is permitted to be worn
  • The wearing of nose studs or facial studs are not permitted during lessons. Earrings are permitted, but only one plain stud or sleeper is allowed at the lobe of each ear. Tongue studs are not recommended.
  • Watches are allowed in all areas, but in the training kitchens only watches with a plain strap are considered suitable.
  • Bracelets must not be worn in the training kitchens or training restaurant.
  • Necklaces are permitted, but they should not be worn during practical lessons

Each course requires students to arrive at each class, theory and practical, with all equipment needed to perform all required tasks. Borrowing is not allowed. Failure to comply with the above, will result in one written warning and then suspension for the day. This will be registered as a day absent.

Standard of dress on field trips

During the course you will participate on various field trips (Hotels, Restaurants, Wineries etc.). You need to be aware that you are representing the AHCTS on any outside field trips. Therefore, a professional standard of dress is required at all times. The standard school dress standard applies to all field trips (see previous page). You will not be permitted to participate on any field trips if you fail to comply with these requirements. You will instead stay at the school between 9 am and 3 pm for private study or theory lessons. Your tutor will give you notice before a field trip and inform you exactly about any specific standards of dress required.

Course requirements

All requirements within each course must be completed to progress through to associated course/units or qualification/certification if applicable.

Days absent will be counted as a course day off. The AHCTS recognises absence through illness, bereavement and unforeseen events etc.

If you feel the reason for your absence is justified, e.g. bereavement, unforeseen circumstances etc you will have to apply in writing to the student support committee for a hearing date within 5 days of your return to class. The Trainee Support Committee will review your reasons. You are allowed to be present for the hearing. If you feel the outcome is not to your satisfaction, the matter will be re-reviewed by the management team. If this process is followed additional tuition will be sought to assess and/or develop competence in missed components.

If you have accumulated an excessive amount of days off at any stage during the course/programme, you may not pass or limit progression onto additional programmes/courses on offer within the AHCTS. If you wish to continue your studies you need to re-apply to the Trainee Support Committee.

Trainees are expected to be punctual to all classes including returning from breaks.

Outside Appointments

Any appointments, for example Doctor/ or Dentist visits or Job interviews need to be made outside the school hours. However, certain appointments may not be possible to arrange after course hours. It is your responsibility to advise your tutor well in advance and apply for time off. You need to submit documentation, which corroborates your type and time of appointment .

Work Experience

Each course in this school has a work experience component in the curriculum. It is the student’s responsibility to fulfil the work experience requirements during/or at the end of his/her course/programme to achieve a pass. You need to notify your work experience place and course tutor if you are unable to attend any days at work. Any lateness or early departure from work experience is not tolerated and will be marked as course days off. You are also obliged to maintain personal presentation standards as set by the school at all times during work experience. This includes wearing the correct uniform, and to have all necessary utensils.
Failure to complete the work experience module will result in a Not Yet Competent (NYC) result. Any appeals need to be made as outlined on page 17 (Student’s Rights)


Units are assessed daily.

To complete the course/unit after missing the initial assessment will require the following.
A written explanation for your absence is required within 5 days of your return to class. You need to present this to your Tutor, who will present your application to the Programme Development Committee. The Programme Development Committee will review your explanation, with you being present. If you feel the outcome is not to your satisfaction the matter will be re-reviewed by the schools programme advisory committee.