Applied Ability Awards
Applied Ability Awards - Mentors Notes
The items below give you the key elements of the AAA process; tell you about the exam day; show the exams set over the last 12 months exams; keep you up to date with AAA news and developments; and allow you to ask questions or provide feedback.
Preparing for the Exam
Here is a quick reference guide for completing your Scans & Plans, with essential documents in bold – click on each to read or download:
That's it for the paperwork! And having downloaded and filled in your Scan & Plan, please make sure you give a copy to your candidate and keep one for yourself before posting the originals to us in the one envelope - the address is at the bottom of the form.
Now all you have to do is guide your candidate through the agreed Action Plan, adapt or add if you need to - whatever will get him or her exam-ready in time. Remember that your candidate can watch Skills Demonstrations or take practice Knowledge Tests whenever they want by logging into the Tests & Demos area in the menu to the left. And you can see a record of this activity by logging into the same area as a Mentor, using your own Username and Password.
Filling in the Skill Scan & Action Plan
This is a 10-minute video showing a Mentor and Candidate taking a common sense approach to completing the only paperwork required for AAA exams – the combined Skill Scan & Action Plan, which in this case is for AAA Foundation Chef (the AAA Chef version is identical in format).
Together Mentor and Candidate cover the key points to bear in mind and provide a simple guide to the process, which you can readily adapt to the particular needs of your own candidate.
Their conversation is best viewed with a print-out of the Foundation Chef Scan & Plan to hand - you can download a copy under Step 3 above. Click here to mount the video in a new window, and then click on the AAA logo to start viewing.
Taking the Exam
Exam Day Timetable - how the day breaks down assuming an Exam with the maximum 14 candidates.
Exam Day Notes - it's most important you read these notes carefully in the month prior to the exam, and ensure your Candidate has done so too and will meet the stated requirements.
By way of illustration, below are eight past exams, five at AAA Foundation Chef and three at AAA Chef. The exams at the Foundation level are more task-driven and Candidates don't know in advance what the tasks will be. The Chef exam is recipe-based and these are sent out two weeks before the exam. The actual recipes are not given here, just the top sheets for the exams plus the skill sets the Chef Examiners expect to see demonstrated. Note, recipes can be supplied should you want to mount your own mock exam.
Knowledge Tests and Skill Demonstrations
The 'Tests & Demos' area - in the menu on the left above - subdivides the AAA syllabus against matching Knowledge Tests and Skill Demonstrations, and gives the Mentor a record of the tests taken or films viewed by each Candidate. Once your Candidate's Scan & Plan has been received and registered, you will be able to login for this service via 'Tests & Demos', as can the Candidates for either AAA Chef or AAA Foundation Chef. There is also a preview for Guests, which anyone can access at any time.
Questions or Feedback
Should you have a question or comment on any aspect of the AAA please let us know. In addition, once your candidate has taken the exam, we would welcome any suggestions you may have.
There are no common and consistent training standards that have the confidence of industry, and none at all that are set and maintained by the profession itself - that's the opportunity that the Triple A now provides.
The Triple A is about chefs taking charge in the battle for craft skills and setting the standards for
trainees and trainers alike. As employers are dependent on those skills we need to give them
our wholehearted support and participate.