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Course Type:
Accredited Course; Free TAFE
Study Mode:
On Campus
On campus: 6 months
Workplace/Traineeship: 6-12 months
Starting Date:
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Course Overview

ATTENTION: As much as we’d love to offer more, we can only offer one Free TAFE course per person. If you’ve already enrolled and commenced, or enrolled but didn’t complete a Free TAFE course at any Victorian TAFE in the past you will NOT be eligible for another and will need to pay tuition and materials fees when you enrol. Reach out to us if you think this is you.

Do you want to work in a bar on a cruise ship? Or as a barista in a modern café? Or maybe you want to earn some income while you travel the world?

When you complete a Certificate III in Hospitality the options are endless. Let our expert trainers help give you the skills and knowledge for a successful career in hospitality.

Some of the areas that this course covers are:

  • Bar service  - Pouring a beer at your local or serving drinks at your favourite music festival
  • Being a customer service champion – managers love this!
  • The art of making coffee
  • Learning how to pair wine, beer and spirits with food
  • Waiting on tables
  • Experience working in a restaurant and café with real customers
  • Work Placement – A real introduction to industry
  • Student excursions to winery, resort, function centre and coffee roaster
  • Working on a point of sale system using IPads for order taking.
  • Food Safety
  • Responsible serving of alcohol (RSA)

This course provides you with hands on skills as it involves interactive restaurant sessions with real customers, work placement and industry excursions. So if you want to work in a restaurant, pub, café, resort, accommodation venue, function centre, music festival, corporate event or coffee shop in a wide variety of roles then Certificate III in Hospitality can help get you there.


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 9.00am-3.00pm with some evening sessions (Approx 12 sessions)
Please note evening sessions will only be timetabled for restaurant practical service periods, approximately 12 sessions.

Qualifications and Recognition

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Certificate III in Hospitality.

Career Opportunities

  • Bar operator
  • Barista
  • Food and beverage attendant
  • Waiter
  • Front office assistant
  • Restaurant host
  • Concierge
  • Function and corporate events wait staff
  • Café attendant
  • Hospitality all-rounder

Opportunities for Further Study

Further Information

Course and Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Mandatory entry requirements

  • For each Learner enrolling in a vocational qualification, regardless of eligible or ineligible status under the Victorian Training Guarantee, Federation Training will conduct a Pre-Training Review of current competencies (including literacy and numeracy skills) prior to commencement in training.
  • The Pre-Training Review will:

    Identify any competencies previously acquired (Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) or Credit Transfer);
    • ascertain the most appropriate qualification for that Learner to enrol in, including consideration of the likely job outcomes from the development of new competencies and skills; and ascertain that the proposed learning strategies and materials are appropriate for that individual.
    • When the Pre-Training Review identifies that a Learner may not have the Foundation skills required, the Learner will be referred to an Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) specialist for an assessment against ACSF core skills of learning, reading, writing, oral communication and numeracy.
  • When a gap exists between the Learner’s assessed ACSF level and the ACSF levels required within the vocational qualification (whether in any one, or a combination, of ACSF-assessed skills), Tafe Gippsland will recommend appropriate strategies for the Learner.

Recommended entry requirements

  • It is expected that the leaner has an expectation and goal of achieving some form of employment within industry on completion of training.

Limitations to entry

  • Students must be able to attend  3 days per week as set out in the timetable. Some sessions may be timetabled for the evening (Restaurant Service only).


Not Applicable

Online requirement

Not Applicable


Course Cost

Materials fees still apply for Free TAFE courses

VET Student Loans

Not Applicable for this course

Help with Fees

Specialist Course Information

Specialist Course Information



On campus study mode
Work placement has been timetabled for 10 sessions. The learner has the flexibility to negotiate the working hours with industry employers to determine the best outcome for both parties.
Placement is arranged by: Student

Pathway to Industry Licence

Not Applicable

Material and Equipment supplied by students

Not Applicable

Student Services

Support is available for students at every stage of the study journey. Please speak to any of our friendly reception or teaching staff.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Many TAFE Gippsland courses offer Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Click to learn more about RPL and how it can benefit you.

Course Structure

Course Modules

Course units
SITXWHS001 Participate in safe work practices
SITXHRM001 Coach others in job skills
SITHIND002 Source and use information on the hospitality industry
SITHIND004 Work effectively in hospitality service
SITXCOM002 Show social and cultural sensitivity
SITXCCS006 Provide service to customers
BSBWOR203 Work effectively with others
SITXFSA001 Use hygienic practices for food safety
SITHFAB002 Provide responsible service of alcohol
SITHFAB003 Operate a bar
SITHFAB005 Prepare and serve espresso coffee
SITHFAB007 Serve food and beverage
SITHFAB014 Provide table service of food and beverage
BSBCMM201 Communicate in the workplace
SITHFAB017 Provide advice on food and beverage matching


Not Applicable