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Course Type:
Pre-Apprenticeship; Accredited Course; Free TAFE; JobTrainer
Study Mode:
On Campus, Full Time, Part Time
10 months Full time 3 years Part time
Starting Date:
Full time: Morwell: 31/01/2022
Part time:
Morwell: 01/02/2022
Bairnsdale: 10/02/2022
Leongatha: 10/02/2022
Bairnsdale, Leongatha, Morwell
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Course Overview

Are you destined to be the next Masterchef? Do you fancy yourself as a real creative in the kitchen? Then a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery is the perfect course to help you realise your dreams and pursue your passions!

You’ll learn how to plan, organise, prepare and cook food in a commercial kitchen environment, getting creative as you produce quality foods, plan menus, prepare meals for specific dietary and cultural requirements, and work as part of a team in a kitchen.

You’ll also learn the practical management skills needed to control the cost of food and operate a successful restaurant.

Taught on-campus, three days a week for 11 months, you’ll gain hands-on experience and put your new knowledge into action in scheduled restaurant training sessions and work placements.

And once you’ve completed this course, you’ll have the skills to work as a qualified cook in restaurants, cafes, bistros, clubs, cruise ships, resorts and so much more!

You might even find yourself working in one of these areas:

  • Cook at a leading reception centre
  • Breakfast Cook in a trendy café
  • Cook for conference and event catering
  • Cook at a nursing home or aged care facility
  • Cook at a busy pub or hotel kitchen
  • Cook at event catering such as AFL games, Phillip Island grand prix, music festivals and events.
  • Cook for not for profit community organisations
  • Cook for a leading restaurant
  • Cook for your local sporting club kitchen
  • Cook in a variety of fast food outlets

But what if you want to take your study further? Well, you can! You’ll be eligible to study a Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery, a Certificate IV in Catering Operations, a Certificate IV in Patisserie, a Diploma of Hospitality, or an Advanced Diploma of Hospitality Management.

All these courses will give you specialised skills and further enhance your employment opportunities in the future and we’ll be here to walk you through all your options if and when the time comes!

Step into an exciting future with a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery and let your creativity shine!

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.


Intake Attendance Days
Morwell (Full time) Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays 9:00am - 4:00pm
Morwell (Part time) Thursday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Bairnsdale (Part time) Wednesday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Leongatha (Part time) Wednesday 9:00am - 4:00pm

Qualifications and Recognition

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

Career Opportunities

  • Cook at a leading reception centre
  • Breakfast cook in a trendy café
  • Cook for conference and event catering
  • Cook at a nursing home or aged care facility
  • Cook at a busy pub or hotel kitchen
  • Cook at event catering such as AFL football, Phillip island grand prix, music festivals and events.
  • Cook for not for profit community organisations
  • Cook for a leading restaurant
  • Cook for your local sporting club kitchen
  • Cook in a variety of fast food outlets

Opportunities for Further Study

  • SIT40516 Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery (on Offer)
  • SIT40616 Certificate IV in Catering Operations (Not on offer at TAFE Gippsland)
  • SIT40716 Certificate IV in Patisserie (Not on Offer at TAFE Gippsland)
  • SIT50416 Diploma of Hospitality (Not on Offer at TAFE Gippsland)
  • SIT60316 Advanced Diploma of Hospitality Management (Not on Offer at TAFE Gippsland)

Further Information

Course and Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Recommended entry requirements

  • It is expected that the leaner is actively seeking employment or a voluntary role , either casual, part time or full time, with the aspiration of working as commercial cook.
  • This non apprentice stream also provides business owners the opportunity to undertake the same training as an apprentice. Without the Non Apprentice exemption, business owners were not able to sign themselves up as an apprentice through an Australian Apprenticeship Centre.

Limitations to entry

  • A typical day of delivery for this course may include 1 hour theory and up to 5.5 hours practical training in the commercial kitchen environment. Learners should be aware, if they have any pre existing injuries or limitations to being on their feet, that this may not be suitable for their needs. In all cases, trainers will do their best to modify or provide alternative solutions to meet training outcomes, however, a large component of the assessments is observation in the kitchen environment.


Not Applicable

Online requirement

Not Applicable


Course Cost

VET Student Loans

Not Applicable for this course

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Specialist Course Information

Specialist Course Information



Work placement has been timetabled for 17 sessions.

Each session should consist of 2 service periods in order to gain the minimum 48 service periods required for unit SITHCCC020.

The learner has the flexibility to negotiate the working hours with industry employers to determine the best outcome for both parties.

Industry hours examples;

  • Breakfast shift 6.30am-10.30am
  • Lunch Shift 10.00am-2.30pm
  • Dinner Shift 5.00pm-9.30pm
  • All day café 7.00am-3.00pm

These times are to be used as examples/guides only.

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

Sample course units

Unit CodeUnit Description
BSBCMM201Communicate In The Workplace
BSBSUS201Participate In Environmentally Sustainable Work Practices
BSBWOR203Work effectively with others
SITHCCC001Use food preparation equipment
SITHCCC002Prepare and present simple dishes
SITHCCC005Prepare dishes using basic methods of cookery
SITHCCC006Prepare appetisers and salads
SITHCCC007Prepare stocks, sauces and soups
SITHCCC008Prepare vegetable, fruit, eggs and farinaceous dishes
SITHCCC011Use cookery skills effectively
SITHCCC012Prepare poultry dishes
SITHCCC013Prepare seafood dishes
SITHCCC014Prepare meat dishes
SITHCCC018Prepare food to meet special dietary requirements
SITHCCC019Produce cakes, pastries and breads
SITHCCC020Work effectively as a cook
SITHCCC021Prepare specialised food items
SITHKOP001Clean kitchen premises and equipment
SITHKOP002Plan and cost basic menus
SITHPAT006Produce desserts
SITXFSA001Use hygienic practices for food safety
SITXFSA002Participate in safe food handling practices
SITXHRM001Coach others in job skills
SITXINV002Maintain the quality of perishable items
SITXWHS001Participate in safe work practices


Didasko Learning Online is used for the delivery of theory and assessment tasks.

Assessment tasks typically include multiple choice, short answer, projects, tasks, role play and learner activities. Practical assessment will take place in the training restaurant for 6 sessions (12 occasions), the remaining practical placement will be completed in industry.