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Course Type:
Accredited Course; Traineeship; Free TAFE; JobTrainer
1-2 years
Starting Date:
Ongoing enrolments

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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.

If you’re looking to specialise your hospitality skills, meet new people, and learn amazing things about what we eat and drink, a Certificate III in Hospitality is right for you.

This course will teach you how to effectively work in a restaurant’s front-of-house, developing a well-rounded knowledge of house food and beverage service, products and sales skills.

Using your discretion and judgement, you’ll work under supervision while you grow your independence using plans, policies and procedures to guide work activities.

However, we do recommend that you and your employer allow 1 day per week to work on the online resources and assessment tasks.

Once you complete the Certificate III in Hospitality, you’ll have all the skills you need to work in various front of house roles in restaurants and cafes – the possibilities really are endless.

You might find yourself working as a Senior Bar Attendant, Sommilier or Waiter.

You can even choose to take your career further by studying a Certificate IV in Hospitality, or a Diploma of Hospitality Management (not offered at TAFE Gippsland), and we’ll be here to help you with all of the decision-making when you’re ready.

Go on, set yourself up for a fun, exciting and dynamic career with a Certificate III in Hospitality at TAFE Gippsland.

Please note, students must be employed in the industry during this course due to complete an apprenticeship.


Weekly online zoom sessions from 9.00-12.00 noon Minimum of 4 workplace visits per year. Practical assessments to be completed in the workplace with the support of workplace supervisor.

Qualifications and Recognition

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

Career Opportunities

  • espresso coffee machine operator in a trendy cafe
  • bar person in a busy night club
  • food and beverage attendant in your local hotel
  • function room host at a leading reception centre
  • function room attendant at your local conference facility
  • senior bar attendant at your local club
  • waiter in a busy café, restaurant or bistro environment
  • front desk receptionist at your local club
  • front office assistant at a leading hotel

Opportunities for Further Study

Further Information

Course and Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Mandatory entry requirements

  • The Learner must be employed within industry under a registered traineeship before commencing this course.


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



Not Applicable

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
SITHFAB017 Provide advice on food and beverage matching
SITHFAB014 Provide table service of food and beverage
SITHFAB007 Serve food and beverage
SITHFAB005 Prepare and serve espresso coffee
SITHFAB003 Operate a bar
SITHFAB002 Provide responsible service of alcohol
SITXFSA001 Use hygienic practices for food safety
BSBWOR203 Work effectively with others
SITXCCS006 Provide service to customers
SITXCOM002 Show social and cultural sensitivity
SITHIND004 Work effectively in hospitality service
SITHIND002 Source and use information on the hospitality industry
SITXHRM001 Coach others in job skills
SITXWHS001 Participate in safe work practices
SITXFIN001 Process financial transactions


Observation, Questioning, Tests and Quizzes and  Presentations