Course Type:
Accredited Course; VDSS
Bairnsdale, Leongatha, Morwell, Sale
2 years

VET in


Strongly Recommended
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Course Overview

Considering working part time in hospitality? Looking for a short term career path when you go off to university? or perhaps you would like to take on a traineeship or apprenticeship once completing school?

If you answered yes to any of these, then the Certificate II in Cookery may be the course for you. This course will provide the introductory level skills and knowledge required to work in a busy kitchen environment. Your training will take place in one of our first class training restaurants, providing you the opportunity to be hands on and practice your skills on real customers.

Our Industry experienced trainers will show you what it takes to work in some of our leading cafes, pubs, clubs and restaurants.

Entry Requirements

Mandatory entry requirements:

VCE VET programs are vocational training programs approved by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA). VCE VET programs lead to nationally recognised qualifications, thereby offering students the opportunity to gain both VCE and a nationally portable Vocational Education and Training (VET) certificate.

To successfully enrol in a this program;

  • You must have Successfully Completed year 9 (or equivalent)
  • You must be enrolled as a secondary school student.
  • You must be 16 years of age
Recommended entry requirements:

It is expected that the learner has a genuine interest in the Hospitality sector.

Limitations to entry:

A typical day of delivery for this course may include 1 hour theory and up to 4.5 hours practical training in the Restaurant and 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 Commercial Kitchen Environment.

Proposed Units

SITHCCC026 Package prepared foodstuffs
SITHCCC024 Prepare and present simple dishes
SITHCCC025 Prepare and present sandwiches
SITHCCC023 Use food preparation equipment
SITHCCC027 Prepare dishes using basic methods of cookery
SITHKOP009 Clean kitchen premises and equipment
SITXFSA005 Use hygienic practices for food safety
SITXINV006 Receive, store and maintain stock
SITXWHS005 Participate in safe work practices
SITHCCC035 Prepare poultry dishes
SITHCCC028 Prepare appetisers and salads
SITHCCC029 Prepare stocks, sauces and soups
SITHCCC030 Prepare vegetable, fruit, eggs and farinaceous dishes
SITHCCC034 Work effectively in a commercial kitchen

Clothing and Equipment

  • Black, slip resistant dress shoes
  • Uniform top, pants & apron will be supplied
  • Students must have access to a computer and Internet along with access to the Microsoft Suite


On successful completion of Certificate II in cookery, you can continue your studies by enrolling in SIT30821 Certificate III in Commercial Cookery - Apprentice and Non Apprentice Stream.

Potential Job Outcomes

The Hospitality Industry is one of the largest and most flexible industries in Australia. Currently the Hospitality Industry is experiencing a skills shortage in regards to trained staff, therefore there has never been a better time to train and apply for one of the many roles in the Hospitality Industry.

Possible job titles may include, but not limited too:

  • Breakfast cook in a busy café or trendy coffee shop
  • Catering assistant in a busy function/reception centre
  • Food preparation assistant in a busy pub, club or hotel
  • Fast food cook in one of many busy food franchises
  • Sandwich hand in one of many busy food franchise's
  • Takeaway cook in your local hamburger store, fish and chip shop or chicken shop.
  • Fast food cook in one of many food courts
  • Fast food cook in a pop up kitchen at music and food festivals
  • Fast food cook with your local voluntary or not for profit organisation