Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery

Course Code SIT40516
Campus Shepparton - Fryers Street
Duration 1395 hours

Course Overview

On campus students may have already completed the SIT30816 Certificate III in Commercial Cookery and be working in a commercial kitchen. Credit Transfers are available for a number units from this qualification.

The SIT40516 Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery reflects the role of commercial cooks who have a supervisory or team leading role in the kitchen.

The well-rounded Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery has all the ingredients you need to advance your career. With this qualification under your belt, you’re on the way to becoming head chef.

We combine expert cookery skills and hospitality management training. Learn specialty menu planning alongside financial and management techniques. Learn from industry professionals who know their way around a kitchen and how to manage a business.

You’ll study the latest cooking methodologies and techniques in our restaurants and on-campus kitchens.

This course is delivered as an Apprenticeship through the Shepparton, Seymour and Wangaratta campuses, or as an on campus course at Shepparton.

Successful applicants will be enrolled into a current qualification as an on campus student or an Apprentice.

Pathways / Employment Opportunities

The SIT40516 Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery is designed for those wishing to further their knowledge and skills to seek employment in the Hospitality industry.

This may include organisations such as restaurants, hotels, clubs, pubs, cafes and coffee shops, or to run a small business in these sectors as a chef or chef de partie.

Working in this industry may involve shift and weekend work and may require a reasonable level of fitness.

Further studies
After gaining the SIT40516 Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery, you might wish to undertake further study in the SIT50416 Diploma of Hospitality Management.

Sessions - Dates/Times

Campus Times
Shepparton – Fryers Street 1 Day a Week – 9am to 4.30pm – Public on Campus – Shepparton Sem 2 / 2018
Shepparton – Fryers Street Starts Mon 1st July, 1 Day a week, 9am to 4pm / 2019

Attendance and Commitment

It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including study and assessments the student may need to complete outside their normal training sessions.

The duration for an on campus student is 12 months, given that you already hold the SIT30816 Certificate III in Commercial Cookery.

The duration of an Apprenticeship is a minimum of 12 months.

Please contact the course coordinator for further details.

Course Co-ordinator

Name: Bronwyn Manning
Location: Shepparton

Fee Information
Type Cost
Govt Subsidised-Standard $5,356.80
Govt Subsidised-Standard Concession $1,071.36
Govt Subsidised-Apprentice $4,882.50
Govt Subsidised-Apprentice Concession $976.50
Full Fee $14,298.75
Course Materials $558.00

Please note that the advertised fees relate to 2019.   For enrolments this year, please contact us for confirmation.

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

You will receive an Indicative Fee Statement when you decide upon your course. A finalised invoice will be issued upon enrolment. Students will be invoiced for the components of the course that they are enrolled into for each year or semester.

Material fees cover costs associated with the following where applicable, and not limited to:

  • Classroom activity consumables, handouts and booklets
  • E-Learning resources and associated license access fees
  • Excursions

Additionally some courses require students to purchase or supply text books, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Book Shop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your Course Information session or during the Pre-Training review Interview.

Entry Requirements

Training package entry requirements
There are no training package entry requirements for this qualification.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements
Before being accepted into the course applicants must:

  • Attend an interview (on campus students only)
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review to document previous work experience and qualifications and assess suitability for the course
  • Complete a Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) test to ensure the required language, literacy and numeracy levels are met for the course
  • Register with the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (Apprentices only)
Units of Competency

SIT40516 – Core Units
SITXHRM001 – Coach others in job skills
SITHKOP005 – Coordinate cooking operations
SITHKOP004 – Develop menus for special dietary requirements
BSBSUS401 – Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
SITXWHS003 – Implement and monitor work health and safety practices
SITXHRM003 – Lead and manage people
SITXINV002 – Maintain the quality of perishable items
SITXCOM005 – Manage conflict
BSBDIV501 – Manage diversity in the workplace
SITXFIN003 – Manage finances within a budget
SITXMGT001 – Monitor work operations
SITXFSA002 – Participate in safe food handling practices
SITHKOP002 – Plan and cost basic menus
SITHCCC006 – Prepare appetisers and salads
SITHCCC005 – Prepare dishes using basic methods of cookery
SITHCCC018 – Prepare food to meet special dietary requirements
SITHCCC014 – Prepare meat dishes
SITHCCC012 – Prepare poultry dishes
SITHCCC013 – Prepare seafood dishes
SITHCCC007 – Prepare stocks, sauces and soups
SITHCCC008 – Prepare vegetable, fruit, eggs and farinaceous dishes
SITHCCC019 – Produce cakes, pastries and breads
SITHPAT006 – Produce desserts
SITHCCC001 – Use food preparation equipment
SITXFSA001 – Use hygienic practices for food safety
SITHCCC020 – Work effectively as a cook

SIT40516 – Elective Units
FSKOCM07 – Interact effectively with others at work
HLTAID003 – Provide first aid
SITHCCC003 – Prepare and present sandwiches
SITHCCC004 – Package prepared foodstuffs
SITHCCC021 – Prepare specialised food items
SITHFAB002 – Provide responsible service of alcohol
SITHFAB016 – Provide advice on food
SITHIND002 – Source and use information on the hospitality industry
SITXCCS006 – Provide service to customers
SITXFIN002 – Interpret financial information
SITXHRM002 – Roster staff
SITXHRM004 – Recruit, select and induct staff
SITXINV001 – Receive and store stock
SITXINV004 – Control stock
VU20007 – Prepare For Employment
VU20009 – Participate In Job Seeking Activities

Assessment Methods

A variety of assessments can be undertaken, including:

  • Written
  • Practical assessments
  • Portfolio
Skills Recognition

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification.  There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking.  You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.
Information Sessions

For further information please call 1300 468 233.


Please note:  Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review.  This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer
Individual Needs

On campus applicants:
Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

Apprentice applicants:
Enrolment in an apprenticeship course is commenced after GOTAFE receives a Training Contract completed at an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN). To locate an AASN, please go to australianapprenticeships.gov.au or call 13 38 73.

Learner’s Rights

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.
Further information is provided at course induction.

Student Welfare Unit

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you will be welcome to access a variety of non-academic support services from the Student Welfare Unit. These services are designed to best support you to successfully complete your course.

Services include on campus supports and remote supports

  • Counselling
  • employment information
  • careers
  • activities etc.
Educational Support Services

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.

Where to from here?

If you need any further clarification of the information provided please contact one of our client service officers on 1300 468 233 who can assist you or click Enquire Now.