Certificate IV in Catering Operations

Course Code SIT40616
Campus Contact your local GOTAFE campus on 1300 GOTAFE (468 233) for full details
Duration 875 hours

Course Overview

The SIT40416 Certificate IV in Catering Operations is the recognised qualification to become a qualified Caterer.

Extend your cooking skills and career with the SIT40616 Certificate IV in Catering Operations. Learn to coach and supervise staff in a busy kitchen. Our graduates find work everywhere from hospital catering departments and aged care facilities to hotel kitchens and sporting venues.

Run your own catering company or supervise a catering kitchen. Our Trainers are in the hospitality industry and teach you higher-level skills you can’t always learn on the job. You’ll learn safe work practices, supervisory skills and cooking techniques:

  • Conflict management
  • Financial management techniques
  • Customer services skills
  • Kitchen operations coordination
  • Stock and inventory control

This course will allow you to learn on the job. Our Trainers are hospitality industry experts and will teach you things you can’t always learn at work. You’ll learn safe work practices and important cooking skills in our commercial kitchens.

This course is delivered as a Traineeship. You will be enrolled into a current qualification.

Pathways / Employment Opportunities

The SIT40416 Certificate IV in Catering Operations is designed for those wishing to further their knowledge and skills to seek employment in the Hospitality/Cookery industry.

This qualification provides a pathway to work in organisations such as hospitals and aged care facilities, sporting and entertainment venues, hotel banqueting departments, cook chill production kitchens, and mobile catering businesses of varying size.
Possible job titles include:

  • catering supervisor
  • kitchen administrator
  • small business caterer

Working within this industry may include shift work in a variety of workplace environments. It may also require a reasonable level of fitness.

Further studies
After gaining the SIT40416 Certificate IV in Catering Operations, you might wish to undertake further study in the SIT50416 Diploma of Hospitality Management.

Sessions - Dates/Times

Contact your local GOTAFE campus on 1300 GOTAFE (468 233) for full details

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.

Students are encouraged to attend all scheduled session with your trainer.

A minimum of 12 service periods are required to be completed for this qualification which will comprise lunch and/or dinner periods.

Course Co-ordinator

Name: Jane Wall
Location: Shepparton

Fee Information
Type Average Enrolled Hours Hourly Fee Rate Indicative Tuition Fee Hourly Govt Subsidy Rate Total Govt Contribution
Govt Subsidised-Standard 875 $3.84 $3,360.00 $7.00 $6,125.00
Govt Subsidised-Standard Concession 875 $0.76 $672.00 $7.00 $6,125.00
Govt Subsidised-Trainee 875 $6.00 $5,250.00 $7.00 $6,125.00
Govt Subsidised-Trainee Concession 875 $1.20 $1,050.00 $7.00 $6,125.00
Full Fee 875 $10.25 $8,968.75 N/A N/A
Course Materials 875 $0.40 $350.00 N/A N/A

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 requirements for this qualification.

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

  • 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
Units of Competency

SIT40616 – Core Units

SITXHRM001 – Coach others in job skills
SITXINV004 – Control stock
SITHKOP005 – Coordinate cooking operations
BSBSUS401 – Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
SITXWHS003 – Implement and monitor work health and safety practices
SITXINV002 – Maintain the quality of perishable items
SITXCOM005 – Manage conflict
SITXFIN003 – Manage finances within a budget
SITXFSA002 – Participate in safe food handling practices
SITHCCC005 – Prepare dishes using basic methods of cookery
SITHCCC001 – Use food preparation equipment
SITXFSA001 – Use hygienic practices for food safety

SIT40616 – Elective Units

SITXFIN002 – Interpret financial information
SITXMGT001 – Monitor work operations
SITHCCC004 – Package prepared foodstuffs
SITHKOP002 – Plan and cost basic menus
SITHCCC003 – Prepare and present sandwiches
SITHCCC002 – Prepare and present simple dishes
SITHCCC006 – Prepare appetisers and salads
SITHCCC018 – Prepare food to meet special dietary requirements
SITHCCC007 – Prepare stocks, sauces and soups
SITHCCC008 – Prepare vegetable, fruit, eggs and farinaceous dishes
SITHCCC019 – Produce cakes, pastries and breads
HLTAID003 – Provide first aid
SITXINV001 – Receive and store stock
SITXCOM002 – Show social and cultural sensitivity
SITHCCC011 – Use cookery skills effectively

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods may include:

  • 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 regarding this course 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

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.