Certificate III in Commercial Cookery

Course Code SIT30816
Campus Contact your local GOTAFE campus on 1300 GOTAFE (468 233) for full details
Duration 945 hours

Course Overview

The SIT30816 Certificate III in Commercial Cookery is the recognised qualification to become a qualified Commercial cook.

Applicants should have a desire to learn all aspects of the cooking trade in the Hospitality sector. Limited or no vocational experience is necessary to begin this course.

This course includes:

  • How a commercial kitchen works
  • Cooking methods for different cuisines
  • Using equipment well
  • Kitchen safety
  • How to cater for special dietary needs
  • How to work as part of a multi-chef team

Successful applicants will be enrolled into a current qualification and may complete studies on campus or as an Apprentice.

For Apprentices, a current contract must be supplied by the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network. Applicants must have employment in a commercial kitchen.

You will be enrolled into a current qualification.

Please note: this course is available as part of the 2019 Free TAFE Courses for eligible students.

Pathways / Employment Opportunities

The SIT30816 Certificate III in Commercial Cookery designed for those wishing to further their knowledge and skills to seek employment in the Hospitality Cookery industry.
Working in this industry may involve may involve shift and weekend work in restaurants, hotels, clubs, pubs, cafes, and coffee shops.

Further studies
After gaining the SIT30816 Certificate III in Commercial Cook, you might wish to undertake further study in the SIT40516 Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery.

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.

Apprenticeship program is run over 3 years, please contact the course coordinator for further details.

Course Co-ordinator

Name: Bronwyn Manning
Location: Shepparton

Name: Glenn Kealy
Location: Wangaratta

Name: Jodi Rechsteiners-Sanders
Location: Seymour

Fee Information
Type Average Enrolled Hours Hourly Fee Rate Indicative Tuition Fee Hourly Govt Subsidy Rate Total Govt Contribution
Govt Subsidised-Standard 945 $3.84 $3,628.80 $9.50 $8,977.50
Govt Subsidised-Standard Concession 945 $0.77 $727.65 $9.50 $8,977.50
Govt Subsidised-Apprentice 945 $3.59 $3,392.55 $14.00 $13,230.00
Govt Subsidised-Apprentice Concession 945 $0.72 $680.40 $14.00 $13,230.00
Full Fee 945 $10.25 $9,686.25 N/A N/A
Course Materials 945 $0.40 $378.00 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

SIT30816 – Core Units

SITHKOP001 – Clean kitchen premises and equipment
SITXHRM001 – Coach others in job skills
SITXINV002 – Maintain the quality of perishable items
BSBSUS201 – Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
SITXFSA002 – Participate in safe food handling practices
SITXWHS001 – Participate in safe work 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
BSBWOR203 – Work effectively with others

SIT30816 – Elective Units

SITHCCC017 – Handle and serve cheese
SITHCCC004 – Package prepared foodstuffs
SITHCCC003 – Prepare and present sandwiches
SITHCCC002 – Prepare and present simple dishes
SITHCCC021 – Prepare specialised food items
SITHPAT004 – Produce yeast-based bakery products
SITHFAB016 – Provide advice on food
HLTAID003 – Provide first aid
SITXINV001 – Receive and store stock
SITXCOM002 – Show social and cultural sensitivity
SITHCCC011 – Use cookery skills effectively

Assessment Methods

A variety of assessments can be undertaken, including:

  • Written
  • Practical assessments
  • Portfolio
  • Online
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 information sessions 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 general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

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 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?

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