Certificate III in Catering Operations

Course Code SIT30916
Campus Contact your local GOTAFE campus on 1300 GOTAFE (468 233) for full details
Duration 745 hours

Course Overview

The SIT30916 Certificate III in Catering Operations provides a pathway to work in various catering settings, such as hospitals and aged care facilities, sporting and entertainment venues, hotel banqueting departments and mobile catering businesses of varying size.

Join us for the Certificate III in Catering Operations and turn your love of cooking for others into a career. We’ll teach you skills you need to work in a hospital catering department, aged care facility, hotel kitchen or sports venue.

If you’re already working, you can complete this course as a traineeship so you can 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.

Front of House Focus – you may wish to undertake this course with a focus on Front of House electives to give you an overview of Back and Front of House operations.

Successful applicants will be enrolled into a current qualification as an On Campus student or as a Trainee.

Pathways / Employment Opportunities

The SIT30916 Certificate III in Catering Operations is designed for those wishing to further their knowledge and skills to seek employment in the Hospitality/Cookery industry as a catering assistant, cook or a food service assistant. Front of House electives are included in this course to give students experience in both areas of Catering.

Further studies
After gaining the SIT30916 Certificate III in Catering Operations, you might wish to undertake further study in the SIT40616 Certificate IV in Catering Operations.

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.

You are encouraged to attend all face-to-face sessions.

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

The duration for the On Campus course is 12 months.

The duration for the Traineeship is 3 years

Course Co-ordinator

Name: Jodi Rechsteiner-Sanders
Location: Seymour

Name: Jane Wall
Location: Shepparton

Name: Glenn Kealy
Location: Wangaratta

Fee Information
Type Average Enrolled Hours Hourly Fee Rate Indicative Tuition Fee Hourly Govt Subsidy Rate Total Govt Contribution
Govt Subsidised-Standard 745 $3.84 $2,860.80 $7.00 $5,215.00
Govt Subsidised-Standard Concession 745 $0.77 $573.65 $7.00 $5,215.00
Govt Subsidised-Trainee 745 $3.50 $2,607.50 $7.00 $5,215.00
Govt Subsidised-Trainee Concession 745 $0.70 $521.50 $7.00 $5,215.00
Full Fee 745 $10.25 $7,636.25 N/A N/A
Course Materials 745 $0.40 $298.00 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 not training package entry requirements for this qualification.

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

  • On-campus applicants – Successfully undertake an interview
  • Trainee Applicants – Register with the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network
  • 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
Units of Competency

SIT30916 – 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
SITHCCC002 – Prepare and present simple dishes
SITHCCC005 – Prepare dishes using basic methods of cookery
SITXCOM002 – Show social and cultural sensitivity
SITHCCC001 – Use food preparation equipment
SITXFSA001 – Use hygienic practices for food safety
BSBWOR203 – Work effectively with others

SIT30916 – Elective Units

SIRXCEG003 – Build customer relationships and loyalty
SITXCCS003 – Interact with customers
SITHFAB003 – Operate a bar
SITHCCC004 – Package prepared foodstuffs
SITHKOP002 – Plan and cost basic menus
SITHCCC003 – Prepare and present sandwiches
SITHFAB005 – Prepare and serve espresso coffee
SITHFAB004 – Prepare and serve non-alcoholic beverages
SITHCCC006 – Prepare appetisers and salads
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
SITXFIN001 – Process financial transactions
SITHCCC019 – Produce cakes, pastries and breads
SITHPAT006 – Produce desserts
SITHPAT005 – Produce petits fours
HLTAID003 – Provide first aid
SITHFAB002 – Provide responsible service of alcohol
SITXCCS006 – Provide service to customers
SITXINV001 – Receive and store stock
SIRXSLS001 – Sell to the retail customer
SITHFAB007 – Serve food and beverage
SITHIND002 – Source and use information on the hospitality industry
SITHCCC011 – Use cookery skills effectively
SITHIND004 – Work effectively in hospitality service

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.

Trainee Applicants
Enrolment in an traineeship 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.