Hospitality & Commercial Cookery





Thinking about a career in Hospitality and Commercial Cookery? You’re making a wise choice. Whether you want to make your mark in the ‘foodie’ state here in Victoria or take your skills around the world, we have the course for you.

Manage a 100 person conference venue, work in exotic honey-moon destinations, or make families feel at home. There is a career in hospitality to suit your strengths. Hotels, restaurants, hospitals, cafes, overseas or at home. We ask you about your goals to help you choose the course that’s right for you.

At GOTAFE, you’re learning from the best. Hospitality and Commercial Cookery teachers have extensive industry experience. They’ve worked overseas and locally, and in some of Australia’s renowned restaurants and hotels. Our graduates are highly regarded by our local business partners.

You don’t need to move to Melbourne to study when GOTAFE has everything you need, close to home. Practice in our restaurants to learn on the job. Learn in our world class kitchens on campus. You’ll even participate in master classes with some of Australia’s top chefs, and show off your skills at regional and state-wide events:

  • VicTAFE Cookery Challenge
  • Chefs on the Murray Slow Food Dinner
  • Art on a Plate


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. Why not take this qualification onto the Diploma of Hospitality to consolidate yourself as an industry expert?

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Consolidate your career in hospitality with the Certificate IV. Hospitality is a growth industry and can take you anywhere from boutique cafes to international hotels. With our course, you’ll master management skills to run a restaurant, catering business, or hotel. Provide exceptional service to customers to keep them coming back for more. And if you already have the know-how, we can help you with Recognition of Prior Learning.

At GOTAFE you learn hands on:

  • Participate in master classes with top Australian Chefs
  • Train in our restaurants
  • Work with experts in our state of the art on-campus kitchens
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Are you good at cleaning, and ready to turn your expertise into a business? The Certificate III in Cleaning Operations will give you the tricks and tools of the trade. Not only that, you’ll find out how to make cleaning work as a business, whether you’re working alone or supervising others. You’ll be well-equipped for domestic, commercial or healthcare cleaning roles.

We’ll teach you what you need to know:

  • Occupational health and safety
  • Understanding cleaning schedules
  • Cleaning surfaces such as floors, windows, carpets and kitchens
  • Communication and customer service
  • Operating cleaning equipment
  • Cleaning at high levels
  • Leadership and problem solving skills
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Extend your cooking skills and career with the Certificate III 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
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Channel your love of working with people into a career in hospitality. The Certificate III in Hospitality delivers job-ready skills to set you up for work. You can do this course as a VETiS program — we’ll manage the application process to make the transition from school to GOTAFE an easy one. You’ll find work opportunities from the local pub to top international restaurants anywhere in the world.

You’ll learn from our industry expert trainers. Jobs in the hospitality industry include:

  • Espresso coffee machine operator
  • Food and beverage attendant
  • Receptionist
  • Functions host or attendant
  • Gaming attendant
  • Housekeeper
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Get a head start on a career in Hospitality. If you’re great in the kitchen, happy to pitch in and help out, the Certificate II in Kitchen Operations is the course for you. You can complete this course and progress into an apprenticeship.

You’ll learn in state of the art kitchen facilities on campus. We have restaurants in Shepparton, Wangaratta and Seymour where you can practice and learn on the job. You’ll learn what you need to enter the industry as a cook or a kitchen hand:

• Food safety

• Food hygiene

• Cooking techniques

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