Hospitality & Commercial Cookery

Thinking about a career in Hospitality and Commercial Cookery? 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.

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


Students should have a desire to learn all aspects of the cooking trade in the Hospitality sector. Limited or no vocational experience 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

All trainees are enrolled from a contract with an employer

Read more about SIT20416 Certificate II in Kitchen Operations

This qualification is part of the Free TAFE for Priority Courses Initiative, tuition fees will be waived for eligible students in 2019. Discover if you are eligible at

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’ll gain industry knowledge in customer service and workplace hygiene as well as obtaining your Responsible Service of Alcohol. Gain skills to run in-house events/functions, serve food and beverages to customers, plus operate a bar and restaurant. You’ll find work opportunities from the local pub to top international restaurants anywhere in the world.

Read more about SIT30616 Certificate III in Hospitality

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who have a range of well-developed front of house food and beverage service and sales skills combined with sound product knowledge. Using discretion and judgement, they work with some independence and under limited supervision using plans, policies and procedures to guide work activities.

Read more about SIT30716 Certificate III in Hospitality

This qualification is part of the Free TAFE for Priority Courses Initiative, tuition fees will be waived for eligible students in 2019. Discover if you are eligible at

Want to turn your flair for cooking into a career? The Certificate III in Commercial Cookery is your Apprenticeship as a qualified Chef.

GOTAFE Apprentices are like a family, with networks that last long after the course. Our experts teach on-campus and in your workplace to increase your confidence and cooking expertise.

Read more about SIT30816 Certificate III in Commercial Cookery

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.

Read more about SIT30916 Certificate III in Catering Operations

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

Read more about SIT40416 Certificate IV in Hospitality

The well-rounded SIT40516 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?

Read more about SIT40516 Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery

Extend your cooking skills and career with the 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.

Read more about SIT40616 Certificate IV in Catering Operations

If you’re getting serious about hospitality, join us for the Diploma. You’ll train in our on campus state of the art kitchens, and put your skills to practice in our Restaurants. Our Trainers work in the local hospitality industry and will teach you management and operational skills using real-life projects. Manage from the ground up, from supervising staff, to front of house operations and everything in between.

Read more about SIT50416 Diploma of Hospitality Management

Cement your management expertise in the hospitality industry with our Advanced Diploma of Hospitality Management. Hone your skills to satisfy even the most demanding clients. Our expert Trainers will help you choose the right subjects and pathways, whether you want to work in a busy restaurant or an exclusive resort.
Got an important project at work? Ask our Trainers and use it to learn from during your workshops. You’ll discover how to lead others, implement business plans and monitor staff performance to get the job done to perfection.

Read more about SIT60316 Advanced Diploma of Hospitality Management


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