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Certificate III in Baking


Certificate III in Baking FBP30521

Course Overview

If you dream of making fluffy buns and crispy doughnuts, launch into the world of all things baked goods with the Certificate III in Baking. This course is the recognised qualification to become a qualified Baker.

You’ll come away with real-life skills in a bakery setting including mastering breads, biscuits, cakes, puddings, pastries and more. You'll also learn important skills in food safety and preparation, bakery scheduling and production, and stock management.

Delivered as an apprenticeship, this course is designed for those who are working in a retail baking environment with a holistic product focus.

Please note: the information on this page is relevant for 2022 enrolments.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

During COVID‐19 lockdown periods, this course will have the majority of the training delivered using online methods of teaching and communication while students engage from home with their trainers. Any required practical components of the course will be moved to a more appropriate time later in the year.

Career Pathways

This course prepares you to work in the baking industry as a qualified Baker. Working as a baker can be physically challenging and may require that you work early morning shifts.

Further Study

After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in the FBP40217 Certificate IV in Baking.

Course Dates & Times

Shepparton - Fryers Street

Apprentices - Open from 22nd June - Block release - 8am to 4.30pm / 2022

1. Subsidised Apprentice
2. Subsidised Apprentice (Concession)
3. Full Fee
Course Materials
Student Services Fees (per year)

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.

Please note that the fees on this webpage, for this particular course:

  • are correct at the time of publishing for those enrolling in 2022 and may change without notice.
  • will be discussed with applications as part of the application process to ensure it is understood what is being paid for and which fee rates they may be eligible for.

Course Fees consist of 3 different components:

  1. Student Tuition Fee - cover the costs of training and assessment. These fees vary across courses and are calculated based on a rate per nominal hour enrolled in. The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Circumstances may include:
    1. an individual’s eligibility for Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    2. an individual’s eligibility for concession rates on Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    3. ineligible individuals who are required to pay the full fees for tuition and other costs.
  2. Material Fee - where applicable, cover the costs of classroom consumables, handouts and booklets, e-Learning resources and associated license access fees and excursions.
  3. Student Services Fee (SSF) - contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF is a non-refundable annual fee that does not apply to short course participants.

Additionally, some courses require students to purchase or supply textbooks, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session or during the pre-training review Interview.

GOTAFE offers a range of payment options to help you pay your fees.
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Training package entry requirements

There are no training package entry requirements for this qualification.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements

Before being accepted into the course applicants must:

  • Complete a Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) online test to ensure the required literacy and numeracy levels for the course are met.
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review by interview to ensure the course suits their needs and aspirations, and that they are likely to complete the course successfully.
  • Please apply through an Apprenticeship Network Provider with your employer to organise your apprenticeship contract prior to applying for this course.

Students will be required to have access to the following in order to complete this blended course:

  • Laptop/Computer with internet access, including access to YouTube.
  • Access to a digital camera or video camera for visual and audio assessment tasks.
  • Bakers toolkit, uniform and safety boots

Core Units
Apply food safety procedures
Use numerical applications in the workplace
Use food preparation equipment to prepare fillings
Produce laminated pastry products
Produce non laminated pastry products
Produce basic bread products
Produce savoury bread products
Produce specialty flour bread products
Produce sponge cake products
Produce biscuit and cookie products
Produce cake and pudding products
Produce sweet yeast products
Schedule and produce bakery production
Produce basic artisan products
Participate in work health and safety processes
Elective Units
Produce specialist pastry products
Produce meringue products
Control and order bakery stock
Produce artisan bread products

Assessment methods include:

  • Theory assessments
  • Practical observation

This course is delivered to apprentices via a blend of workplace delivery, block release training and online learning and assessment. Students are provided with a study plan which outlines their course structure and they are also given an induction into the LMS-goLearn, where their learning materials and assessments are delivered through. Students that do not wish to use the online LMS will be offered paper learner guides and resources.

GOTAFE trainers visit students in the workplace 4 times a year over the duration of their course. Students will attend on campus for a total of 21 days throughout their course (7.5 hrs per day)

  • Year 1; is 1 x 3-day induction block plus 1 x 5-day training block.
  • Year 2; is 1 x 5-day training block.
  • Year 3; is 1 x 3-day training block plus 1 x 5-day training block

Monthly online or telephone support with trainers is available to all students over the duration of their training. Students can schedule a one-on-one phone call during office hours if required.

Students are required to undertake structured online learning through goLearn where they read learning materials, watch videos on YouTube and complete interactive learning activities related to the unit of study.

Students are required to spend time researching and undertaking assessment tasks in their own time.

Attendance requirements:

  • 80% attendance to on-campus classes
  • 100% attendance to online zoom classes

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Further information is provided at course induction.

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

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

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.

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