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Certificate III in Commercial Cookery


Certificate III in Commercial Cookery SIT30816

Course Overview

The Certificate III in Commercial Cookery is the recognised qualification to become a qualified Commercial Cook. The ideal candidate for this course will have a passion for cooking, tasting and creativity, and a desire to turn this into a career.

Students will learn all aspects of the cooking trade, including:

  • How a commercial kitchen works
  • Basic nutrition
  • Cooking methods for different cuisines and dietary requirements
  • Kitchen safety
  • How to work as part of a multi-chef team

This course can be delivered on-campus or as an apprenticeship, both of which include 200 hours of practical workplace learning.

This course is available as part of the Free TAFE scheme as well as the JobTrainer initiative, for eligible students.

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 individuals to work in the hospitality industry as a Commercial Cook.

You may find employment in the following contexts:

  • Restaurants
  • Hotels/motels
  • Bars
  • Clubs
  • Pubs
  • Cafes
  • Coffee shops

A career as a Commercial Cook requires early morning starts, manual lifting (e.g. bags of flour), working with machines, and requires individuals to be on their feet a lot.

Further Study

After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in the SIT40516 Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery.

Course Dates & Times

Shepparton - Fryers Street

Apprentice - Open from 08/02 - Block attendance - 9am - 4pm / 2022

Wangaratta - Docker Street

Apprentice - Open from 08/02 - Block attendance - 9am - 4pm / 2022

1. Subsidised Standard
2. Subsidised Standard (Concession)
3. Subsidised Apprentice
4. Subsidised Apprentice (Concession)
5. 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.
Learn more about fees, charges, refunds and payment options

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:

  • Complete a Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) online test to ensure the required literacy & 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.
  • Apprentices: Please apply through an Apprenticeship Network Provider with your employer to organise your apprenticeship contract prior to applying for this course.
Core Units
Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
Work effectively with others
Use food preparation equipment
Prepare dishes using basic methods of cookery
Prepare appetisers and salads
Prepare stocks, sauces and soups
Prepare vegetable, fruit, eggs and farinaceous dishes
Prepare poultry dishes
Prepare seafood dishes
Prepare meat dishes
Prepare food to meet special dietary requirements
Produce cakes, pastries and breads
Work effectively as a cook
Clean kitchen premises and equipment
Plan and cost basic menus
Produce desserts
Use hygienic practices for food safety
Participate in safe food handling practices
Coach others in job skills
Maintain the quality of perishable items
Participate in safe work practices
Elective Units
Prepare and present sandwiches
Package prepared foodstuffs
Prepare specialised food items
Provide advice on food

Assessment methods may include:

  • Written assessments
  • Practical assessments
  • Portfolio
  • Online assessments

Glenn Kealy
Campus: Wangaratta

Ryan Andre
Campus: Shepparton

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.

All students:

  • Students will be required to purchase a knife kit, cook's uniform and online resources.
  • Students are expected to complete a minimum of 200 hours of workplace learning in a commercial kitchen, in order to complete the required number of practical tasks. This can be completed either:
    a. on-campus at the GOTAFE Training Kitchen, or
    b. through employment, or
    c. through Practical Placement at a host employment worksite.


  • This course is typically delivered over a 3-year period. Most apprentices will attend a GOTAFE campus for training one day per week for two terms over the 3-year period.


  • Students will attend a GOTAFE campus 2 days per week over the course of 18 months. Students will also service the GOTAFE cafes and/or restaurant and masterclass events.

Some commonly asked questions:

  1. Can I do this course online?
    This course requires attendance at TAFE do to its practical nature, however parts of the theory may be completed online.
  2. Do I need prior experience to do this course?
    Apprentices must be employed in the industry to undertake this course. Experience is not essential for all other students experience, but a passion or interest in the industry is preferred.
  3. How long is the course?
    Apprentices - 3 years
    On campus - 2 years with 6 months work placement
  4. Are there any tests or exams?
    Yes, there are assessments for all 25 units, from short written tasks to observations and practical tasks.
  5. If I fail an assessment can I try again?
    Yes, you can have two more attempts.
  6. Do I need to buy any books or equipment?
    Yes resources are required and a chef's uniform at a cost of approximately $100. GOTAFE will organise a uniform company to attend an induction session for sizing.

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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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