Certificate III in Commercial Cookery


Course Length

Part time:

2 -3 years


Subsidised Apprentice:


Subsidised Apprentice (Concession):


Course Materials:


Student Services Fees (per year):




Shepparton - Fryers Street

Wangaratta - Docker Street

Delivery Mode

On Campus


Course Overview

The Certificate III in Commercial Cookery is the recognised qualification to become a qualified Commercial Cook.

You'll learn all aspects of the cooking trade, including:

  • 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

This course can be delivered on-campus or as an apprenticeship.

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

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

We've had to make adjustments to how our courses are delivered due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19. This means that we're currently offering a combination of delivery modes including online and flexible learning and, where we can, on-campus classes with strict social distancing in place.

Career Pathways

This course prepares you to work in the hospitality industry as a Commercial Cook.

You may find employment in the following contexts:

  • Restaurants
  • Hotels
  • Clubs
  • Pubs
  • Cafes
  • Coffee shops

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

SIT30816 - Apprenticeship - Open from 18/01/2021

Open from 13/07/2021 - 2-3 day p/w blended - 9am to 4.00pm / 2021

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

Public - Starts on 15th February, 9am - 4pm / 2022

Wangaratta - Docker Street

SIT30816 - Apprenticeship - Open from 18/01/2021

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

Public - Starts on 15th February, 9am - 4pm / 2022

Fee Information

1. Subsidised Apprentice: $3,974.00

2. Subsidised Apprentice (Concession): $795.00

Course Materials: $468.00

Student Services Fees (per year): $70.00

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Please note all fees and charges are correct at time of publication for 2021 and may change without notice.

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 Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session or during the pre-training review Interview.

All students are required to pay an annual Student Services Fee (SSF) of $70.00. The Student Services Fee contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF does not apply to short course participants.

Further details on fees available

Entry Requirements

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:

  • 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.
  • Apprentices: Please apply through an Apprenticeship Network Provider with your employer to organise your apprenticeship contract prior to applying for this course.

Course Study Units

Core Units
BSBSUS201 - Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
BSBWOR203 - Work effectively with others
SITHCCC001 - Use food preparation equipment
SITHCCC005 - Prepare dishes using basic methods of cookery
SITHCCC006 - Prepare appetisers and salads
SITHCCC007 - Prepare stocks, sauces and soups
SITHCCC008 - Prepare vegetable, fruit, eggs and farinaceous dishes
SITHCCC012 - Prepare poultry dishes
SITHCCC013 - Prepare seafood dishes
SITHCCC014 - Prepare meat dishes
SITHCCC018 - Prepare food to meet special dietary requirements
SITHCCC019 - Produce cakes, pastries and breads
SITHCCC020 - Work effectively as a cook
SITHKOP001 - Clean kitchen premises and equipment
SITHKOP002 - Plan and cost basic menus
SITHPAT006 - Produce desserts
SITXFSA001 - Use hygienic practices for food safety
SITXFSA002 - Participate in safe food handling practices
SITXHRM001 - Coach others in job skills
SITXINV002 - Maintain the quality of perishable items
SITXWHS001 - Participate in safe work practices
Elective Units
SITHCCC003 - Prepare and present sandwiches
SITHCCC004 - Package prepared foodstuffs
SITHCCC021 - Prepare specialised food items
SITHFAB016 - Provide advice on food

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods may include:

  • Written assessments
  • Practical assessments
  • Portfolio
  • Online assessments

Additional Information

Students will be required to purchase a knife kit, cook's uniform and online resources.

Course Co-ordinator

Glenn Kealy
Campus: Wangaratta

Jodi Rechsteiners-Sanders
Campus: Seymour

Ronan Cunniffe
Campus: Shepparton

Attendance & 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.

Apprentices: 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 three-year period.

On-campus: Students will a GOTAFE campus for training two days per week over 18 months. Students will also service the GOTAFE cafes and/or restaurant and masterclass events. Furthermore, students engage in 6 months of work placement to consolidate their skills and partake in real-time industry experience.

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.

Learning support

A free and confidential service to help you build the foundation skills you need to be successful at TAFE. Improve your english language, maths and/or writing skills; enhance your computer, exam and study skills.

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Our library team are passionate about supporting students to achieve their study goals. They have subject guides, referencing help, and online resources to assist you with you assessments.

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Jobs and study options

Our Skills and Jobs Centres can assist and talk through options for courses, careers, assistance with job applications and more.

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Student Support

Whether you need support with time management, your mental health, grief and loss, a diagnosed disability, financial hardship, or any other challenge life through your way, we are here to help.

Support for personal issues

We have a dedicated team to ensure students have the help they need with personal issues impacting studies such as homelessness, family problems & setting up payment plans.

Find out how the Student Experience Team can help you

Disability support

Get access to the supports and adjustments you need for your disability or medical condition to be successful in your studies.

Seek support from our Equitable Learning Advisors

Counselling services

We offer free counselling services to help you work through life's challenges including grief and loss, mental health or relationships.

Learn about our Student Wellbeing Advisors

Learner's Rights

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.

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

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.