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Certificate IV in Catering Operations


Certificate IV in Catering Operations – SIT40616

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Course Overview

The Certificate IV in Catering Operations gives you the skills to become a qualified Caterer.

Extend your cooking skills and learn to supervise staff in a busy kitchen. You'll learn:

  • Safe work practices
  • Supervisory skills
  • Cooking techniques
  • Conflict management
  • Financial management techniques
  • Customer service skills
  • Kitchen operations coordination
  • Stock and inventory control.

This course is delivered as a Traineeship.

Career Pathways

This course prepares you to work in the Hospitality or Cookery industry as a Catering Supervisor or Kitchen Administrator.

You may find employment in one of the following contexts:

  • Hospitals
  • Aged Care facilities
  • Sporting venues
  • Entertainment venues
  • Hotel banqueting departments
  • Production kitchens
  • Mobile catering businesses.

Further Study

After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in the SIT50416 Diploma of Hospitality Management.

Course Dates & Times

Currently there are no upcoming sessions available for this course. To register your interest in this course, click the "Register Your Interest" button at the top of this page.

Fee Information

1. Subsidised Standard
2. Subsidised Standard (Concession)
3. Subsidised Trainee
4. Subsidised Trainee (Concession)
5. Full Fee
Course Materials

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 2019 and may change without notice. 2020 fees are yet to be published.

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.

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
  • Please apply through an Apprenticeship Network Provider ( with your employer to organise your traineeship contract prior to applying for this course
Core Units
Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
Use food preparation equipment
Prepare dishes using basic methods of cookery
Coordinate cooking operations
Manage conflict
Manage finances within a budget
Use hygienic practices for food safety
Participate in safe food handling practices
Coach others in job skills
Maintain the quality of perishable items
Control stock
Implement and monitor work health and safety practices
Elective Units
Provide first aid
Prepare and present simple dishes
Prepare and present sandwiches
Package prepared foodstuffs
Prepare appetisers and salads
Prepare stocks, sauces and soups
Prepare vegetable, fruit, eggs and farinaceous dishes
Use cookery skills effectively
Prepare food to meet special dietary requirements
Produce cakes, pastries and breads
Plan and cost basic menus
Show social and cultural sensitivity
Interpret financial information
Receive and store stock
Monitor work operations

Assessment methods may include:

  • Written
  • Practical assessments
  • Portfolio

Students will be required to purchase a Restaurant uniform and online resources.

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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.

Students are encouraged to attend all scheduled session with your trainer.

A minimum of 12 service periods are required to be completed for this qualification which will comprise lunch and/or dinner periods.

If you need any further clarification of the information provided please contact one of our client service officers on 1300 468 233 who can assist you or click Enquire Now.

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.

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you will be welcome to access a variety of non-academic support services from the Student Welfare Unit. These services are designed to best support you to successfully complete your course.

Services include on campus supports and remote supports

  • Counselling
  • employment information
  • careers
  • activities etc.

Learn more about support services

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 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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