Certificate III in Commercial Cookery (Apprenticeship)

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Certificate III in Commercial Cookery (Apprenticeship)

MCIE can deliver the Certificate III in Commercial Cookery as an apprenticeship program. This enables you to simultaneously study while being actively engaged in the workplace thereby minimising the time spent out of the kitchen.

Job prospects

+ Cook

+ Commis Chef


+ Duration: 36 months

+ Work placement: 36 months

Local students Yes

International students No

Is this funded?

Yes - Government funding is available to eligible students. Click here to see if you qualify.

How can I study?

This qualification is delivered as an Apprenticeship. It is also available as classroom delivery.

This nationally recognised qualification is designed for emerging Chefs, allowing them to acquire the skills and knowledge required to become a chef, all while working on-the-job. This course lays the foundations for restaurant cookery, knife skills, food safety practices and more.

Your studies and apprenticeship in commercial cookery will also equip you with skills in financial, workplace safety, team and kitchen organization. You will be trained in all aspects of food preparation and work as a cook in a busy kitchen.


  • National Code: SIT30816

  • Units: 21 core & 4 elective units

  • Location: Employer site. (Some theory classes may be required at 9/250 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000 & some practical classes at 28-30 Fanning Street Southbank VIC 3006 & 112 Peel St, North Melbourne VIC 3051)

  • Delivery Mode: This qualification is delivered through a blend of formal face-to-face classes at MCIE campus and/or training kitchen, self-paced and workplace delivery. Contact on a monthly basis is the minimum requirement depending on the blend

  • Assessment: Oral and written tasks and simulated or workplace practical observations

  • Duration: 36 months

  • Prior experience: RPL & Credit Transfer is available

You could become…

  • Cook

  • Commis Chef

Government Funded: From $250*

Traineeship: From $250^

Full Fee: $15,900

Enrolment fees include textbooks, resource and Students ID charges. This course is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth government funding. ^ Eligibility criteria apply. Apprentices may be eligible for State and/or Federal Funding. * Eligibility criteria applies. For any further course costs, such as re-assessment fees, please refer to the Domestic Student Handbook.

There are no pre-requisite requirements for this qualification.

  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) standards required for this qualification

  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident

  • be at least 18 years of age

  • people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Enrolment is subject to the person being able to undertake all tasks and requirements of the course.

This training may be delivered with Victorian & Commonwealth Government funding if the applicant is enrolled as an apprentice. *Eligibility criteria applies. To see if you qualify for Government funding, please speak with us.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer  (CT) are available. Fees apply. Please see our website for more information on fees and terms and conditions.

SITXFSA001 Use hygienic practices for food safety

SITXWHS001 Participate in safe work practices

BSBWOR203 Work effectively with others

BSBSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

SITXINV002  Maintain the quality of perishable items

SITHKOP001  Clean kitchen premises and equipment

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, egg and farinaceous dishes

SITHKOP002 Plan and cost basic menus

SITHCCC012 Prepare poultry dishes

SITHCCC013 Prepare seafood dishes

SITHCCC014 Prepare meat dishes

SITHCCC018 Prepare food to meet special dietary requirements

SITXFSA002 Participate in safe food handling practices

SITXHRM001  Coach others in job skills

SITHCCC019 Produce cakes, pastries and breads

SITHPAT006 Produce desserts

SITHCCC020 Work effectively as a cook

SITXINV001 Receive and Store Stock

SITHIND002  Source and use information on hospitality industry

SITXCOM002 Show social and cultural sensitivity

BSBDIV501 Manage diversity in the workplace

Nationally Recognised Training

This is Nationally Recognised Training,
leading to Australian Qualifications
Framework (AQF) qualification or a
Statement of Attainment.

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