Certificate III in Hospitality (Restaurant Front of House) (Apprenticeship)

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Certificate III in Hospitality (Restaurant Front of House) (Apprenticeship)

Are you a people person with a passion for food and wine? Get your new career started with an MCIE apprenticeship in Certificate III in Hospitality (Restaurant Front of House).

Job prospects

+ Waiter

+ Sommelier

+ Senior Bar Attendant

+ Restaurant Front of House


+ 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, where you'lll learn essential hospitality skills while working on-the-job.

National code: SIT30716

Units: 11 core + 9 elective units

Location: Delivered primarily in the workplace

Program delivery: Apprenticeship

Work placement: 62 service periods (310 hours)

Total duration: 156 weeks

Delivery weeks: 138 weeks

Holiday weeks: 18 weeks

Hit the ground running and earn while you learn with an apprenticeship through MCIE.

With a Certificate III in Hospitality (Restaurant Front of House), you could become a…

  • Sommelier

  • Waiter

  • Restaurant Host

  • Restaurant Front of House

  • Senior Bar Attendant


According to the National Skills Commission:

  • There are currently 151,200 wait staff employed in Australia

  • This occupation has a forecasted future growth of 12%

  • Average weekly earnings are around $1,000

  • Around 16% of wait staff work full-time

  • 76% of wait staff are women, with an average age of 22.

Government funded traineeship: $250*

Self-funded: $7,500

*This program is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth government funding to eligible candidates. Eligibility criteria applies.

Enrolment fees include additional resources required for the program and student ID charges. For additional service fees, such as re-assessment fees or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), please refer to the Domestic Student Handbook.


This program is delivered in the workplace with approximately 6 hours of structured workplace training per month.



Assessment for this program includes written tasks, long and short answer questions, group tasks, practical cookery tasks, oral presentations, role plays, scenarios, case studies, work placement logbooks, portfolios and projects.


Required equipment

We recommend that students have access to a laptop or tablet to submit their assessments. MCIE provides access to Microsoft Office.


There are no prerequisite qualifications required to enter this program.


Education and skills

Students must complete a Pre-Training Review, meet the Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skill standards for this program level, and demonstrate they are a suitable candidate for this program.



You must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident of at least 18 years of age.

All candidates require a Unique Student Identification (USI) number. If you do not have a USI number you can apply for one online at https://www.usi.gov.au/students, or you can give MCIE administration staff permission to apply on your behalf.


Students with disabilities

MCIE welcomes all people with disabilities, learning differences and medical conditions. Acceptance in this program is subject to candidates’ ability to undertake all program requirements as discussed in the Pre-Training Review, with reasonable adjustments where applicable.


Digital technology

Students must have sufficient digital literacy skills to access online content, enter answers to written questions and communicate with trainers via email, the student portal and the learning management system.


Industry requirements

Candidates may be asked to provide evidence of the following for work placement (requirements vary according to host employer policies):

  • National Police Check

  • Flu vaccination and COVID-19 vaccinations


Prior experience

Credit Transfer (CT) and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) are available. Credit Transfer is free of charge. RPL application fees are $145 per hour. Please click here for more information on RPL fees, terms and conditions.




Core units

BSBWOR203 Work effectively with others

SITXCOM002 Show social and cultural sensitivity

SITXWHS001 Participate in safe work practices

SITXFSA001 Use hygienic practices for food safety

SITHFAB002 Provide responsible service of alcohol

SITHIND002 Source and use information on the hospitality industry

SITHIND004 Work effectively in hospitality service

SITXCCS006 Provide service to customers

SITXHRM001 Coach others in job skills

SITXFIN001 Process financial transactions

SITXFIN003 Manage finances within a budget

Elective Units

SITHFAB005 Prepare and serve espresso coffee

SITXINV001 Receive and store stock

SITHFAB003 Operate a bar

SITHFAB010 Prepare and serve cocktails

SITHFAB007 Serve food and beverage

SITHFAB014 Provide table service of food and beverage

SITHFAB016 Provide advice on food

SITHFAB012 Provide advice on Australian wines

Nationally Recognised Training

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

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Great apprenticeship!

Rated 5 out of 5
November 23, 2021

MCIE are a market leading training company and a RTO of choice for trainees

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