Certificate III in Hospitality (Traineeship)

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Certificate III in Hospitality (Traineeship)

Are you a people-person with a passion for food, coffee, beer or wine? Get qualified with a traineeship in hospitality at MCIE to learn the basics of working in restaurants, hotels, pubs and cafés across Australia.

Job prospects

+ Waiter

+ Barista

+ Restaurant Host

+ Restaurant Front of House

+ Senior Bar Attendant

+ Food and Beverage Attendant


+ Duration: 12 months

+ Work placement: 255 hours

Local students Yes

International students No

Is this funded?

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

How can I study?

This qualification is delivered as a Traineeship to help you gain practical hospitality skills while working on-the job.

National code: SIT30622

Units: 6 core + 9 elective units

Location: Delivered primarily in the workplace

Program delivery: Traineeship

Work placement: 56 service periods (224 hours)

Total duration: 52 weeks

Delivery weeks: 48 weeks

Holiday weeks: 4 weeks

Hit the ground running with a traineeship and learn on-the job through MCIE.

With a Certificate III in Hospitality, you could become a…

  • Waiter

  • Barista

  • Restaurant Host

  • Restaurant Front of House

  • Senior Bar Attendant

  • Food and Beverage 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.

Full fee: $5000
Government subsidised fee: $250
Concession fee: $50

The fees listed above 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 with Victorian and Commonwealth government funding to eligible candidates. Eligibility criteria applies. If you are not eligible for a government-funded place, you will be required to pay the self-funded fee.


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.


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.

Core Units

SITXWHS005 Participate in safe work practices
SITXCOM007 Show social and cultural sensitivity
SITHIND006 Source and use information on the hospitality industry
SITHIND008 Work effectively in hospitality service
SITXCCS014 Provide service to customers
SITXHRM007 Coach others in job skills

Elective Units

SITXFSA005 Use hygienic practices for food safety
SITHFAB021 Provide responsible service of alcohol
SITXCOM006 Source and present information
SITXINV006 Receive, store and maintain stock
SITHFAB024 Prepare and serve non-alcoholic beverages
SITHFAB027 Serve food and beverage
SITHFAB025 Prepare and serve espresso coffee
SITHFAB034 Provide table service of food and beverage
SITHFAB036 Provide advice on food

Nationally Recognised Training

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

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