Start your career in the culinary arts the right way with a commercial cookery course in Melbourne CBD for hands-on training with experienced chefs.
+ Commis Chef
+ Kitchen Hand
+ Duration: 52 weeks
+ Work placement: 48 mandatory service periods (approximately 192 hours)
Local students No
International students Yes
How can I study?
This course is available on campus in the CBD and in our state-of-the-art commercial training kitchens. Call us to discuss your study options.
Want to study a cooking course in Melbourne, Australia? Melbourne is renowned for inspiring chefs and cooks who create culinary masterpieces on the international stage. Learn from the best and start your journey with our top-class commercial cookery course in Melbourne CBD.
With a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery at MCIE, you can turn your love of food into a career in cookery while studying in the heart of Melbourne city. This qualification lets you work in restaurants, pubs, hotels, cafes and venues across Australian hospitality.
National code: SIT30821
CRICOS code: 109810E
Units: 20 core + 5 electives
MCIE CBD Campus, Level 8 & Level 9, 234 – 250 Collins St, Melbourne, VIC 3000
MCIE Training Kitchen, 112 Peel Street, North Melbourne, VIC 3051
MCIE Southbank Kitchen 28-30 Fanning Street, Southbank, VIC 3006
Program delivery: Blended training
Work placement: 48 mandatory service periods (approximately 192 hours)
Total duration: 52 weeks
Delivery weeks: 40 weeks
Holiday weeks: 12 weeks
Students in this program will be required to handle and cook a variety of meat, poultry and seafood as part of the course. This may include meat such as lamb, beef, pork, kangaroo, etc, poultry such as chicken, duck, turkey, or quail, and seafood including a variety of fish and shellfish. Some dishes may also require the inclusion of wine, spirits or liqueurs.
Full fee: $13,000
Materials fee: $1,200
Enrolment fee: $200
Included in materials fee:
1 X White Chef coat long sleeves with stud buttons (with MCIE Logo)
1 X Checked Chef trouser
1 X White flat top hat (with MCIE Logo)
1 X White neckerchief
1 X Bib style white apron
1X Half-length white apron
1 X Safety boots / clogs / sturdy slip-resistant shoes
Cooks Knife 22 cms
Bread Knife 26 cms
Boning knife 15 cms
Paring Knife 9 cms
Turning Knife 6 cms
Palette knife 20 cms
Sharpening steel 25 cms
Wooden spoon 30 cms
Rubber Spatula / Scraper
Whisk stainless steel 30 cms
Tongs stainless steel 23 cms
Set of star nozzles
Serving spoon perforated 30 cms
Pastry brush 2.5 cms
Tea Towel – 2 numbers
Piping bag 50 cms
Knife carry case 18 pockets
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 International Student Handbook.
Want to work in restaurants, bars, hotels, pubs or cafes as a cook? Spend more time in the kitchen and less time in the classroom with a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery apprenticeship through MCIE.
With this nationally-recognised qualification, you could become a cook, commis chef, or short order cook in eateries across Melbourne, Victoria and Australia.
According to the National Skills Commission:
There are currently 38,200 cooks employed in Australia
Average weekly earnings for this job role are around $1,188
48% of cooks work full-time in Australia
54% of cooks are women, with an average age of 35.
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.
English Language requirements
Candidates must meet one of the following English Language proficiency requirements:
IELTS band score of 5.5, or an equivalent internationally recognised exam result in line with Department of Home Affairs (DHA) regulations
Satisfactory completion of an ELICOS program at Upper-intermediate level from Explore English, or other NEAS endorsed English language centre
Certificate of completion equivalent to, or higher than, an Australian Year 11 qualification from an English-speaking country
Completion of MCIE’s English Placement Test with an overall score equivalent to IELTS 5.5, or above
Other English language proficiency tests, such as TOEFL and OET, will also be considered.
Candidates who have completed 1 year of study in Australia in English within the past 2 years at Certificate IV or AQF level 4 and above are exempt from submitting Australian Year 11 completion certificate or equivalent and Evidence of English Proficiency.
MCIE only accepts international students who will be 18 years of age by the time of course commencement.
To begin your training at MCIE, you will need a Unique Student Identifier (USI). The USI is a personal reference that creates a secure online record of your VET training. It is managed by the Australian Government and is kept for up to 30 years.
It can be accessed anywhere, anytime. When you arrive in Australia, your visa will be activated and you can then apply for a USI. It is free to create a USI. You need a USI to receive your qualification, or statement of attainment. For further information visit www.usi.gov.au/about.
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.
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.
Candidates may be asked to provide evidence of the following for work placement (requirements vary according to host employer policies):
Flu vaccination and COVID-19 vaccinations
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.
The unit SITXFSA001 Use hygienic practices for food safety is a pre-requisite of many of the units of this qualification. Delivery of this unit is completed in the first stages of the course.
Blended training delivery
This program is delivered through a blend of face-to-face classes on MCIE campus and commercial training kitchens with online learning for a total of 20 hours per week.
Assessment for this program includes written tasks, long and short answer questions, multiple choice quizzes, group tasks, oral presentations, role plays, scenarios, case studies, work placement journals, logbooks, portfolios and projects.
Mandatory work placement
Students are required to complete 48 service periods for the work-based training component of this course. MCIE will organise your placement with one of our hospitality host employers.
After achieving SIT30816 Certificate III in Commercial Cookery, graduates may undertake further study in:
SIT40521 Certificate IV in Kitchen Management
SIT50422 Diploma of Hospitality Management
SITXFSA005 Use hygienic practices for food safety
SITXWHS005 Participate in safe work practices
SITXINV006 Receive, store and maintain stock
SITHKOP009 Clean kitchen premises and equipment
SITHCCC023 Use food preparation equipment
SITHCCC027 Prepare dishes using basic methods of cookery
SITHCCC028 Prepare appetisers and salads
SITHCCC029 Prepare stocks, sauces and soups
SITHCCC030 Prepare vegetable, fruit, eggs and farinaceous dishes
SITHCCC035 Prepare poultry dishes
SITHCCC037 Prepare seafood dishes
SITHCCC031 Prepare vegetarian and vegan dishes
SITHCCC036 Prepare meat dishes
SITHCCC043 Work effectively as a cook (48 mandatory service periods)
SITHKOP010 Plan and cost recipes
SITHCCC041 Produce cakes, pastries and breads
SITHPAT016 Produce desserts
SITHCCC042 Prepare food to meet special dietary requirements
SITXFSA006 Participate in safe food handling practices
SITXHRM007 Coach others in job skills
HLTAID011 Provide First Aid
SITHCCC025 Prepare and present sandwiches
BSBSUS211 Participate in sustainable work practices
SITHCCC040 Prepare and serve cheese
SITHCCC039 Produce pates and terrines
MCIE Head Office & Campus
Contact us today to learn more about training courses in Melbourne
Levels 5 & 9, 250 Collins Street,
Melbourne, VIC, 3000
Call: 1300 737 004
MCIE Fanning St Kitchen
Our fully equipped commercial training kitchen.
28-30 Fanning Street,
Southbank, VIC, 3006
Call: 1300 737 004
This is Nationally Recognised Training,
leading to Australian Qualifications
Framework (AQF) qualification or a
Statement of Attainment.
Best training school to become a Chef!!
I loved learning with MCIE – and I also made really amazing friends. Facilities and location were excellent.