Certificate III in Commercial Cookery

Certificate III in Commercial Cookery in Melbourne

Turn your love of food into a career with a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery in Melbourne.

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52 weeks
This course is eligible for the Victorian Training Guarantee (VTG)
This qualification reflects the role of commercial cooks who use a wide range of cookery skills. They use discretion and judgement and have a sound knowledge of kitchen operations. They work with some independence and under limited supervision and may provide operational advice and support to team members. This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship pathway.

Certificate III in Commercial Cookery – Apprenticeship

Course Details

  • National Code: SIT30816
  • Units: 21 core & 4 elective units
  • Location: Employer site. (Some theory classes may be required at 250 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000 & some practical classes at 644 Victoria Street, 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 blend
  • Assessment: Oral and written tasks and simulated or workplace practical observations
  • Duration: 52 weeks
  • Prior experience: RPL & Credit Transfer is available


Career Opportunities

You could become…

  • Cook

This qualification provides a pathway to work as a commercial cook in organisations such as restaurants, hotels, clubs, pubs, cafes, cafeterias and coffee shops.



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.

Entry Requirements

You are required to go undertake a pre-training review process to determine your suitability for this course. To be eligible for funding support you must be employed as an apprentice cook and enter an apprenticeship agreement with your employer.

Students undertaking the Hospitality – Cookery programs will be required to handle and cook a variety of meat, poultry and seafood as part of their course. This includes but is not limited to, meat such as lamb, beef, port, kangaroo, etc, poultry such as chicken, duck, turkey, quail, etc., seafood including a variety of fish and shellfish. Some dishes may also require the inclusion of wine, spirits or liqueurs.

Pathway Information

Pathways into the qualification

Individuals may enter SIT30813 Certificate III in Commercial Cookery with limited or no vocational experience and without a lower level qualification.

Pathways from the qualification

After achieving SIT30813 Certificate III in Commercial Cookery, individuals could progress to SIT40413 Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery, SIT40613 Certificate IV in Catering Operations or SIT40713 Certificate IV in Patisserie.


Course Fees for Local Students

Traineeship / Apprenticeship^Full Fee
From $50 (Concession from $10)$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. International Student? Click here for pricing. For any further course costs, such as re-assessment fees, please refer to the Domestic Student Handbook.


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, click here!


Prior Experience

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.

Included in Materials Fee

The estimated cost of the Chef’s uniform set is $150.00 and it consists of the following items:

  • 1 X Chef coat long sleeves with stud buttons
  • 1 X Checked Chef trouser
  • 1 X White flat top hat
  • 1 X White neckerchief
  • 1 X Bib style white apron
  • 1 X Safety boots / clogs / sturdy slip resistant shoes

Please be aware that the uniform requirements for the kitchen are compulsory for all cookery practical sessions and no concessions can be made.

The estimated cost of the knife kit is $160.00 and it consists of the following items:

  • Cooks Knife 22 cms
  • Paring Knife 9 cms
  • Turning Knife 6 cms
  • Palette knife 20 cms
  • Whisk stainless steel 30 cms
  • Wooden spoon 30 cms
  • Serving spoon perforated 30 cms
  • Pastry brush 2.5 cms
  • Peeler
  • Piping bag 40 cms
  • Plain tube 1 cm
  • Star tube 1 cm
  • Tool box or Roll bag

Course Units
SITXFSA001Use hygienic practices for food safety
SITXWHS001Participate in safe work practices
BSBWOR203Work effectively with others
SITXINV002Maintain the quality of perishable items
SITHKOP001Clean kitchen premises and equipment
SITHCCC001Use food preparation equipment
SITHCCC005Prepare dishes using basic methods of cookery
SITHCCC006Prepare appetisers and salads
SITHCCC007Prepare stocks, sauces and soups
BSBSUS201Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
SITHCCC008Prepare vegetable, fruit, egg and farinaceous dishes
SITHCCC012Prepare poultry dishes
SITHCCC013Prepare seafood dishes
SITHCCC014Prepare meat dishes
SITXFSA002Participate in safe food handling practices
SITHKOP002Plan and cost basic menus
SITHCCC019Produce cakes, pastries and breads
SITHPAT006Produce desserts
SITHCCC018Prepare food to meet special dietary requirements
SITXHRM001Coach others in job skills
SITHCCC020Work effectively as a cook (Work based training)

SITXINV001Receive and Store Stock
SITHIND002Source and use information on hospitality industry
SITXCOM002Show social and cultural sensitivity
BSBDIV501Manage diversity in the workplace


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Turn your love of food into a career with a SIT30813 Certificate III in Commercial Cookery in Melbourne.

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