Do you eat, sleep and breathe cuisine? Turn your love of food into a hospitality career with hands-on training in commercial cookery with MCIE.
+ Sous Chef
+ Commis Chef
+ Duration: 12 to 36 months
+ Work placement: 192 hours
Local students Yes
International students No
Is this funded?
Yes - Government funding (including JobTrainer) is available to eligible students. Please contact us to see if you qualify.
How can I study?
This course is available on campus in our state of the art kitchen and as an apprenticeship. Call us to discuss your study options.
National code: SIT30816
Units: 21 core +4 elective
Location: Workplace delivery, theory classes at City Campus, 250 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000 and MCIE Training Kitchens, 644 Victoria Street, North Melbourne, VIC 3051
Delivery modes: Class-based or apprenticeship
Duration: 12 months class-based or 36 months apprenticeship
Assessment: Written, oral and practical tasks and workplace assessor observation
Work placement: 192 hours
Students must have access to a computer or laptop to complete this qualification. 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.
You could become a…
This qualification provides a pathway to work as a commercial cook in organisations such as restaurants, hotels, clubs, pubs, cafes, cafeterias and coffee shops.
Government Funded: From $310* (promotional price)
Apprenticeship: From $50^
Full Fee: $15,900
* Eligibility criteria applies.
^ Eligibility criteria applies. Apprentices may be eligible for State and/or Federal Funding.
Enrolment fees include additional resources required for the course and student ID charges. For information about additional service fees, such as re-assessment fees, please refer to the Domestic Student Handbook.
Included in course cost
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
There are no formal prerequisites for this qualification.
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 must complete a Pre-Training Review, meet the Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skill standards for Certificate III level study and demonstrate that they are a suitable candidate for this course.
Age at Commencement
It is recommended that students have attained the age of 18 by the course commencement date.
MCIE welcomes all people with disabilities, learning differences and medical conditions. Acceptance in this course is subject to the candidate being able to undertake all course requirements as discussed in the Pre-Training Review, with reasonable adjustment where applicable.
All participants 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’s admin staff permission to apply on your behalf.
Students are required to 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.
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.
Candidates may be required to provide evidence of the following for work placement (requirements vary according to host employer policies):
Flu vaccination, COVID-19 vaccinations and COVID-19 test
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.
MCIE Work Placement Officers will facilitate work placement for students within a commercial cookery setting.
SITXFSA001 Use hygienic practices for food safety
SITXWHS001 Participate in safe 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
BSBSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
SITHCCC008 Prepare vegetable, fruit, egg and farinaceous dishes
SITHCCC012 Prepare poultry dishes
SITHCCC013 Prepare seafood dishes
SITHCCC014 Prepare meat dishes
SITHCCC020 Work effectively as a cook
SITXFSA002 Participate in safe food handling practices
SITHKOP002 Plan and cost basic menus
SITHCCC019 Produce cakes, pastries and breads
SITHPAT006 Produce desserts
SITHCCC018 Prepare food to meet special dietary requirements
BSBWOR203 Work effectively with others
SITXHRM001 Coach others in job skills
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
SITXINV001 Receive and store stock
SITXCOM002 Show social and cultural sensitivity
SITHIND002 Source and use information on the hospitality industry
This is Nationally Recognised Training,
leading to Australian Qualifications
Framework (AQF) qualification or a
Statement of Attainment.
Great course to have a career as a chef
I loved the Cert III in Commercial cookery! I was trained to learn everything I need to know to work in a kitchen! MCIE have modern facilities and very experienced staff!