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Certificate IV In Commercial Cookery (International)

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Certificate IV In Commercial Cookery (International)

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

Job prospects

+ Chef

+ Chef De Partie


+ Duration: 78 weeks

+ Work placement: 60 service periods

Local students No

International students Yes

How can I study?

This course is available on campus in the CBD or Werribee and virtually. Call us to discuss your study options.

Do you want to become a Chef? Whether you’re dreaming of opening a family owned pizzeria or Australia’s most iconic restaurant, there’s no dream too big or too small. Start your journey the right way with MCIE’s Certificate IV In Commercial Cookery.

This qualification reflects the role of commercial cooks who have a supervisory or team leading role in the kitchen. They operate independently or with limited guidance from others and use discretion to solve non-routine problems. This qualification provides a pathway to work in organisations such as restaurants, hotels, clubs, pubs, cafes and coffee shops, or to run a small business in these sectors.

This commercial cookery course will equip you with skills and knowledge that can only be acquired through a combination of face-to-face classes and hands-on, practical experience.

  • National Code: SIT40516

  • CRICOS Code: 093953C

  • Duration: 78 weeks (including 18 weeks holidays)

  • Contact Hours: 20hrs per week

  • Workbased Training: 60 service periods

  • RPL Application Fees: $145 per hour

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.

  • Tuition Fee: $14,500

  • Materials Fee: $950

  • Administration 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

  • Filleting knife

  • Sharpening steel 25 cms

  • Wooden spoon 30 cms

  • Rubber Spatula / Scraper

  • Whisk stainless steel 30 cms

  • Tongs stainless steel 23 cms

  • Poultry Scissors

  • Set of star nozzles

  • Pocket thermometer

  • Serving spoon perforated 30 cms

  • Pastry brush 2.5 cms

  • Peeler

  • Bowl Scraper

  • Tea Towel – 2 numbers

  • Piping bag 50 cms

  • Knife carry case 18 pockets

This qualification provides a pathway to work in organisations such as restaurants, hotels, clubs, pubs, cafés, and coffee shops as a:

  • Chef

  • Chef de partie

An English Language proficiency level of one of the below:

  • IELTS band score of 5.5 or equivalent internationally recognised exam result in line with DHA regulations or;

  • satisfactorily completing ELICOS at Upper Intermediate level from a NEAS endorsed English Training Centre or;

  • completion of secondary studies equivalent or higher to an Australian Year 11 qualification from an English-speaking country or;

  • completion of MCIE English Placement Test with an overall score of 5.5 or above;

  • other tests like PTE, TOEFL and OET are also considered equivalent for direct entry into MCIE VET courses.

Other entry requirements include:

  • Academic: Completion of senior high school or equivalent to the Australian Year 11 of education

  • Regulatory: A current and valid passport, A valid study visa that covers the duration of study for the course

  • Age at Commencement: MCIE will not accept overseas students who would be under 18 years of age at the time of proposed commencement

  • Special Considerations: Students who have completed one year of study in Australia (Cert III, AQF Qualification or above) are exempt from submitting Year 11 qualification or equivalent + IELTS results

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.

Classroom Training

Training is delivered ‘face to face’ by qualified trainers and students are required to attend each scheduled class. The trainer will moderate the learning pace, method and sequence appropriate to the learning needs. Learning methods will vary and can include case study scenarios, field trips, ‘hands-on’ practical classes, role-play techniques, discussions, presentations and assignments.


Assessment tasks and strategies cover a wide range of methods and may include the creation of specific written documents, projects or reports, formal questions (multiple choice, short and long answer), practical demonstrations, small or large group tasks, oral presentations, problem-solving tasks, case studies and discussions. Broadly classroom assessments have two or three assessment tasks for each unit of competency or module. As a general rule for major assessments, students are provided with task assessment instructions including the date the task is due for completion.

Work-based Training

Students are required to complete

  • 48 service periods to complete the work-based training component of SITHCCC020 Work effectively as a cook

  • 12 service periods to complete the work-based training component of SITHKOP005 Coordinate cooking operations

MCIE will organise your work-placement with one of our host employers.

After achieving SIT40516 Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery, graduates may undertake further study in:

  • SIT50416 Diploma of Hospitality Management

Core Units

SITXFSA001 Use hygienic practices for food safety

SITXINV002 Maintain the quality of perishable items

SITHCCC001 Use food preparation equipment

SITHCCC005 Prepare dishes using basic methods of cookery

SITHCCC006 Prepare appetisers and salads

SITHCCC007 Prepare stocks, sauces and soups

SITHKOP002 Plan and cost basic menus

SITHCCC008 Prepare vegetable, fruit, egg and farinaceous dishes

SITHCCC012 Prepare poultry dishes

SITHCCC013 Prepare seafood dishes

SITHCCC014 Prepare meat dishes

SITHCCC018 Prepare food to meet special dietary requirements

SITHCCC019 Produce cakes, pastries and breads

SITHPAT006 Produce desserts

SITXFSA002 Participate in safe food handling practices

SITXHRM001 Coach others in job skill

BSBDIV501 Manage diversity in the workplace

SITXCOM005 Manage conflict

SITXFIN003 Manage finances within a budget

SITHKOP004 Develop menus for special dietary requirements

SITXHRM003 Lead and manage people

SITXMGT001 Monitor work operations

SITXWHS003 Implement and monitor work health and safety practices

BSBSUS401 Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

Elective Units

SITHIND002 Source and use information on the hospitality industry

SITXCOM002 Show social and cultural sensitivity

SITXFIN004 Prepare and monitor budgets

SITXFSA004 Develop and implement a food safety program

SITXHRM002 Roster staff

SITXINV001 Receive and Store Stock

Work-Based Units

SITHCCC020 Work effectively as a cook

SITHKOP005 Coordinate cooking operations

Please Note: These units are partially completed in a workplace.

MCIE Head Office & Campus

Contact us today to learn more about training courses in Melbourne

Levels 9, 250 Collins Street,
Melbourne, VIC, 3000
Call: 1300 737 004

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28-30 Fanning Street,
Southbank VIC 3006
Call: 1300 737 004

Nationally Recognised Training

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

The reviews

Great course in Melbourne to become a cook!

Rated 5 out of 5
May 2, 2021

I loved studying this course with MCIE, great trainers. Highly recommend.

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