Do you dream of being head chef at your own restaurant? Take the lead by honing your knowledge and skills in all things culinary with a Certificate IV in Kitchen Management at MCIE.
+ Sous Chef
+ Commis Chef
+ Chef de Partie
+ Food and Beverage Team Leader
+ Duration: 78 weeks
+ Work placement: 192 hours approx
Local students Yes
International students No
Is this funded?
Yes - Government funding is available to eligible students. Please click here to see if you qualify.
How can I study?
This course is available on campus and as an apprenticeship. Call us to discuss your study options.
Get qualified as a professional chef with our Certificate IV course in Kitchen Management in Melbourne CBD. Designed for keen students looking for a hands-on cookery course, the Certificate IV in Kitchen Management provides the knowledge and skills for professional kitchen management.
This commercial cookery course is taught by professional chefs both in the classroom and online, with hands-on training in our commercial kitchens and real-world learning on work placement.
National code: SIT40521
Units: 27 core + 6 elective units
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: Approximately 192hrs
Total duration: 78 weeks
Delivery weeks: 60 weeks
Holiday weeks: 18 weeks
Please note that 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.
With a Certificate IV in Kitchen Management, you could become a:
Chef de Partie
Food and Beverage Manager
According to the National Skills Commission:
There are currently 108,800 chefs employed in Australia
This occupation has steady future growth of nearly 14%
On average, Australian chefs earn around $1,250 a week
72% of chefs work full-time in Australia
25% of workers in this role are women, with an average age of 35
Full fee: $14,500
Materials fee: $400
This program is only delivered as a full fee for service program.
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 Domestic Student Handbook.
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
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.
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):
National Police Check
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.
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.
Assessment for this program includes written tasks, long and short answer questions, practical cookery tasks, 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.
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
This is Nationally Recognised Training,
leading to Australian Qualifications
Framework (AQF) qualification or a
Statement of Attainment.
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