CRICOS Course Code: 109848B

Duration: 52 weeks (inclusive of holidays)

Intake Dates 2023: 23 January  |  27 February  |  17 April  |  22 May  |  10 July  |  14 August  |  02 October

Campuses: Brisbane | Hobart | Cairns

Study mode: Face to face

Course Description

This qualification reflects the role of cooks who use a wide range of well-developed cookery skills and sound knowledge of kitchen operations to prepare food and menu items. Using discretion and judgement, they work with some independence and under limited supervision using plans, policies and procedures to guide work activities.

Completion of this qualification contributes to recognition as a trade cook.

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

The skills in this qualification must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State or Territory legislation, Australian standards and industry codes of practice.

No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Conversely, it may also apply to those with little or no vocational experience, but who possess some hospitality skills and knowledge that they would like to develop in order to create further educational and employment opportunities.

This course requires 48 occasions of practical work placement in a real workplace for successful completion of the qualification. Frontier Education can assist with work placement opportunities if required.

Entry Requirements

Students entering SIT30821 Certificate III in Commercial Cookery must meet the following academic and English entry requirements:


  • A candidate must be a minimum age of 18 year & above AND
  • Completed the equivalent of Australian Year 11/12 or Certificate II or higher

English requirements

International students applying either off-shore or on-shore will require:


  • A minimum IELTS (General/Academic) test score of 5.0 or equivalent & up to 10 weeks of ELICOS course to be undertaken for every 0.5 level of IELTS requirement, before the commencement of the main VET course

Results older than two (2) years are not acceptable   OR


  • A minimum PTE (Academic) test score of 36 or equivalent & up to 10 weeks of ELICOS course to be undertaken, before the commencement of the main VET course

Results older than two (2) years are not acceptable   OR

Cambridge English:

  • A minimum Cambridge English test score of 154 or equivalent & up to 10 weeks of ELICOS course to be undertaken, before the commencement of the main VET course

Results older than two (2) years are not acceptable   OR

  • To provide evidence that they have studied in English for at least five (5) years in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States   OR
  • To provide evidence that, within two (2) years of their application date, they have successfully completed in Australia, a foundation course or a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education or a substantial part of a Certificate IV or higher level qualification, from the Australian Qualifications Framework   OR
  • Students who are on-shore (in Australia) at the time of application can undertake an internal Frontier Education Language (written & oral), Literacy and Numeracy test before the commencement of the main VET course


Career Opportunities

Possible job roles relevant to this qualification include:

  • Commercial cooks. Trade Cook
Course Structure

Students will need to complete the following 25 units of competencies to attain the qualification.

Core Units
  • SITXFSA005: Use hygienic practices for food safety
  • SITXHRM007: Coach others in job skills
  • SITXINV006: Receive, store and maintain stock
  • SITXWHS005: Participate in safe work practices
  • SITXFSA006: Participate in safe food handling practices
  • SITHCCC023: Use food preparation equipment
  • SITHKOP009: Clean kitchen premises and 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
  • SITHCCC036: Prepare meat dishes
  • SITHKOP010: Plan and cost recipes
  • SITHCCC041: Produce cakes, pastries and breads
  • SITHCCC042: Prepare food to meet special dietary requirements
  • SITHPAT016: Produce desserts
  • SITHCCC043: Work effectively as a cook
  • SITHCCC031: Prepare vegetarian and vegan dishes
Elective Units
  • BSBSUS211: Participate in sustainable work practices
  • SITHCCC025: Prepare and present sandwiches
  • SITXCOM007: Show social and cultural sensitivity
  • SITHCCC038: Produce and serve food for buffets
  • SITHCCC039: Produce pates and terrines

Study Option: On Campus

Course tuition fees: Please contact Frontier Education for the current course tuition fees.

Delivery Locations: Brisbane, Cairns & Hobart


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