Certificate III in
Commercial Cookery

Course Description

Duration = 52 Weeks
(Includes Holidays)
International Students

SIT30821 - Certificate III in Commercial Cookery

(CRICOS Course Code: 112699F)

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 is nationally recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).


Overseas / International students will be:

  • Holding valid Student Visa
  • Fee for service.

Learners with experience in the relevant industry or education can apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer. Please refer to ‘RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING AND CREDIT TRANSFER’ section or contact Yarra College Australia (YCA).


Qualification Package Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

YCA Admission requirements

YCA has the following admission requirements:

  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older
  • An IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent English language testing score) is required for international students entering into this program
  • Students must successfully complete a LLN test to confirm the ability to effectively undertake the course.
  • Satisfactory completion of studies in applicant’s home country equivalent to an Australian Year 10 qualification is required for entry into this course.
  • This program has been designed to be delivered through classroom-based and Kitchen based training delivery. Students must have the ability to attend the scheduled sessions as per the timetable and allocate some self-study time.
  • This program includes a work placement of 200 hours. Students must have the capacity to complete the required work placement hours in a commercial kitchen for completion of 48 Service periods.
  • Students will be required to have an access to a computer (or laptop) with internet connection for self-study purposes.

Note: Candidates should be able to handle and cook dairy products and non-vegetarian food items including pork and beef and may involve alcohol.

Required Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) level

ACSF level 3 is required in reading, writing, learning, numeracy and oral communication.


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

Certificate III Certificate IV Diploma
SIT30821 - Certificate III in Commercial Cookery SIT40521 - Certificate IV in Kitchen Management SIT50422 - Diploma of Hospitality Management
Employment Pathway

This qualification provides a pathway to work as a Apprentice Chef, Chef's Apprentice, Cook, Pastry Cook

Please refer to the following source for Pathway and employment outcomes and Job Pathways Charts illustrating potential career pathways within that industry

Source: https://www.myskills.gov.au/courses/details?Code=SIT30821


The program for international students takes place in a classroom environment with access to a commercial kitchen. Practical learning and assessment take place in a commercial setting via a commercial kitchen. The commercial kitchen / hospitality facilities are equipped with all the required equipment. Each unit is delivered in a combination of face-to-face theory and demonstration sessions and supported by practical group development and individual activities within the commercial kitchen environment.

The participants in each program group will be provided with detailed learning materials to support the activities. These materials will include learning, assessment and other reference material relevant to the unit of competency being delivered.


This course is offered full time over 64 weeks including holidays (8 weeks) on a full-time basis for 20 hours per week for 56 weeks (Including 10 weeks of work-based training). Students need to gain competency in 25 units (20 core units and 5 elective units) to successfully complete this course.


The underlying principle of Nationally Recognised Training is that a learner does not have to repeat training and assessment that has already been undertaken.

YCA has Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer Policies and Procedures in place and can be found at YCA’s website, which outlines in detail a process to be followed for granting recognition and credit transfer. This is supported through the RPL guidelines for this qualification which focus specifically on all units.

Learners are encouraged to apply for RPL prior to or immediately after formal enrolment but prior to the facilitated delivery of units to ensure that they do not miss any training opportunities offered should they be unsuccessful in the RPL process.

Credit Transfer relates to the recognition of learning achieved through formal education and training, and involves assessing a previously completed course or units to see if it provides equivalent learning or competency outcomes to those required within the current course of study. Learners must provide transcripts of results and/or statements of attainment for credit transfer to be assessed.

Where a learner is successful in the RPL or Credit Transfer (CT) application, the units to be undertaken and course duration will be adjusted accordingly.

Where RPL is granted, learners do not have to participate in further training and assessment for skills and knowledge that they already possess.


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Note: Students will be provided with the option of Easy Monthly Instalments. Students are advised to contact the Institute in relation to the updated and recent fees for the course. The course fee is subject to change.

  • Student Kits: Students are required to purchase a Cookery Kit. The kits are available at Pro-Chef Student Uniform: All commercial cookery students are also required to purchase a Pro-Chef Student Uniform Set. The Pro-Chef Student Uniform Set Comprises of:
  • 1 x White Long Sleeve Classic Chef Jacket
  • 1 x Traditional Check Drawstring Pants
  • 1 x White Bib or 1/2 Waist Cotton Drill Apron
  • 1 x White Flat Top Chef's Hat
  • 1 x White Necktie
Terms and Conditions:
  • YCA will strive to maintain highly competitive fair and reasonable fee structures.
  • YCA adjusts its fees and charges from time to time. Changes to fees will be fairly and equitably applied, advertised and clearly indicate the date from which the change will take effect.
  • YCA provides details of course fees in all course information.
  • YCA will ensure these fees are applied and communicated to clients prior to enrolment.
  • In accordance with the Standards for RTOs 2015, YCA adopts the following to protect fees paid in advance:
  • Flexible payment arrangements/ options will accommodate individual circumstances.
  • Fees must be paid in full before certification will be issued.
  • Acceptable payment options can be made via credit card, direct debit, and EFT remittance to accommodate the diverse financial situations of clients.

For International Students, course duration has been calculated on 20 hours per week (64 weeks in total) of Training and Assessment which includes 56 weeks of Face-to-Face classroom and kitchen-based/WBT Training and Assessment and 8 weeks of Term Breaks/holidays. All students are expected to give few hours per unit as Self-Directed Study.

As per package rules, 25 units must be completed. These include 20 core units and 5 elective units.

Core Units

Unit Code Unit Title Pre-Requisite
SITHCCC023 Use food preparation equipment SITXFSA005
SITHCCC027 Prepare dishes using basic methods of cookery SITXFSA005
SITHCCC028 Prepare appetisers and salads SITXFSA005
SITHCCC029 Prepare stocks, sauces and soups SITXFSA005
SITHCCC030 Prepare vegetable, fruit, eggs and farinaceous dishes SITHCCC027+ SITXFSA005
SITHCCC031 Prepare vegetarian and vegan dishes SITHCCC027+ SITXFSA005
SITHCCC035 Prepare poultry dishes SITHCCC027+ SITXFSA005
SITHCCC036 Prepare meat dishes SITHCCC027+ SITXFSA005
SITHCCC037 Prepare seafood dishes SITHCCC027+ SITXFSA005
SITHCCC041 Produce cakes, pastries and breads SITXFSA005
SITHCCC042 Prepare food to meet special dietary requirements SITHCCC027+ SITXFSA005
SITHCCC043 Work effectively as a cook SITHCCC027+ SITXFSA005
SITHKOP009 Clean kitchen premises and equipment SITXFSA005
SITHKOP010 Plan and cost recipes Nil
SITHPAT016 Produce desserts SITXFSA005
SITXFSA005 Use hygienic practices for food safety Nil
SITXFSA006 Participate in safe food handling practices Nil
SITXHRM007 Coach others in job skills Nil
SITXINV006 Receive, store and maintain stock SITXFSA005
SITXWHS005 Participate in safe work practices Nil

Elective Units

Unit Code Unit Title Pre-Requisite
SITHCCC038 Produce and serve food for buffets SITHCCC027+ SITXFSA005
SITHCCC040 Prepare and serve cheese SITXFSA005
SITHCCC044 Prepare specialised food items SITHCCC027+ SITXFSA005
BSBSUS211 Participate in sustainable work practices Nil
SITXINV007 Purchase goods Nil

Please contact YCA for the intake dates at info@yarracollege.vic.edu.au .


Each unit is delivered and assessed as a standalone unit. Assessment comprises written assignments, activities and practical application projects. Students are required to attend training and assessment activities as scheduled.

Assessment is structured throughout the course. If students are unable to achieve competency, additional support is provided through mentoring and access to re-assessment as outlined in our policies and procedures. Assessment requires achievement across all tasks to demonstrate competence and may include:

  • Knowledge Questions
  • Practicals / Demonstration / Observations
  • Projects
  • Case Study

Students are required to complete a minimum of 48 food service periods, at least 4 hour each, in a commercial kitchen under Work-Based Training (WBT) to meet the course requirements.


This program for international students takes place in a classroom environment with access to a commercial kitchen. Practical learning and assessment take place in a commercial setting via a commercial kitchen. The commercial kitchen / hospitality facilities are equipped with all the required equipment in accordance with the training package (https://training.gov.au/training/details/SIT308121 ).

Students will be provided with access to our state-of-the-art Learning management System (Eskilled) equipped with the following resources required to complete the qualification successfully:

  • Units’ Notes
  • Student Workbooks and Resources
  • PowerPoint Slides and Handouts
  • Computers with Office Suite and appropriate software
  • Hospitality / Commercial Kitchen resources

Upon successful completion of this course, students will receive a nationally recognised SIT30821 - Certificate III in Commercial Cookery. Students who do not complete all units may be eligible for a Statement of Attainment for partial completion of the SIT30821 - Certificate III in Commercial Cookery.


The training delivery locations are:

  • Classes: Location 6,190 Queen Street, Melbourne Vic 3000
  • Commercial Kitchen :18 Lens Street, Coburg North Vic 3058


52 Weeks
Core Units
Elective Units
Certificate III

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