Certificate I in Food Processing

Work Education


Learn the skills you need to gain employment in food production or a kitchen with Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate I in Food Processing.

Learn and grow

Our courses are individually designed to suit your requirements. You will gain experience working in our commercial-standard kitchens and develop skills in food preparation, food presentation and kitchen maintenance. You’ll also have the chance to improve your literacy, numeracy and employability in a flexible, non-competitive setting.

Develop your Food Production and work skills

Note: This course is offered as an option if you are undertaking the Certificate I in Work Education, Hospitality stream/Vocation elective. Course is not offered as a stand-alone course. For clarification, please contact the Work Education department.

Through classroom and on-the-job course delivery, you’ll study the following units:

  • basic food preparation and presentation
  • managing kitchen supplies
  • cleaning
  • workplace communication
  • workplace health and safety
  • hygiene
  • teamwork

To maximise your success, you’ll also complete study units from foundation study areas, including:

  • language, literacy and numeracy
  • career development

The benefits continue at the end of the program with exit planning – documenting your strengths and vocational pathways and preparing an action plan for you to follow once the course is complete. We’ll assist you through our alumni program and with active job searching.

Our flexible and inclusive approach is reflected in small class sizes of no more than 10 students and our qualified careers advisor and educators will assist you to build resilience in a continually changing world.

Industry connections and resources

The course is developed and conducted in consultation with industry in order to maintain alignment with current work practices.

Employment outcomes

You may gain full-time, part-time or casual work in a range of hospitality areas, including:

  • kitchen hand
  • food production

Work placement

You will be required to:

  • plan and organise a practical placement in consultation with a support person
  • participate in the placement according to the requirements negotiated with the workplace
    • Evaluate the experience in consultation with a support person to identify strengths, weaknesses and future learning requirements to support employment.

Local Students






Work Education
03 9269 8400


Full-time: 1 year
(flexible to meet your study needs)

Part-time: available
course duration 1-X years (flexible to meet your study needs)

Class Schedule: *

Mon - AM and PM
Tue - AM and PM
Wed - AM and PM

*Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Course Advisor

Modes of Delivery

Flexible, Classroom



Enquire now to find out if you are eligible for government funding and other forms of help paying for fees. The student tuition fees as published are correct at time of publication and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. All enrolments excluding RPL/RCC and Higher Education incur an annual Amenities fee with a maximum cap of $250

Find out more on fees and charges

Assessment Methods

You may be assessed using an integrated approach, with learning outcomes grouped together and assessment of the module achieved through an activity that takes into account of all achievements. Assessment will respect your individual learning style and may include discussion, demonstration, oral questioning, short answer, practical exercise, role play, recorded report and observation


classes are conducted in our commercial-standard kitchens, using industrial equipment You will need to supply:
  • black t-shirt
  • long black cotton pants
  • black closed non-slip shoes
  • PVC black bib apron
  • flat-top black hat

Entrance Requirements

To apply, you will need to:
  • complete an application form
  • arrange an interview
  • be 16 years old, or over
  • have potential for employment
  • be motivated to work in a Melbourne Polytechnic-based program
  • have the support of family/advocate
All applicants must have a disability - e.g. Intellectual Disability, Autism, Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)

Pathways to further study

Plan further study in consultation with us, we'll help you every step of the way

Career Pathways

The Certificate I in Food Processing helps you complete the Vocation Elective of the Certificate I in Work Education (Hospitality) and can open a number of entry level placements in Hospitality, Retail and Commercial Cookery

Enrolment Intake

  • February

Units Of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact the department for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subjects Hours
FBPFSY1001 Follow work procedures to maintain food safety 20
FBPOPR1002 Operate automated washing equipment 20
FBPOPR1003 Communicate workplace information 20
FBPOPR1005 Operate basic equipment 30
FBPOPR1006 Monitor process operation 30
FBPOPR1007 Participate effectively in a workplace environment 30
FBPOPR1009 Follow work procedures to maintain quality 20
FBPWHS1001 Identify safe work practices 30
MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices 30

Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.