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Hospitality, Conference Centre, Restaurant and Cafe

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Hospitality, Conference Centre, Restaurant and Cafe

Melbourne Polytechnic's Hospitality, Conference Centre, Restaurant and Cafe department runs Australia's most extensive range of courses in commercial cookery, bakery hospitality, tourism, travel and events.

Hospitality and Tourism training in partnership with industry.

Our training involves active participation in major events and projects with industry bodies and associations to provide students with industry based learning experiences. The department participates in major events such as the Spring Racing Carnival, Melbourne Food and Wine Show, Oxfam trail-walker, Good Food and Wine and the Melbourne International Flower and Garden show.

Learn in purpose-built training centres

Our world class facilities are purpose-built to offer sophisticated training environments and are equipped with the latest industry technologies including:

  • 6 commercially equipped kitchens ranging from unit to demonstration kitchens
  • a fully functional production kitchen
  • a dedicated Patisserie kitchen
  • a bakery for bread making
  • two food and beverage outlets; Award winning St Georges, an 80 seat dining restaurant at Preston; and Level 3 Bistro, a 40 seat bistro at Collingwood
  • micros point of sale system
  • training bar with cellar operations and coffee training facilities
  • student operated produce shop
  • hotel training room, including full housekeeping training facility
  • the latest hotel reservations software – OPERA
  • galileo – tourism reservation system
  • multimedia labs
  • access to a fully operational winery
  • change-rooms and lockers
  • wifi access on all campuses

Experienced teaching staff to guide you

Our Hospitality, Conference Centre, Restaurant and Cafe department teachers are experienced and current practitioners from all sectors of the hospitality and tourism industries, holding a range of academic and industry qualifications and have well established industry networks.

Additionally, our strong industry partners contribute their knowledge and expertise, enable our involvement in hospitality industry events and provide access to the wider Victorian hospitality industry.

Course Enquiries

For information about our courses:

Contact a Melbourne Polytechnic Education and Careers Advisor (ECA), on 03 9269 8400, or by email

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Certificate II in Hospitality - VETiS
Get a head start on your career in hospitality with our Certificate II in Hospitality - Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Schools (VETiS).

Certificate II in Kitchen Operations - VETiS
Heat up your career in the commercial cooking industry with our Certificate II in Kitchen Operations, offered through the Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Schools (VETiS) program.

Certificate III in Commercial Cookery
Are you interested in carving a career in the thriving hospitality scene? Food is a necessity of life and people with skills in Commercial Cookery can work anywhere from the local pub to top international restaurants and hotels. If you want to gain skills in the culinary industry, our popular Certificate III in Commercial Cookery is the right choice for you.

Certificate III in Hospitality
If you have good interpersonal skills and enjoy working in busy environments then this course is for you. This could be your way to travel and earn funds along the way, or work your way into management positions.

Certificate III in Patisserie
Become the face behind those delectable cake shop and patissierie creations. Our Certificate III in Patisserie will develop creativity and passion for detail as you take the first step in your career as a pastry chef. If you are an Apprentice Pastry cook, or seeking a qualification, or if you simply want a career change, this course is for you.

Certificate III in Retail Baking (Bread)
Prove yourself and become an artisan baker with a Certificate III in Retail Baking (Bread). As a qualified baker, you’ll have the skills to work in top restaurants, patisseries and resorts in an industry that prides itself on excellence, reputation and quality.

Certificate III in Retail Baking (Combined)
Improve and advance your baking skills with the Certificate III in Retail Baking (Combined). If you have a passion for creative work as an artisan baker or pastry chef, you’ll thrive in this fast-paced, dynamic and rewarding industry.

Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery
Are you an aspiring head chef or restaurant owner? Our Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery provides the ingredients and techniques you need to cook up a tantalizing career.

Certificate IV in Hospitality
Develop your hospitality skills while gaining understanding of hospitality supervision. The Certificate IV in Hospitality will help you develop strong practical skills and provide hands-on experience and equip you with the knowledge and skills required to gain an entry-level position within this busy, exciting and fast-growing industry.

Certificate IV in Patisserie
Our Certificate IV in Patisserie is truly the icing on the cake for your career in Patisserie. We’ll guide you through your patisserie training with industry-qualified professionals in modern, world class facilities.

Diploma of Event Management
Do you see yourself coordinating a music festival, organising a dynamic corporate event or starting your own wedding planning business? Our Diploma of Events will see you develop the strong and practical organisational skills essential for a career in the fast-paced and dynamic events management industry.

Diploma of Hospitality Management
Unleash your leadership potential in Hospitality by developing strong practical skills, hands-on experience and excellent leadership capability. Our Diploma of Hospitality Management will equip you with all the skills required to gain a management position within this exciting and fast-growing industry.

Advanced Diploma of Hospitality Management
Unleash your leadership potential in the Hospitality industry by developing strong practical skills. If you would like to become a skilled senior hospitality manager then enrol in our Advanced Diploma of Hospitality Management.

Short Courses
Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA)
Melbourne Polytechnic's Responsible Service of Alcohol module is essential if you wish to work in the hospitality industry. It provides the necessary skills and fulfills legal requirements to sell and serve alcohol and is accredited by Liquor Licensing Victoria.

Food Safety Supervisors
Melbourne Polytechnic's Food Safety Supervisors short course will take you through the role of Food Safety Supervisor in your workplace and assist you in implementing the food safety plan required by your local council

Food Hygiene for Handlers
This module is essential for anyone involved in food handling, incorporating the nationally recognised unit of competency Use Hygiene Practices for Food Safety SITXFSA101. Students must successfully complete this unit prior to commencing the Food Safety Supervisors module as part of the Food Safety Package.

Food Safety Package
Melbourne Polytechnic offers the ideal short course to obtain necessary food safety certificates. Certificates in Food Hygiene and Food Safety Supervisor are essential if you or your staff serve food. These courses are offered sequentially to meet industry requirements and legislation.

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