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Certificate I in Food Processing

Work Education

Code: FBP10117

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12 months full time / available part time

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Develop your food production and work skills

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a unique opportunity to specialise in food processing with the enrolment in Certificate I in Food Processing FBP10117, an option as part of their Certificate I in Work Education 22566VIC (Hospitality Stream). If you are a young person with an intellectual disability, Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate I in Work Education 22566VIC (Hospitality Stream) will help you find your path to your dream career in hospitality. Join a booming industry that is predicted to grow by another 12% in the next five years. You’ll learn in the classroom and on the job through work placement opportunities. You’ll work in Melbourne Polytechnic’s commercial kitchen, assist in catering for functions and prepare food for sale in our produce shop. Personal management, teamwork and communication skills will set you up for positive outcomes and a strong future in the hospitality workforce.

State-of-the-art facilities and real-world skills

At Melbourne Polytechnic, our qualified careers advisors and educators will develop a customised program tailored to your skills and goals. You will improve your numeracy, literacy, language and teamwork skills, alongside developing work-ready skills for the food processing sector. You will learn about cleaning and maintaining kitchens and equipment, hygiene and food safety, basic food preparation and presentation and venue set-up. Melbourne Polytechnic’s unique industry partnerships offer hospitality field trips - plus, our own industry-standard kitchens have been used by Masterchef and the Great Australian Bake Off. You’ll have the opportunity to gain real-life experience before you graduate, with 300 hours of practical placement, followed by an evaluation to determine your strengths, weaknesses and future goals. Your teachers will work with you at the end of the program, preparing an action plan to follow once the course is complete and assisting with active job searching. Best of all, class sizes are limited to ten students, so you’ll receive individual attention.

Build a career in the food industry

The Certificate I in Food Processing FBP10117 helps you complete the Vocation Elective of the Certificate I in Work Education 22566VIC (Hospitality). This course is the first step towards a career in the wide world of hospitality. You may gain employment at entry level in the hospitality industry as a kitchen hand, an events assistant and or a food production assistant. You might also be able to continue to study for higher qualifications to achieve your hospitality dream - whether you want to be a butcher, a baker or a breadmaker.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

The FBP10117 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.
  • Event Assistant
  • Food Production Hand
  • Kitchen Hand
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Course Details

Delivery methods

You will be working in a live kitchen environment in the Melbourne Polytechnic conference centre

  • Flexible
  • Classroom

Class Schedule

Available one day per week for one year.

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, oral questioning, short answer, practical exercise, and observation.

Units of Study

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

Code Subject Elective Hours
FBPFSY1001 Follow Work Procedures to Maintain Food Safety Elective 20

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Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $230 $1150 $1925
Materials fee $0 $0 $0
Maximum annual amenities $175 $250 $250
Total payable $405 $1400 $2175
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The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Contact us to find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.

Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 1 November 2021. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.

Fees explained

The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment. 

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The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

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Concession fees are charged at 20 per cent of the standard fees for enrolments in Certificate I to IV courses. To be eligible students must meet Skills First eligibility criteria and present a valid:

  • Commonwealth Health Care card, or
  • Pensioner Concession card, or
  • Any dependent spouse or dependent child of one of the above cardholders, or
  • Veterans Gold card.

The following groups are eligible for concession fees from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma level:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • Asylum Seekers and victims of human trafficking

Additional expenses

The Student Services and Amenities Fee is charged at forty cents (40 cents) per student contact hour and is capped over a twelve (12) month period, effective from the enrolment date, to:

  • $250 for full fee-paying students; and
  • $175 for concession-paying students studying Certificate I, II, III, or IV.

Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.

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


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)

Next Steps

Work Education students are required to complete and return an application form and attend an informal interview to find the best suited class and discuss any additional requirements that may be needed to support studies. All future students who have submitted an application will be contacted via email to schedule the interview between August and December.

Students will need to also organise a Unique Student Identifier (USI) if they don't have one. This can be done online. Please bring this along to the interview session with any other documents and identification required which will be outlined to you in the email.

Recognising Organisations

Nationally Recognised Training

Nationally Recognised Training This course is government accredited and has national recognition.

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