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Food Processing

Certificate I Of

Work Education Code: FBP10117

Overview

Campus

Preston

Duration

1 year full time / available part time

Duration

1 year full time / available part time

Next Intake

February

Next Intake

February

Develop your food production and work skills

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a unique opportunity to specialise in food processing with the Certificate I in Food Processing, an option as part of their Certificate I in Work Education (Hospitality Stream). If you are a young person with an intellectual disability, Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate I in Work Education (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 jobsearching. 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 helps you complete the Vocation Elective of the Certificate I in Work Education (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 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

Pathways

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

Akolda Bil

"It means future to me now. All I was doing before this was working in small jobs, or jobs that aren't going to get me far in life, so studying is a huge deal to me. It got me where I am now.... And it actually, studying gave me a path to go somewhere in my life."

Course Details

How you learn

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
    • Class Schedule

      Course duration flexible to meet your study needs
      Mon - AM and PM
      Tue - AM and PM
      Thur - AM

      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

      Units of Study

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

      Units of Study
      Code Subject Elective Hours
      FBPOPR1002 OPERATE AUTOMATED WASHING EQUIPMENT Core 20
      FBPOPR1009 FOLLOW WORK PROCEDURES TO MAINTAIN QUALITY Core 20
      FBPOPR1005 OPERATE BASIC EQUIPMENT Core 30
      FBPOPR1006 MONITOR PROCESS OPERATION Core 30
      MSMENV272 PARTICIPATE IN ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE WORK PRACTICES Core 30
      FBPOPR1007 PARTICIPATE EFFECTIVELY IN A WORKPLACE ENVIRONMENT Core 30
      FBPFSY1001 Follow Work Procedures to Maintain Food Safety Core 20
      FBPWHS1001 IDENTIFY SAFE WORK PRACTICES Core 30
      FBPOPR1003 COMMUNICATE WORKPLACE INFORMATION Core 20

Fees & Costs

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.

To find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy we recommend you contact us help you find out.

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 2019. 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.

Tuition Fees
$1050.00 - $1750.00
Estimated based on eligibility
Course Fees are only estimated. Find out what subsidies apply to you by contacting us.

Materials and Amenities cost

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

Attend an Info Session 

Now’s the time to register for our information and enrolment sessions. We give you an in-depth look at your chosen area of study and a tour of our department facilities.

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)

Next Steps

We're really excited for you to join the Melbourne Polytechnic community and we look forward to supporting you on your education journey.

The first step to enrolling is completing the application short form. You'll then receive a link to complete a few more personal details.

It is a mandatory government requirement for all prospective students to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment. Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend of our Skills and Job Centres, or come to campus to complete your enrolment in person.

For certificate-level courses, you can pay by weekly or fortnightly direct debit using our Tuition Payment Plan. Read more about TPPs here.

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 03 9269 8400 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.