Personalised for LOCAL students.
Local student means; you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident, a New Zealand citizen or a permanent humanitarian visa holder.
Personalised for INTERNATIONAL students.
International student means; you are not an Australian citizen or permanent resident, a New Zealand citizen or a permanent humanitarian visa holder.

Certificate I in Work Education


Code: 22566VIC

Sorry, this course is not available for international students.

If you are a local student you may be eligible.

Switch to local student

To find a course that's available to international students, please visit the search page:

Go to search page





1 year full time / 2 years part time

Next Intake

Ongoing, February

Next Intake


Get your start in the hospitality industry

If you are a person with an intellectual disability, autism or cognitive impairment Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate I in Work Education 22566VIC (Hospitality Stream) will help you find your path to your hospitality career. 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, run 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 teachers will develop an individualised program tailored to meet your interests and goals. You will have the opportunity to study units from our Certificate I in Food Processing FBP10117, including 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 excursions and 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 and future goals. Your teachers will work with you at the end of the program, preparing a pathway 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. The course also includes three workshops for Parents as Career Partners.

Discover your dream career

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 Work Education 22566VIC is one way of getting your foot in the door for your dream career. You can gain employment at entry level in the hospitality industry in areas such as kitchen hand, events assistant and food production.
  • Kitchen Hand
  • Event Assistant
  • Food Production Hand
I'm so happy that I was able to have the opportunity to have [the Work Education teachers] be there for the support that I needed.
Carol-Anne Freeling
Certificate II in Work Education 22481VIC, Outstanding Student of the Year 2020 Award Winner
Portrait of Carol Anne Freeling

Course Details

Delivery methods

You will complete 300 hours of practical placement. You’ll plan and organise this with one of our teachers, then evaluate the experience afterwards. In conjunction with a teacher, you’ll identify your strengths, weaknesses and future learning requirements to support employment.

  • Flexible
  • Classroom

Class Schedule

2 Years:
Year 1 of 2
Tues AM-PM
Thur AM

Year 2 of 2
Days will vary depending on electives chosen, flexible delivery to meet your study needs

Assessment Methods

You may be assessed using an integrated approach. Learning outcomes may be grouped together and assessment of the module achieved through an activity that takes into account of all learning outcomes. Assessment methods will respect your individual learning style and may include discussion, demonstration, oral questioning, short answer, practical exercise, role play, recorded report and observation. Methods may be varied in response to specific learning needs. The integrity of the learning outcome and assessment criteria should be maintained.

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
MSMWHS100 Follow WHS procedures Core 20
TLIG1001 Work effectively with others Elective 40
VU22109 Complete Forms Elective 20
VU22450 Work with and interpret simple directions in familiar situations Elective 30
VU22787 Prepare for employment Core 30
VU22789 Participate in job seeking activities Elective 50
VU23028 Develop an Individual Vocational Plan with Support Core 100
VU23029 Develop Personal Management Skills for work Core 80
VU23030 Participate in vocational activities Core 400
VU23031 Participate in practical placement with support Core 300
VU23032 Develop workplace communication skills Core 30

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.

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $322 $1612 $17600
Materials fee $0 $0 $0
Maximum annual amenities $175 $250 $250
Total payable $497 $1862 $17850
Per year $
Per semester $

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. 

Check your eligibility here.

The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

Check your eligibility here.

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.

You need to supply:

  • paper and pen
  • folder
  • mobile phone (to monitor time)
  • topped-up MYKI card for excursions
  • uniform of black T-shirt, black pants, closed leather shoes, black plastic apron and black hat


Applicants to complete a Work Education program application for interview form, which will be followed by an interview.

To apply you will need:

Applicants for this program will 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.

You are currently looking at information for local students

Local student means; you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident, a New Zealand citizen or a permanent humanitarian visa holder.