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Certificate III in Commercial Cookery Apprenticeship

VTAC Code: SIT30821 CRICOS: 109771G VTAC Number: Preston 6900669474, Prahran 6900869474

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3 years part time

Next Intake

February, July

This is the apprenticeship version of the course. Learn more about the non-apprenticeship Certificate III in Commercial Cookery SIT30821 here.

In good taste

Are you interested in adding some flavour to your career? Food is life and skilled cooks can work anywhere from the local pub to international Michelin-starred restaurants. Our Certificate III in Commercial Cookery SIT30821 (Apprenticeship) is the first step in a skilled career that can take you around the world.

Cook like a masterchef

Every day will be different in Melbourne Polytechnic’s commercial training kitchens. You’ll learn the foundation skills and latest trends used in kitchens around the country. Our kitchens are state-of-the-art and have been used for television shows, including Masterchef and The Great Australian Bake Off. Graduates are skilled in all areas of cookery, including knife skills, food preparation, desserts, sustainable work practices, kitchen teamwork and cost-effective menu planning. On completion of the Certificate III in Commercial Cookery SIT30821, you will receive first aid and food hygiene certification to support your qualification wherever you take it.

A delicious career

Imagine waking up on a tropical beach everyday or inhaling the rush of New York, Paris or London. As a chef, you can travel the world while working in a pub, restaurant, cafe or resort. Whether you’re starting out or changing careers, Melbourne Polytechnic cookery students leave our kitchens jobready and sought after.

Career Pathways

Where will the Certificate III in Commercial Cookery - Apprenticeship SIT30821 take me?

If you complete this course successfully, you might work as a qualified chef in a variety of establishments.

  • Reception Centre Chef
  • Bistro Chef
  • Boarding School Chef
  • Restaurant Chef
  • Hospital Chef
  • Motel Chef
  • Nursing Home Chef
  • Hotel Chef
  • Cruise Liner Chef
  • Catering Company Chef

Study Pathways

Once you’ve successfully completed the Certificate III in Commercial Cookery SIT30821 (Apprenticeship), you can move into:

Further study could lead you to our Bachelor of Hospitality Management HETHTHM

I had great support from my teachers, I'm excited to continue my studies right through to the Bachelor of Hospitality Management
Kush Samarkoon
Commercial Cookery
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Course Details

Delivery methods

  • Workplace

How you will study

Each course has a dedicated learning method that is designed to let you thrive in your studies.


Interactive learning in a face-to-face environment. Classes will be held at a Melbourne Polytechnic campus or partner institute. Visit the How You'll Study page for more information.

Assessment Methods

We use various forms of assessment, including practical assessment, assignments, class work and direct 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
BSBSUS211 Participate in sustainable work practices Elective 20
HLTAID011 Provide First Aid Elective 18
SITHCCC023 Use food preparation equipment Core 25
SITHCCC025 Prepare and present sandwiches Elective 10
SITHCCC027 Prepare dishes using basic methods of cookery Core 45
SITHCCC028 Prepare appetisers and salads Core 25
SITHCCC029 Prepare stocks, sauces and soups Core 35
SITHCCC030 Prepare vegetable, fruit, eggs and farinaceous dishes Core 50
SITHCCC031 Prepare vegetarian and vegan dishes Core 40
SITHCCC032 Produce cook-chill and cook-freeze foods Elective 70
SITHCCC035 Prepare poultry dishes Core 35
SITHCCC036 Prepare meat dishes Core 55
SITHCCC037 Prepare seafood dishes Core 35
SITHCCC041 Produce cakes, pastries and breads Core 55
SITHCCC042 Prepare food to meet special dietary requirements Core 75
SITHCCC043 Work effectively as a cook Core 100
SITHKOP009 Clean kitchen premises and equipment Core 13
SITHKOP010 Plan and cost recipes Core 40
SITHPAT016 Produce desserts Core 100
SITXFSA005 Use hygienic practices for food safety Core 15
SITXFSA006 Participate in safe food handling practices Core 40
SITXFSA007 Transport and store food Elective 15
SITXHRM007 Coach others in job skills Core 20
SITXINV006 Receive, store and maintain stock Core 20
SITXWHS005 Participate in safe work practices Core 12

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $1100 $5500 $14000
Maximum annual amenities $175 $250 $250
Total payable $1275 $5750 $14250
Per year $0
Per semester $0
Materials fee $405

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 1st of November. 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.


Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.

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.

Approximate costs of required uniform and equipment to be purchased at orientation.

Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.

All required workbooks and texts are provided as part of tuition fees.

Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department

Approximate costs:

  • Chef's uniform: $185
  • Cooking equipment kit (knives etc): $205
  • Footware: $60 - $95

All required workbooks and texts are provided as part of tuition fees.


There are no formal educational pre-requisites for this course Academic: Australian Year 11 equivalency
English: Academic IELTS 5.5 with no individual band below 5.0, Pearson PTE Academic 42 overall with no individual communicative skill below 36, or Melbourne Polytechnic recognised equivalency.
Other:Full-time only
Preston only

Next Steps

Apprenticeships are coordinated via the Trade and Traineeship Support Unit (TSU) where you will provide details of your employer, who will register you with an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider.

The AASN will register your training contract with EPSILON and you will be allocated an EPSILON number. Melbourne Polytechnic will then be able to enrol you into your training program.

If you have any questions about the application procedures for an apprenticeship, please contact the TSU.

Recognising Organisations

Nationally Recognised Training

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

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