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Certificate III in Commercial Cookery Non-apprenticeship

Free TAFE Code: SIT30821 CRICOS: 109771G



12 months full time / 18 months part time


1 year

Next Intake

February, July

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

Carve Out Your Career

Itching to get cooking? A Certificate III in Commercial Cookery SIT30821 (non-apprenticeship) is your first step into the kitchen. Mentored by experienced chefs, you’ll learn everything from basic knife skills to developing cost-effective menus, equipping you with practical skills for a thriving career in commercial cookery.

Season Your Skills with a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery SIT30821

You’ll be supported by a team of accomplished chefs ready to inspire and share industry knowledge with you. You will have the opportunity to train in our state-of-the-art kitchen facilities and perfect your delectable meals on many of the same benchtops used regularly by television shows such as Masterchef and The Great Australian Bake Off.

Rise to the Challenge

The sustainable work practices and food preparation skills you’ll learn will successfully launch you into a thriving industry where your wealth of knowledge and practical experience will be in high demand. You will graduate ready and able to apply your newfound skills in kitchens large and small around the country, be they in restaurants, cafes, hotels or resorts.

Career Pathways

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

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

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

Study Pathways

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

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

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, classwork 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
Free TAFE Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $0 $1100 $5500 $14000
Maximum annual amenities $250 $175 $250 $250
Total payable $250 $1275 $5750 $14250
Per year $17400
Per semester $8700
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 State Government’s Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative covers the cost of tuition (excluding Amenities Fees and Materials Fees) for students who are eligible for government subsidised training and enrol into one of the Priority listed course.

Free TAFE is available to eligible students for one course enrolment in a lifetime.

Free TAFE places are limited. Please call 1300 635 276 and we can advise you whether Free TAFE places are still available.

Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative covers the cost of tuition fees for students who are eligible. Materials and amenities may still apply.

The Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative will pay your tuition fees for only one course. Once you have commenced in a tuition-free priority course, you are not eligible for further tuition-free places again, even if you do not finish your first tuition-free priority course.

Check your eligibility

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.

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
  • Footwear: $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

The first step to enrolling is completing the application short form from the Apply Now page.

After you complete that form we will send you an email with a link to an application form webpage. If you don’t receive the email, check your spam and junk folders.

Complete the application form on the application form webpage.

You will be required to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment.

Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend an enrolment appointment over the phone or on campus.

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

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 1300 635 276 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.

Recognising Organisations

Nationally Recognised Training

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

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