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Certificate III in Hospitality

Free TAFE Code: SIT30622

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6 months full time

Next Intake

February, July

Our Certificate III in Hospitality SIT30622 is designed to provide practical skills required to serve food and beverage in restaurants, cafes, bars, convention centres and food retail outlets.

This course develops the operational skills required for the hospitality industry. You will obtain certificates in RSA (Responsible Service of Alcohol) and Food Hygiene (use hygienic practices for food safety) required to gain a range of entry level jobs.

Train with industry-qualified professionals in our modern facilities and begin a successful career in hospitality.

You will learn:

  • How to operate a bar (including cellaring systems)
  • Preparing coffee
  • Food and beverage service (including order taking, service food, cashiering, etc)
  • Creating cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Customer service, teamwork and hygiene

Train with industry-experienced teachers in our specialist hospitality training facility.

Career Pathways

Where will the Certificate III in Hospitality SIT30622 take me?

This qualification provides a pathway to work in organisations such as restaurants, hotels, clubs, pubs, cafés, and coffee shops.
Possible jobs include: barista, food and beverage attendant, bar attendant, waiter, function attendant.

  • Waiter
  • Barista
  • Food and Beverage Attendant
  • Bar Attendant

Study Pathways

You can go onto further study with a Certificate IV in Hospitality SIT40422, then the Diploma of Hospitality Management SIT50422 and the Advanced Diploma of Hospitality Management SIT60322.

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Actually I never thought that I would go back to study but I have and I've enjoyed it the second time. I think I was more passionate this time.
Ashlyne Kumar
Hospitality Graduate

Course Details

Delivery methods

Blended delivery with some face to face in classrooms and St Georges Restaurant and some on-line delivery.

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.

Class Schedule

Classes will be conducted Monday to Friday, 16 to 18 hours per week, usually 3 or 4 days per week, including one evening service in St Georges Restaurant on Preston campus.

Assessment Methods

Various forms of assessment may be used including: practical assessment, role plays, assignments, class work, theory tests.

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
SITHFAB021 Provide responsible service of alcohol Elective 10
SITHFAB023 Operate a bar Elective 35
SITHFAB025 Prepare and serve espresso coffee Elective 30
SITHFAB027 Serve food and beverage Elective 80
SITHFAB030 Prepare and serve cocktails Elective 20
SITHFAB034 Provide table service of food and beverage Elective 110
SITHFAB038 Plan and monitor espresso coffee service Elective 80
SITHIND006 Source and use information on the hospitality industry Core 25
SITHIND008 Work effectively in hospitality service Core 1
SITXCCS014 Provide service to customers Core 25
SITXCOM007 Show social and cultural sensitivity Core 20
SITXFIN007 Process financial transactions Elective 25
SITXFSA005 Use hygienic practices for food safety Elective 15
SITXHRM007 Coach others in job skills 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 $560 $2800 $6750
Maximum annual amenities $250 $175 $250 $250
Total payable $250 $735 $3050 $7000
Per year $0
Per semester $0

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.

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. 

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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 will be required to purchase textbooks, stationery and other materials, including a front-of-house uniform.

Hospitality courses at Melbourne Polytechnic

Undergraduate Certificate in Hospitality Management
Hospitality - Full Time - Preston
Hospitality - Full Time - Preston
Managing hospitality operations takes skill and commitment, the Undergraduate Certificate in Hospitality Management is your springboard into the events and food operations industry.
Certificate IV in Hospitality SIT40422
Hospitality - Full Time, Traineeship - Workplace and Industry, Preston
Hospitality - Full Time, Traineeship - Preston, Workplace and Industry
Develop your hospitality skills while gaining understanding of hospitality supervision. The Certificate IV in Hospitality SIT40422 will help you develop strong practical skills and provide hands-on experience and equip you with the knowledge and skills required to gain an entry-level position within this busy, exciting and fast-growing industry.
Certificate III in Patisserie SIT31021
Hospitality - Full Time - Preston
Hospitality - Full Time - Preston
Become the face behind those delectable cake shop and patisserie creations. Our Certificate III in Patisserie SIT31021 will develop creativity and passion for detail as you take the first step in your career as a pastry chef. If you are an Apprentice Pastry cook, or seeking a qualification, or if you simply want a career change, this course is for you.
Bachelor of Hospitality Management
Hospitality - Full Time, Part Time - Preston
Hospitality - Full Time, Part Time - Preston
Develop management and leadership capabilities alongside practical based industry skills in the Bachelor of Hospitality Management.
Certificate IV in Kitchen Management SIT40521
Hospitality - Full Time - Preston
Free Tafe Hospitality - Full Time - Preston
Are you an aspiring head chef or restaurant owner? Our Certificate IV in Kitchen Management SIT40521 provides the ingredients and techniques you need to cook up a tantalizing career.


There are no formal entrance requirements.

Next Steps

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

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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.

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