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Certificate III in Patisserie

VTAC Code: SIT31021 VTAC Number: Preston 6900669454

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12 months full time

Next Intake

February, July

Have your cake and eat it too

Our Certificate III in Patisserie SIT31021 will develop culinary creativity and passion for delicious detail as you take the first step in your career as a pastry chef. You’ll learn skills in producing pastries, chocolate and confectionery, hot and cold desserts, bread and yeast products and gateaux and cakes. A delicious adventure, perfect for those seeking a culinary qualification or looking to change their life for the sweeter.

Get Your Certificate III in Patisserie SIT31021 in Melbourne and learn from the master chefs

Learn in our dedicated pastry kitchens under qualified and experienced teachers with current industry knowledge. Our modern facilities and quality ingredients will ensure that you can master all skills to a high standard. You’ll gain unique industry experience, showcasing your delicious creations at our award-winning restaurant, St Georges.

The sweet taste of success

A career in patisserie can take you anywhere, from dedicated patisseries, small restaurants and cafes to international hotels and resorts. You’ll graduate with the skills to create pastries and desserts limited only by your imagination.

Career Pathways

Where will the Certificate III in Patisserie SIT31021 take me?

If you complete this course successfully, you might work as:

  • Patisserie Chef
  • Pastry Chef
  • Dessert Chef

Study Pathways

Once you’ve successfully completed the Certificate III in Patisserie SIT31021, you can move into:

Course Details

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, self-evaluation 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
HLTAID011 Provide First Aid Elective 18
SITHCCC023 Use food preparation equipment Core 25
SITHCCC027 Prepare dishes using basic methods of cookery Core 45
SITHCCC034 Work effectively in a commercial kitchen Core 60
SITHFAB025 Prepare and serve espresso coffee Elective 30
SITHKOP009 Clean kitchen premises and equipment Core 13
SITHKOP010 Plan and cost recipes Elective 40
SITHPAT011 Produce cakes Core 24
SITHPAT012 Produce specialised cakes Core 60
SITHPAT013 Produce pastries Core 24
SITHPAT014 Produce yeast-based bakery products Core 42
SITHPAT015 Produce petits fours Core 30
SITHPAT016 Produce desserts Core 100
SITHPAT017 Prepare and model marzipan Elective 24
SITXCOM007 Show social and cultural sensitivity Elective 20
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

Attend an Information Session

Our information sessions will give you an in-depth look at your chosen area of study and answer your questions about your course.

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $760 $3800 $11550
Maximum annual amenities $175 $250 $250
Total payable $935 $4050 $11800
Per year $17400
Per semester $8700

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.

Students will also be required to purchase a chef's uniform and knife kit.
Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department


There are no educational prerequisites 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 – at Melbourne Polytechnic’s Preston campus.

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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