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Certificate IV in Kitchen Management

Free TAFE Code: SIT40521 CRICOS: 109634E



12 months full time


6-18 months

Next Intake

February, July

Next Intake


Take control of the kitchen with a Certificate IV in Kitchen Management SIT40521

Are you an aspiring head chef or restaurateur? Our Certificate IV in Kitchen Management SIT40521 provides the ingredients that you need to serve up a truly appetising career. Created by industry for industry, with a focus on increasing the knowledge and techniques required for supervisory roles, you’ll graduate with the skills to run any restaurant and lead any kitchen.

A feast of knowledge

Our staff have years of industry experience, and will provide you with the unique insights of a head chef. You will learn how to take control of a restaurant kitchen, assume responsibility for the production of your menu, delegate tasks to kitchen sections and gain the knowledge and experience of how best to manage your own kitchen. You will develop your own signature dishes and serve them to customers in St Georges, our award-winning restaurant, giving you real industry experience even while you study.

The recipe for success

Training in technical cookery skills and kitchen management will prepare you for any culinary challenge - whether that’s managing the financial side of a restaurant or mastering the latest trends on our plates. This combination is a recipe for success in running kitchens around Australia and around the world.

Career Pathways

Where will the Certificate IV in Kitchen Management SIT40521 take me?

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

Study Pathways

Once you’ve successfully completed the Certificate IV in Kitchen Management SIT40521 you can move into a:

  • Diploma of Hospitality Management
Further study could lead you to our Bachelor of Hospitality Management

Image of hospitality student holding a fillet of fish
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

Course Details

Class Schedule

All Hospitality training is conducted between Monday to Saturday from 8.30am to 9.30pm. The nature of the industry requires students to participate in service periods that are reflective of the job outcomes and will include lunch and dinner service periods within our student-led cafes and restaurants.

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
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
SITHCCC044 Prepare specialised food items Elective 60
SITHKOP009 Clean kitchen premises and equipment Elective 13
SITHKOP010 Plan and cost recipes Core 40
SITHKOP012 Develop recipes for special dietary requirements Core 25
SITHKOP013 Plan cooking operations Core 100
SITHKOP015 Design and cost menus Core 30
SITHPAT016 Produce desserts Core 100
SITXCOM010 Manage conflict Core 20
SITXFIN009 Manage finances within a budget Core 30
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
SITXFSA008 Develop and implement a food safety program Core 50
SITXHRM007 Coach others in job skills Elective 20
SITXHRM008 Roster staff Core 30
SITXHRM009 Lead and manage people Core 60
SITXINV006 Receive, store and maintain stock Core 20
SITXMGT004 Monitor work operations Core 20
SITXWHS007 Implement and monitor work health and safety practices Core 30

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Free TAFE Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $0 $1380 $6900 $18300
Maximum annual amenities $250 $175 $250 $250
Total payable $250 $1555 $7150 $18550
Per year $0
Per semester $8700
Materials fee $250

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:

  • Chefs 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 entrance requirements 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.

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.

When we receive your application, the International Office will be in contact with you shortly to discuss your application and provide you additional instructions.

If you'd like to speak to one of our International Office staff directly, call 1300 635 276

Recognising Organisations

Nationally Recognised Training

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

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