SIT30816 - Certificate III in Commercial Cookery

DurationThere are multiple durations. Please refer to Course Structure below.
Mackay City and
Study modeOn Campus, RPL/RCC/Credit
Total units25
A student practically learning off tutor in the kitchen.


Do you have a creative flare in the kitchen and love to cook up a storm? If this sounds like you, apply for the Certificate III in Commercial Cookery course at CQUniversity.

This qualification reflects the role of commercial cooks who use a wide range of cookery skills. They use discretion and judgement and have a sound knowledge of kitchen operations. Students work with some independence and under limited supervision and may provide operational advice and support to team members. For those students undertaking the Certificate III in Commercial Cookery who also wish to qualify for the Trade Certification the process of qualifying with trade equivalence may take up to 3 years, however students who are employed throughout this time in the industry may be able to fast track.

This is a nationally recognised accredited course.

Between our reputation for learning, teaching and research, our renowned online education offering, and our status as Australia’s largest regional university, rest assured you will get a world-class education when you choose CQUniversity.

In just 25 years, CQUniversity has achieved some amazing feats and emerged as one of Australia’s truly great universities. We have been ranked among the best in the world for our teaching and learning, and are internationally recognised for our focus on Social Innovation. Our graduates are some of the most sought-after in Australia, due to our reputation for work integrated learning and industry-aligned courses, and experience some of the nation’s best graduate outcomes in terms of full-time employment and starting salary. CQUni is also regarded as the nation’s most inclusive and engaged university, with our award-winning academic and research staff making a real impact on the communities and industries we serve.

A pioneer in online study, CQUniversity has more than two decades of experience providing high quality online learning experiences across the country and even internationally. We work hard to deliver the latest techniques in online study, and have even planned our physical sites to provide more services to our widespread online study cohort.

CQUniversity is truly focused on our students’ needs, and that means responding to what, how and where they want to study. It is why we are now Australia’s largest regional university, with more than 20 metropolitan and regional locations across five states, delivering TAFE and university qualifications in on-campus, online and supported online modes to more than 30 000 students.

CQUniversity’s strong focus on student experience ensures that you are prepared and supported on your student journey. Support services include on-campus or online orientation to assist your transition into university life, course and career advice, financial support options, study support, ongoing assistance through the Student Mentor program, counselling services, support for students with disability or medical conditions, Indigenous student support and more.

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of the program this Commercial Cookery qualification provides you with employment and career opportunities to work as a commercial cook in organisations such as restaurants, hotels, clubs, pubs, cafes, cafeterias event catering organisations, airlines, hospitals, student accommodation areas, industry cafeterias and corporate organisations.

Structure & Availability



52 weeks

Module 1 - Hygiene and Safe Food Handling Practices

Unit CodeUnit Name
SITXFSA002Participate in safe food handling practices
SITXFSA001Use hygienic practices for food safety

Module 2 - Work Safely in the Kitchen

Unit CodeUnit Name
SITXWHS001Participate in safe work practices
SITHKOP001Clean kitchen premises and equipment

Module 3 - Work Effectively and use Cookery Skills Effectively

Unit CodeUnit Name
BSBWOR203Work effectively with others

Module 4 - Use Equipment to Prepare and Cook Food

Unit CodeUnit Name
SITHCCC001Use food preparation equipment
SITHCCC005Prepare dishes using basic methods of cookery
SITHCCC007Prepare stocks, sauces and soups

Module 5 - Participate and Maintain the Quality of Perishable Food and Practice Sustainability

Unit CodeUnit Name
SITXINV002Maintain the quality of perishable items
BSBSUS201Participate in Environmentally Sustainable Work Practices

Module 6 - Prepare and Present Appetisers, Salads and Sandwiches

Unit CodeUnit Name
SITHCCC003Prepare and present sandwiches
SITHCCC006Prepare appetisers and salads

Module 7 - Prepare and Present Fruit, Vegetable, Pasta Dishes and Cheese

Unit CodeUnit Name
SITHCCC017Handle and serve cheese
SITHCCC008Prepare vegetable, fruit, eggs and farinaceous dishes

Module 8 - Prepare and Present Poultry, Seafood and Meat Dishes

Unit CodeUnit Name
SITHCCC012Prepare poultry dishes
SITHCCC014Prepare meat dishes
SITHCCC013Prepare Seafood Dishes

Module 9 - Package Prepared Foodstuffs

Unit CodeUnit Name
SITHPAT006Produce desserts
SITHCCC004Package prepared foodstuffs

Module 10 - Coaching and Developing Skills as a Cook

Unit CodeUnit Name
SITXHRM001Coach others in job skills
SITHCCC020Work effectively as a cook

Module 11 - Produce Cakes, Pastries and Breads

Unit CodeUnit Name
SITHCCC019Produce cakes, pastries and breads

Module 12 - Menu Planning and Costing

Unit CodeUnit Name
SITHKOP002Plan and cost basic menus

Module 13 - Dietary and Specialised Food Items

Unit CodeUnit Name
SITHCCC018Prepare food to meet special dietary requirements

Module 14 - First Aid

Unit CodeUnit Name
HLTAID011Provide First Aid


February, 2023Mackay City, On-campus, Rockhampton City
July, 2023Mackay City, On-campus, Rockhampton City

This course has no residential schools.

Where student is not employed, vocational placement will need to be organised to meet the requirements of SITHCCC002 Work effectively as a cook.


English Language Requirements

If you are not a citizen of Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America, you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University. 

You can meet the University’s English Language proficiency requirements by one of the following: 

• An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) – Overall band score of at least 5.5 overall with a minimum 5.0 in each subset; or 

• Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL internet based) – Overall score of 65 with no score less than 15; or 

• Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) – Overall score of 46 with no sub-score less than 46; 

• Successful completion of a secondary level qualification (Year 11 or 12, or equivalent) completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland or the United States of America within the last 2 years. 

Academic Entry Requirements 

Requirements to enter for each course level are as per the following. 

Certificates II and III: Successful completion of Australian Year 10, or equivalent. 

Certificate IV: Successful completion of Australian Year 11, or equivalent. 

VET Diplomas: Successful completion of Australian Year 12 (or equivalent), 


Successful completion of Australian Certificate IV, or equivalent.

For more information on entry requirements visit our Entry Requirements page.

Completion of the bksb (Basic Key Skills Builder) online literacy and numeracy assessment prior to enrolment, unless the student has completed an equal or higher level course.

There are no other entry requirements for this course.

Fees & Scholarships

2023 Indicative Fees

Fee TypeFees
Fee for service (International)A$16,270

Please note the following important information:

  • Fees are in Australian dollars (A$).
  • Fees are indicative only and do not cover additional costs such as textbooks, accommodation, visa applications, OSHC, general living etc.
  • Fees are based on a full-time study load and the final fee payable will be determined by your selection of units and if any credit was awarded for recognition of prior learning.
  • The University reserves the right to amend fees at any time during the course. Fees are reviewed yearly and may increase in the following year to enable CQUniversity to continue to provide quality services and facilities to students.
  • Courses are subject to change at the discretion of the University.
  • It is your responsibility to make yourself aware of the entry requirements and prerequisites of the courses you wish to undertake.
  • The typical annual fee shown provides an estimate of the tuition fees for the first year of the course in the same academic year. This estimate assumes a full-time study load of 4 units per term (based on two terms).
  • Students not on an Australian student visa can only undertake courses online from an overseas location.
  • Courses undertaken online may be studied on a full-time or part-time mode.
  • International students studying on-campus in Australia may take no more than 33 per cent of their entire course by online education, and this option cannot be taken in its entirety during a compulsory term (Term 1 and Term 2).

Please refer to our international course fees page.

We offer a range of scholarships to support international students and encourage you to apply for one that's right for you.

How to apply

You can apply to study this course by clicking the Apply Now button. Our easy-to-use online application system for international students will guide you through the process of applying for a course at CQUniversity Australia.

Should you require any assistance, email the International enquiries team at