SIT30816 - Certificate III in Commercial Cookery

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.


On-campus, RPL/RCC/Credit


There are multiple durations. Please refer to Course Structure below.


Mackay City, Rockhampton City


25 units


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.

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.

Resources will be required upon commencement of training. Find out more.

This is a nationally recognised accredited course.

On Campus


12 months full-time

Module 1 - Hygiene and Safe Food Handling Practices
SITXFSA002Participate in safe food handling practices
SITXFSA001Use hygienic practices for food safety
Module 2 - Work Safely in the Kitchen
SITXWHS001Participate in safe work practices
SITHKOP001Clean kitchen premises and equipment
Module 3 - Work Effectively and use Cookery Skills Effectively
BSBWOR203Work effectively with others
Module 4 - Use Equipment to Prepare and Cook Food
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
SITXINV002Maintain the quality of perishable items
BSBSUS201Participate in Environmentally Sustainable Work Practices
Module 6 - Prepare and Present Appetisers, Salads and Sandwiches
SITHCCC003Prepare and present sandwiches
SITHCCC006Prepare appetisers and salads
Module 7 - Prepare and Present Fruit, Vegetable, Pasta Dishes and Cheese
SITHCCC017Handle and serve cheese
SITHCCC008Prepare vegetable, fruit, eggs and farinaceous dishes
Module 8 - Prepare and Present Poultry, Seafood and Meat Dishes
SITHCCC014Prepare meat dishes
SITHCCC012Prepare poultry dishes
SITHCCC013Prepare Seafood Dishes
Module 9 - Package Prepared Foodstuffs
SITHPAT006Produce desserts
SITHCCC004Package prepared foodstuffs
Module 10 - Coaching and Developing Skills as a Cook
SITXHRM001Coach others in job skills
SITHCCC020Work effectively as a cook
Module 11 - Produce Cakes, Pastries and Breads
SITHCCC019Produce cakes, pastries and breads
Module 12 - Menu Planning and Costing
SITHKOP002Plan and cost basic menus
Module 13 - Dietary and Specialised Food Items
SITHCCC018Prepare food to meet special dietary requirements
Module 14 - First Aid
HLTAID011Provide First Aid

On Campus

2023 FebruaryOn-campus, Mackay City, Rockhampton City
2023 MarchOn-campus, Mackay City, Rockhampton City
2023 AprilOn-campus, Mackay City, Rockhampton City
2023 MayOn-campus, Mackay City, Rockhampton City
Where student is not employed, vocational placement will need to be organised to meet the requirements of SITHCCC002 Work effectively as a cook.
This course has no residential schools.

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.

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.
Professional recognition is not applicable to this course.
Fee for service$14,025.00 (2023)
Fee for service per unit$561.00 (2023)

Queensland Government subsidies are available for eligible applicants to greatly reduce the cost of apprentice and trainee training.

User Choice funding provides a contribution that reduces the cost of training. Eligible apprentices and trainees will be charged $1.60 per nominal hour. Concession rates apply for students who hold a current Health Care Card or who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

Free apprenticeships for under 25s will cover the cost of training for employers who commence an eligible new apprentice or trainee, or already have an existing apprentice or trainee aged under 25. Find out more.

For further information please refer to the VET student fees price lists, eligibility criteria applies for subsidised funding. If you are unsure, please call us on 13 27 86.

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