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SIT30816 - Certificate III in Commercial Cookery


At a glance

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. They 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.

Study Mode On-campus
Units/Credits 25 units
Availability Mackay, City; Rockhampton, City On-campus
Duration12 months full-time
Intake Dates There are three course intakes for 2018, available February, June and September.
Full course cost$10625.00

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.

Student Outcomes, Career Opportunities and Occupations

1. Students will receive a Result of Assessment within 21 days of completion of each unit/module or within 21 days of the ‘close of study’ date. 2. Students who successfully complete all required units/modules will receive their qualification and an Academic Statement itemising all units/modules successfully completed. 3. Following receipt of written advice from the student (or teacher) that the student does not intend to complete the full course, the student will be issued with a Statement of Attainment listing all units/modules successfully completed.

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.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Is what I already know taken into account?

Yes. Your history of study, skills and experience does matter. Consideration is given to your prior life and work experiences as well as formal and informal training. This may be applied using the national standard for Mutual Recognition or through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Documentary evidence will be requested.

Structure and assessment



Core units

  • Use food preparation equipment(SITHCCC001)
  • Use hygienic practices for food safety(SITXFSA001)
  • Participate in Environmentally Sustainable Work Practices(BSBSUS201)
  • Prepare appetisers and salads(SITHCCC006)
  • Maintain the quality of perishable items(SITXINV002)
  • Prepare stocks, sauces and soups(SITHCCC007)
  • Prepare dishes using basic methods of cookery(SITHCCC005)
  • Clean kitchen premises and equipment(SITHKOP001)
  • Work effectively with others(BSBWOR203)
  • Participate in safe work practices(SITXWHS001)
  • Prepare poultry dishes(SITHCCC012)
  • Produce desserts(SITHPAT006)
  • Prepare meat dishes(SITHCCC014)
  • Prepare Seafood Dishes(SITHCCC013)
  • Prepare vegetable, fruit, eggs and farinaceous dishes(SITHCCC008)
  • Produce cakes, pastries and breads(SITHCCC019)
  • Prepare food to meet special dietary requirements(SITHCCC018)
  • Coach others in job skills(SITXHRM001)
  • Participate in safe food handling practices(SITXFSA002)
  • Plan and cost basic menus(SITHKOP002)
  • Work effectively as a cook(SITHCCC020)

Elective units

  • Prepare and present sandwiches(SITHCCC003)
  • Handle and serve cheese(SITHCCC017)
  • Package prepared foodstuffs(SITHCCC004)
  • Prepare specialised food items(SITHCCC021)

Study Sequence

To view more information about these units, as well as the suggested study plan, please visit the handbook.



This course is available to study on-campus at the following locations:

CQUniversity Mackay City

Classes will commence from 5 March 2018, and will be held from Mondays to Fridays each week from 8 am – 5 pm at the Fifth Floor Training Kitchen. 

CQUniversity Rockhampton City

Classes will be held on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week from 8.00am – 5.00pm at the Willby’s Training Kitchen. 


There are three course intakes for 2018, available February, June and September.

Duration and Dates

12 months full-time

Fees and scholarships


Full course cost: $10625.00

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.

The Queensland Government determines the schedule set by CQUniversity. Additional fees may be charged for printed materials, protective clothing and tools etc. A full copy of all regulations associated with VET fees can be accessed from the Queensland Government Legislation website.

All fees must be paid to finalise enrolment or a payment arrangement entered into. You will be liable for all payments, even if you discontinue enrolment, subject to the Refund Policy. Debt recovery action will be taken to recover outstanding fees. Please select from the following:

  • VET Student Loans
    VET Student Loans will commence from 1 January 2017 and is an interest free Australian Government income contingency loan that assists eligible full fee paying students to pay their Tuition Fees.
  • VET Government funded programs
    The cost of these programs is based on a student contribution fee. A concession may be available in some situations. Additional resource/material costs will vary from program to program.
  • VET fee-for-service programs (full fee paying)
    These are competitively priced full-fee paying programs which do not attract concessions.

Price lists


Please refer to the scholarship pages for more information.

How to Apply


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