SIT20421 Certificate II in Cookery

VU course code: SIT20421 | Level of study: TAFE
2 years part time
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Begin training for a career as a cook or a chef while you complete your secondary school studies with the Certificate II in Cookery SIT20421.

Delivered exclusively through our Vocational Education & Training Delivered to Secondary Students (VDSS) program, this introductory cooking course equips you with basic knowledge and skills to work in an assisting roles in the kitchen, or progress to a cookery course.

You'll learn how to:

  • safely use commercial kitchen equipment
  • work effectively and professionally as a kitchen team member
  • prepare, plate and present dishes under supervision
  • keep areas clean and work hygienically to prevent food-borne illness
  • respond to customers' special requests.

Within the cooking course, you will be able to choose subject (unit) where you learn to make cakes and other baked goods, or focus on salads and main courses.

Please note: this qualification is not open for general enrolments. Secondary schools looking to partner with Victoria University should contact the Vocational Education and Training Delivered to Secondary Students (VDSS) team.

NRT logoThis course is nationally recognised training.

Entry requirements

When assessing your application, we consider your education, work experience, current skills and personal attributes (where relevant).

Applicants for this course will need to meet the entry criteria outlined below. If you don’t meet the entry criteria, you may be able to gain entry by first completing a different course. We call this a ‘pathway’.

You may also be eligible for ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’, which lets you finish your course more quickly when you have gained some of the skills required from past study or work experience.

Entry criteria

Credit & Entry pathways into this course

Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Course Structure

To be awarded the SIT20421 Certificate II in Cookery, a total of thirteen (13) units of competency must be achieved, comprising of:

* seven (7) core units, and; * six (6) elective units, of which:

  • four (4) units must be from Group A, Group B or Group C; and
  • two (2) units from Group A, Group B, Group C or Group D.

VCE VM and VET Delivered to Secondary Schools (VDSS)

This an approved VCAA program sequenced over 2 years comprising of:

Year 1: Units 1 & 2

Year 2: Units 3 & 4

Fees & Scholarships

TAFE fees vary, depending on how much the government contributes towards course costs (if anything).

Read below to find out about the fee ‘type’, the estimated yearly tuition costs for this course, and the financial support on offer.



You'll finish the Certificate II in Cookery ready to apply for kitchen and food preparation jobs that don't need fully qualified cooks.

You could find work in cafes, kiosks, canteens and cafeterias, in roles such as:

  • breakfast cook
  • catering assistant
  • fastfood cook
  • sandwich hand
  • takeaway cook.

You will also be prepared for the next level of study at Victoria University to become a professional chef or cook.