Gain hands-on hospitality skills for employment in restaurants, cafes, hotels and bars, with the Certificate III in Hospitality SIT30616 at Victoria University Polytechnic.
A career in the hospitality industry can present you with endless career opportunities locally and abroad. Under the guidance of industry experts, you'll learn skills in the following areas:
- team work
- food and beverage service
- workplace health and safety
- customer service
- responsible service of alcohol and bar operation
- espresso coffee preparation
- food and beverage matching.
This course is offered as both a traineeship or non-traineeship. If you undertake a traineeship, you must be employed as a trainee in the hospitality industry. When you finish the course, you can choose to pathway into the Diploma of Hospitality Management SIT50416.
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You'll learn in the state-of-the art Footscray Nicholson hospitality training centre on modern equipment including:
- three commercial kitchens with the latest cooking equipment
- two demonstration kitchens
- a training bar
- a 150-seat training restaurant, VenU.
VenU restaurant was awarded best training restaurant in Victoria at the Restaurant and Catering awards.
VU's Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.
Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses.
We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.
Our programs include:
- drop-in sessions
- peer mentoring
- maths and writing resources
- resume and career guidance.
Our campus libraries have photocopying, computing and printing facilities as well as electronic and print resources.
You'll also have access to a rich collection of online resources at any time of the day or night, including:
- e-learning content for courses
- student email
- student software packages
- social networking tools.
On campus, we make sure that all of our students have access to digital resources. We offer:
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School for the Visitor Economy
This course is part of VU's School for the Visitor Economy - a new cross-university school providing qualified graduates to Victoria's rapidly expanding tourism and hospitality sectors.
Careers in hospitality
On completion you could find employment in a range of hospitality roles including:
- espresso coffee machine operator
- food and beverage attendant
- front desk receptionist
- front office assistant
- function attendant
- function host
- gaming attendant
- guest service agent
- restaurant host
- senior bar attendant
The course structure comprises the following core and elective units. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback.
To be awarded the SIT30616 Certificate III in Hospitality, a student must successfully complete a total of fifteen (15) units of competency, comprising of:
seven (7) core units, and;
eight (8) elective units, of which:
- one (1) unit must be selected from Group A;
- five (5) units must be selected from Group B, and;
- two (2) units may be selected from Group B, Group C, elsewhere in the SIT Tourism, Travel and Hospitality Training Package, or any other current training package or accredited course.
The selection of electives must be guided by the job outcome sought, local industry requirements and the complexity of skills appropriate to the AQF level of this qualification as well as be approved by the Polytechnic.
VU Polytechnic delivers the electives listed in the ‘course structure and units’ below. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback. Alternative suitable electives are only available via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT).
Group B :
Group B : Traineeship Only
Group C electives are not currently offered by the Polytechnic.
Elective Units for Continuing Students Only
Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Credit Transfers
Previous completion of units at the Polytechnic or any other Registered Training Organisation and/or previous attainment of skills and knowledge may be credited towards this course. Units must satisfy the completion rules of the qualification and be assessed as appropriate by the Polytechnic.
This qualification reflects the role of individuals who have a range of well-developed hospitality service, sales or operational skills and sound knowledge of industry operations. Using discretion and judgement, they work with some independence and under limited supervision using plans, policies and procedures to guide work activities.
Fees & scholarships
Fee type for this course: VET
Fee type definitions
The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full fee-paying place.
Students who enrol in a:
- government subsidised place pay subsidised tuition fees (the government contributes the rest), and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee along with any material fees
- full fee-paying place pay the full fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).
Find out more about:
- the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF)
- ways to pay your fees
- important fee dates
- how to apply for a VE/TAFE refund
Scholarships & assistance
Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.
We can help with fee assistance and advice.
Admission & pathways
Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course. Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.
If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs.
There are no formal entry requirements for this course.As part of the application process, applicants must complete a Pre-training Review (PTR) and undertake a literacy and numeracy (LN) assessment to determine suitability for admission.
Local admission requirements for Traineeship applicants:
must have an active employer
must have an active Epsilon number prior to commencing the course
Where the apprentice or trainee is under the age of 18, an employer sign off maybe required.
Use our credit calculator to find out how much credit you could get towards your course, based on your previous study.
You may be able to complete your qualification sooner through formal recognition of your existing skills. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised qualifications. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.
Call us on 1300 TAFE VP (1300 823 387) to discuss RPL options with the course manager.
How to apply
Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.
Available start dates:
- 13 February 2023
Before you apply
Before starting your application, please read through the step-by-step VU Polytechnic application process to make sure you have all the necessary documents and information ready to successfully complete your application.
Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:
- Credit transfer/Recognition of prior learning (RPL): If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.
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