Make your culinary dream a reality, with this hands-on commercial cookery course at VU Polytechnic.
Using a blend of online and practical skills development, this course provides you with essential skills in the following areas:
- food preparation (poultry, meat, seafood, vegetables, dairy, fruits)
- desserts (cakes, pastries)
- menu planning and costing
- basic knife skills
- basic methods of cookery
- sustainable work practices
- food hygiene, food safety and OHS.
You'll learn a range of practical skills and the latest trends and techniques used in the industry under the guidance of experienced chefs.
On successful completion, you can choose to pathway into the Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery or find employment as a:
- commis chef
- sous chef
- executive chef.
This program is suitable for school leavers with little or no relevant work experience and mature-aged participants who are interested in developing a career in the hospitality industry.
The part-time training option (for domestic students only) is also designed to accommodate participants already working in the industry and workers in other fields who are interested in developing a career in the hospitality industry.
The course is delivered through face-to-face workshops, structured learning activities in text-based units and work integrated learning. In workshops, students learn in classroom and in kitchen learning spaces. The course will be delivered in an interactive, hands-on model to engage learners and support skills development.
The part-time course duration is 18 months, delivered over three semesters. Face-to-face workshops will be held every Saturday, 8am–4pm at our Footscray Nicholson hospitality training centre, VenU Restaurant.
To successfully complete the Certificate III in Commercial Cookery, students are required to complete 48 service periods of work placement in a commercial kitchen.
You'll gain hands-on experience working with the latest cooking equipment in the Footscray Nicholson hospitality training centre, VenU Restaurant, including:
- three state-of-the-art commercial kitchens with the latest cooking equipment
- two demonstration kitchens
- a training bar
- VenU: a 150-seat training restaurant.
VenU restaurant was awarded best training restaurant in Victoria at the Restaurant and Catering Awards.
During your course you'll be exposed to our high-profile industry partners including:
- Lancemore Group’s Mansion Hotel & Spa at Werribee Park
- Crown Melbourne
- TFE Hotels
- Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens
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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
Prospective careers in hospitality include a cook and/or trainee chef in:
- reception centres
- aged care residences
- cruise ships
- catering companies
To be awarded SIT30816 Certificate III in Commercial Cookery, a student must successfully complete a total of twenty-five (25) units of competency, comprising of:
- twenty-one (21) core units, and;
- four (4) elective units, of which:
- four (4) units, which can be selected from the SIT30816 Certificate III in Commercial Cookery qualification, elsewhere in the SIT 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.
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 training package and be assessed as appropriate by the Polytechnic.
This qualification reflects the role of commercial cooks who use a wide range of well-developed cookery skills and sound knowledge of kitchen operations to prepare food and menu items. Using discretion and judgment, they work with some independence and under limited supervision using plans, policies and procedures to guide work activities.
What's a unit?
A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.
Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.
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.
Completion of an Australian Year 11 or equivalent. The Polytechnic use the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to measure the language proficiency of people who want to study with us. As part of this test, applicants must attain a minimum IELTS (academic module) of 5.5 or equivalent.
For employment and practical placement purposes, this vocational sector typically requires a current and satisfactory Police Record Check. Failure to provide the required documents in the timeframe specified by the Course Coordinator, means you will be unable to undertake practical placement in a workplace and therefore not eligible to progress in this course. The following is a suggested site you could visit to obtain this check: Police Record Check - http://www.police.vic.gov.au/content.asp?Document_ID=274
Find out if you meet the entry requirements, including English language and academic requirements.
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.