Information on this page is for international students

Intakes: 
2019: February and July
Duration:
1 year.
Location: 
Industry
Online
Other
Fees: 
2019: A$6,200*
* fee per semester

We are currently accepting applications for this course

Overview

Make your culinary dream a reality, with this hands-on commercial cookery apprenticeship.

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
  • teamwork
  • 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.

Domestic applicants

This is an apprenticeship course; you will need to be employed in the industry to commence study.

International applicants

Please note that the duration of this course is one year for international applications.

You'll gain hands-on experience working with the latest cooking equipment in the Footscray Nicholson hospitality training centre, 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.

This course is delivered through Victoria University Polytechnic’s multi award-winning blended learning model that combines face-to-face workshops with flexible, user-friendly eLearning activities.

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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Learn essential food preparation skills to qualify for a career as a cook or chef.

Careers in hospitality

Prospective careers in hospitality include a cook and/or trainee chef in:

  • restaurants/cafes
  • hotels
  • resorts
  • reception centres
  • airlines
  • hospitals
  • aged care residences
  • cruise ships
  • catering companies
  • clubs.

Course structure

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.

CORE UNITS

ELECTIVE UNITS

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.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

Entry requirements

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Find out if you meet the entry requirements, including English language and academic requirements.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

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.

We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Methods of applying:

International students can apply directly to Victoria University using our online application system, or apply through an education agent.

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Information and fees listed above are for non-resident students. Fees are accurate at the time of viewing and will be subject to annual increases. Some courses require students to purchase equipment or clothing that they will need in the course. These equipment or clothing costs are not included in the course fees listed above and we recommend that you confirm these costs with the relevant college.

VU takes care to ensure the accuracy of this course information, but reserves the right to change or withdraw courses offered at any time. Please check that course information is current with the Student Contact Centre.