Duration:
1.5 years.
Intakes: 

2020: February and July

Location: 
Industry
Online
Other
Fees: 

2020: A$6,400*
* fee per semester

Application due dates:
We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Overview

Enhance your cookery skills and gain an understating of kitchen, operations, people and finance management for hospitality businesses.

This course combines practical culinary skills with theoretical management concepts, preparing you for leadership or supervisory positions in kitchen environments. You will develop skills in the following areas:

  • quality and stock control
  • menu planning and costing
  • food preparation and presentation
  • finance
  • human resources
  • leadership
  • people and operations management
  • sustainable work practices
  • food hygiene, food safety, OHS and first aid.

You will gain hands-on experience working with industry-standard equipment in the Footscray Nicholson hospitality training centre.

This simulated work environment includes:

  • four commercial kitchens with individual stainless steel workstations
  • two demonstration kitchens
  • a training bar
  • an award-winning training restaurant, VenU.

As a cookery student, you will be exposed to our high-profile industry partnerships including:

  • Lancemore Group’s Mansion Hotel & Spa at Werribee Park
  • Crown Melbourne
  • TFE Hotels
  • Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens.

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:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available for all students.

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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 cookery

This course provides recognition of the skills and knowledge required to find employment in hospitality establishments including:

  • restaurants
  • hotels
  • clubs
  • international commercial entities of 5-3 star standard. 

Possible job titles include:

  • head chef
  • sous chef
  • chef de partie
  • executive chef.

Course structure

To be awarded SIT40516 Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery qualification, a student must successfully complete a total of thirty-three (33) units of competency, comprising of:

  • twenty-six (26) core units;
  • seven (7) elective units which may be selected from within the SIT40516 Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery qualification, elsewhere in the SIT Tourism, Travel and Hospitality Training Package, or another 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

Units offered as part of the Skilled Migration Assessment Services only

For a list of unit offerings for the Skilled Migration Assessment Service, please contact 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 qualification and be assessed as appropriate by the Polytechnic.

This qualification reflects the role of commercial cooks who have a supervisory or team leading role in the kitchen. They operate independently or with limited guidance from others and use discretion to solve non-routine problems.

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

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.

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.