SITHFAB003 - Operate a bar

Unit code: SITHFAB003 | Study level: TAFE
Footscray Nicholson
SITHFAB002 - Provide responsible service of alcohol
SITXFSA001 - Use hygienic practices for food safety
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to prepare a bar for service, take drink orders, prepare and serve alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and close the bar down. Customer service and selling skills are found in other units.  The unit applies to any hospitality organisation that operates a bar, including hotels, restaurants, clubs, cafes, and wineries.  The unit applies to bar attendants who operate with some level of independence and under limited supervision.  The sale and service of alcohol is subject to the provisions of liquor legislation law in each state and territory of Australia. Skills and knowledge for compliance with this law are covered by the prerequisite unit SITHFAB002 Provide responsible service of alcohol.


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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit’s learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines.

Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills:

  • safely and efficiently set up, operate and close down a bar over at least three different service periods, including at least one peak service period;
  • prepare alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages that meet customer requests within required timeframe during the above service periods;
  • use the correct equipment, ingredients and standard measures to prepare the above alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and;
  • interact with a diverse range of customers during the above service periods, determining their preferences and offering suitable products in a clear and professional manner.

Required reading

The qualified trainer and assessor will provide teaching and learning materials as required in the form of workbooks produced by the Polytechnic and/or via the Polytechnic e-learning system.

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