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SIT20416 Certificate II in Kitchen Operations

National ID: SIT20416 State ID: AZW7
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Get your hospitality career started

In this qualification you'll learn basic food preparation and cookery skills, which you'll be able to perform under direct supervision.

This qualification does not reflect the skills required by commercial cooks (please see the Certificate III in Commercial Cookery).

After completing this course you'll be able to work in kitchen operations in restaurants, hotels, catering facilities, clubs, pubs, cafes, coffee shops, aged care facilities, hospitals, prisons and schools. You may be in charge of preparing breakfast, fast food, non-alcoholic drinks, sandwiches, appetisers, salads and hot/cold desserts. Job roles: breakfast cook, catering assistant, fast food cook, sandwich hand and take-away cook.

Study in specialised facilities

Our Mandurah campus is also undergoing exciting developments with new purpose-built training facilities coming in 2023, including a Mandurah Hospitality and Tourism Training Centre which will deliver simulated training in commercial cookery, tourism and event management. The new Centre will include two training kitchens, a production kitchen and restaurant for students to build their practical skills and become workplace ready. 


  • prepare dishes using basic methods of cookery
  • cookery skills
  • hygienic practices for food safety
  • safe work practices
  • prepare and present simple dishes, appetisers and salads
  • prepare stocks, sauces, soups
  • dietary requirements

This qualification is directly aligned with priority industry areas where the jobs are today, and into the future. As part of the state government Lower fees, local skills initiative, from 1 January 2020 through to 31 December 2025 you'll only pay half the course fees, capped for each year at $1,200; or $400 (plus resource fee) if you're aged 15—24 or eligible for a concession. Find out more

School Leaver Non-School Leaver AQF
OLNA or NAPLAN 9 Band 8 C Grades in Year 10 English and Maths or equivalent Certificate I or Certificate II

Attendance in class

This course is equivalent to 2 days per week across one semester.

At-home study

As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete an additional 10 hours of study each week outside of class hours, including private study, assignment preparation, and research.

You will need to have the basic technical requirements for at-home study. If you don’t have access to a computer and WiFi at home, we recommend using our library computers during library hours.

Work placement

Approximately 96 hours of work placement is mandatory for completion of this course. This will involve your attendance at a workplace 1 day per week during the program depending on the host employer and availability.

What you need for your first day of class

On your first day you should bring your SM TAFE confirmation enrolment receipt, your student ID and stationery (pen, pencil, exercise book and USB). Students are welcome to bring in their own laptop or tablet.

In addition, the following uniform (as discussed at your enrolment meeting) is required to be purchased (approximately $215):

  • 2 x chef jackets
  • 2 x aprons
  • 1 x chef pants
  • 1 x chef hat
  • black safety boots

There is also a requirement to purchase equipment for this course. This will also be advised at your enrolment meeting, however, the cost is approximately $325. 

 Please note this list should be used as a guide only as job titles and qualification requirements may vary between organisations.

To access free career planning and job search assistance, visit the Jobs and Skills Centres page.

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Semester 1, 2023

Mandurah - Full time - On Campus

Duration 1 Semester
When Semester 1, 2023
Where Mandurah
How On Campus

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