Turn your passion for food into your future profession, tap into your true potential and become a leader in the kitchen.
This course will build and advance your culinary skills, making you job ready for roles such as Supervisor/Team Leader Chef or Cook. You'll also establish a comprehensive understanding of commercial kitchen operations, learning people management skills, finance processes and food safety programs.
Be guided by our team of expert lecturers who are experienced industry professionals, as you learn to lead a team and run a fast-paced kitchen. You'll further develop your cookery skillset, gaining knowledge of how to plan a menu whilst progressing your food preparation technique, cooking a wide-range of creations and working on perfecting presentation of dishes.
The hospitality, tourism and events industries are the world's largest employers and this nationally recognised qualification will enhance your employability opportunities making you workforce ready for roles in restaurants, hotels, cafes, nightclubs and in pubs.
Take the next step in your cookery career, advance to a supervisory level in the kitchen and acquire a skillset that could take you around the globe.
Study in specialised facilities
Learn in the real-life setting of our award-winning Bentley Pines Training Restaurant. which provides a live, interactive training environment at Bentley campus. Students can gain hands-on experience serving and preparing food for members of the public, as well as showcasing their skills planning a menu and advertising special events to the community. To discover more about student events and creations, visit Bentley Pines Training Restaurant on Facebook.
- lead a team in a commercial kitchen
- plan, prepare and cook food
- produce dishes suitable for cultural and dietary requirements
- learn about cleaning
- first aid
- food safety programs
- manage workplace conflict
- workplace health and safety
In order to make an informed choice about the suitability of this course, you must take into account the essential skills and knowledge required to undertake this study.
- be able to multi-task
- be customer focused, enthusiastic and energetic
- have good attention to detail
- be positive and able to work under pressure
- be reliable and flexible and have a strong work ethic
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
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Completion of Certificate III in Commercial Cookery is required prior to commencing this course.
New students who have not studied Certificate III in Commercial Cookery must apply instead for the lower-level qualification due to pre-requisite skills/knowledge requirements. Students that have already completed Certificate III in Commercial Cookery are eligible to apply for a credit transfer to reduce the study load and overall course cost.
Attendance in class
This course is equivalent to 3 days per week across one semester.
As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 10 hours of additional 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 is not a requirement for this course as South Metropolitan TAFE has a fully functional restaurant, bar and bistro where training will be undertaken.
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, stationery (pen, USB & exercise book), padlock for your locker and wear enclosed footwear.
Uniform and equipment requirements
A uniform is a requirement for this course. The approximate cost to purchase the approved uniform is $215. This will be discussed at orientation.
Students will also be required to purchase a full tool kit set at an approximate cost of $341.
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.