Get a taste for working in a kitchen
Learn the skills to prepare for a career in a commercial kitchen.
This skill set will give you an introduction to working in kitchen operations in restaurants, hotels, catering facilities, clubs, pubs, cafes, coffee shops, aged care facilities, hospitals, prisons and schools.
You will learn basic food preparation and cookery skills under the supervision of experienced commercial lecturer cooks.
Gain the skills to:
- Clean kitchen premises and equipment
- Use hygiene practices for food safety
- Participate in safe work practice
- Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
- Use food preparation equipment
Please note if you are not eligible for fee free training, the following fees apply.
- Tuition fees: $387.05 or free for concession
- Resource fees: $241.25
Starting 6 August, 8 October and 12 November.
Help using our online application:
You will need to have the evidence requirements and relevant documents ready to upload with your application. See our guide for applying using our online system (1 MB) (PDF document - opens in a new tab) .
Requirements of the course
This course includes both online study and on-campus practical and theory classes.
Once enrolled, you will receive information about how to login to our eCampus and you will need to complete a literacy and numeracy quiz to show you can study online. Your study will involve accessing content online for 1 study module, followed by a series of online quiz assessments to test your knowledge.
For the other modules of the course, you will need to attend campus to develop your skills in our kitchen facilities.
This course can help you get ready for your first job, or re-skill quickly for jobs that are available as WA's economy recovers. This course is free for 15 to 24 year olds; or those who are receiving JobSeeker, JobKeeper, Youth Allowance, AUSTUDY or ABSTUDY payments; or concession cardholders. If you’re not eligible, you can pay the course fee to gain these skills and become highly employable. See the full eligibility list in the important information tab below. Find out more about the initiative.
All students are required to wear a uniform while working in our commercial kitchens. Please see the order form for more information, costs to be paid by students, and the list of required items below.
- Chef's white jacket
- Chef's Pants
- White apron
- Chef's white flat hat
- Black safety shoes
- (Knives will be provided)
Attendance in class
This course is equivalent to 2 days per week for 5 weeks.
As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, assignment preparation, and research.
There is no work placement required for this course.
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 is required to be worn at all classes:
- chef jacket
- chef pants
- chef hat
- black safety boots
- hairnet/beard net if required
Further information provided at enrolment.
Job ready skill sets are 100% free for the following eligible students:
- People aged 15—24 years at the time of enrolment (excluding school students)
- Secondary school-aged people who are not enrolled at school
- People receiving the JobSeeker or JobKeeper payment
- People and dependents of people receiving the Youth Allowance, AUSTUDY or ABSTUDY
- People and dependents of people holding:
- pensioner concession card or Health Care Card; or
- a Repatriation Health Benefits Card issued by the Department of Veterans' Affairs
- Dependents of people who are inmates of a custodial institution