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SIT20416 Certificate II in Kitchen Operations~

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Duration Part-time: Delivered in VETDSS area only

Course description

This course is only offered as a VETDSS program. See SIT20416 VETDSS - Certificate II in Kitchen Operations for more details.

Are you currently attending secondary school and interested in working with food? This course will teach you a range of practical skills to operate in a supervised kitchen workplace. During this hands-on program you will develop food handling, preparation skills and further hospitality industry knowledge, and will put your skills into practice at The Gordon’s training venue – the Davidson Restaurant. 

You can then go on to study the SIT30816 Certificate III in Commercial Cookery or  SIT31016 Certificate III in Patisserie (on-campus) at The Gordon.

Take advantage of Job Trainer! Eligible Victorian students who elect to use their one Job Trainer opportunity Material and resources fees still apply. Follow the link for further information and to check the eligibility criteria.

This is a JobTrainer Priority Course. All students who meet the Skills First eligibility criteria can access free or reduced tuition fees for this course. Follow the link for further information and to check the eligibility criteria.

If you are a Gordon VCE student

This course is offered to Gordon VCE students. To enrol in this course as a Gordon VCE student you need to apply from the VET Delivered to Secondary Students (VETDSS) course list. Go to VETDSS courses to APPLY NOW!

For more information on VCE studies with a VET program please go to the VET Delivered to Secondary Students site. NOTE: Fees apply for Gordon VCE Students, see Fees section below.

~ This course is in transition.

The course code, title, units and content may change in future. Further information will be provided on The Gordon website, upon enrolment and/or during the course of your training.

Possible career outcomes

  • Apprentice chef
  • Kitchen attendant
  • Catering team assistant

Applications & attendance

Applications for this course are not currently open.

Please contact customer service on 52250538 to discuss upcoming intake dates.

Please contact Customer Service on 5225 0800 to discuss upcoming intakes.


Students may need to complete some self-paced learning and assessment activities outside class time. This will be different for each course and will depend on a student’s level of skill and experience.

Class days and times in the above table are indicative. Prior to course commencement, changes may be necessary. Follow the link for more information on Attendance mode definitions. When you submit your application, please make sure you answer all the questions. Only successful applicants with complete applications will receive an offer. We issue offers as soon as possible. Follow the link for more information on Offer timing.

Many courses have limited places and high demand. We may close an intake before the date above. We recommend you apply early. If student numbers are insufficient we may cancel an intake or a course.

  • Aged 15 years and over
  • Must be attending Secondary School
  • You must reside in Victoria to access Victorian Government Subsidised Fees and any incentive such as Job Trainer. Full fees apply to all non-Victorian residents.

Each student must complete a pre-training review as part of their application. The outcome of your pre-training review assists our teachers and trainers to better understand your capabilities prior to training and enables you to be matched to the right program. Your literacy and numeracy skills will be evaluated and you may be required to undertake a separate assessment. Follow this link for more information about literacy and numeracy skills .

Practice tests

In order to prepare for your LLN, you may wish to attempt some practise tests in which you will find similar questions (with solutions too). These practice tests are not VSL approved but may be similar in question type and level of difficulty to what may be asked in the VSL approved LLN. Click here for practice tests. Please note, the VSL approved LLN cannot be resat within 3 months of undertaking it.

  • Aged 15 years and over
  • Must be attending Secondary School

Personal Learning Requirements

There are personal learning requirements for each qualification at The Gordon. These are essential personal capabilities and skills required to successfully complete the course and be ready to work in the industry.

Please review the requirements here and consider any challenges you may have in meeting them. When applying for your course, please let us know what support you may need.

Selection mode

Core Units Code Hours
Clean kitchen premises and equipment SITHKOP001 13
Maintain the quality of perishable items SITXINV002 10
Participate in safe work practices SITXWHS001 12
Prepare dishes using basic methods of cookery SITHCCC005 45
Use cookery skills effectively SITHCCC011 50
Use food preparation equipment SITHCCC001 25
Use hygienic practices for food safety SITXFSA001 15
Work effectively with others BSBWOR203 15
Elective Units Code Hours
Prepare and present sandwiches SITHCCC003 10
Prepare and present simple dishes SITHCCC002 25
Prepare appetisers and salads SITHCCC006 25
Prepare poultry dishes SITHCCC012 25
Prepare stocks sauces and soups SITHCCC007 35
Prepare vegetable fruit eggs and farinaceous dishes SITHCCC008 45
Provide First Aid HLTAID011 18


Please note that the listed electives are delivered by The Gordon but you may not need to complete all of these units to successfully complete this qualification. If you have previously completed any of the units of competency relevant to this course, you may be eligible for Credit Transfer (CT). Any previous relevant experience may qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Find out more about CT or RPL here.

Assessment is based on:

  • Hands-on work
  • Workplace tasks              
  • Written assignments     
  • Industry placement        
  • Team projects  
  • Exam    
  • Other

This course is eligible for Free TAFE!

Eligible Victorian students who elect to use their one Free TAFE opportunity will not incur any tuition fees. Material and resources fees still apply. Follow the link for further information and to check the eligibility criteria.

FeesRateUnitIndicative Course HoursIndicative Tuition Payable by StudentMax. Indicative Government Subsidy Total
Concession Tuition AUD $0.76 per hour 365 AUD $277.00 AUD $1,245.00
Standard Tuition AUD $3.78 per hour 365 AUD $1,380.00 AUD $1,245.00
Full Fee Tuition AUD $10.25 per hour 365 AUD $3,741.00

Add the costs below to your relevant tuition fee

Education Levy AUD $54.75
Material second year fee AUD $160.00 once
Tools AUD $35.00 once per year
Resources AUD $70.00 once
Material first year fee AUD $305.00 once


All fees and charges are correct at time of publication but may change without notice. The student tuition fees are indicative only. Additional fees may apply. Where GST is applicable to any courses or materials, the fee displayed is inclusive of the GST.

Which fee will I pay?

Your fees will be charged according to your eligibility for government funding. For more information, visit our Fees & Payments pages.

Fee help and student loans

VET Student Loans are available for eligible students for tuition fees ONLY.
The current years maximum VET Student Loan Course Cap is $

Payment plans may be available for eligible students who need assistance to manage their fee payments.

  • SIT30816 Certificate III in Commercial Cookery
  • SIT40516 Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery
  • SIT31016 Certificate III in Patisserie
  • SIT40716 Certificate IV in Patisserie

Many Gordon courses offer pathways to higher qualifications within The Gordon and in some cases, to university degrees. Your Gordon course may provide credit points which could reduce further study time. Follow the link to find more information about pathways, or contact Customer Service.

Date published: 19/01/2023 6:02:32 PM