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SIT30821 Certificate III in Commercial Cookery

Free TAFE Cookery

Next intake July 2024
LocationsGeelong City Campus
DurationFull-time: 12 Months
ApprenticeshipFull-time: 3 years

Course description

A career in food and the culinary arts is your destiny if you have a love of making people happy with food, see yourself as a team player, and love to explore and create in a fast-paced dynamic kitchen environment.

Learn the fundamentals of food preparation and cooking skills and applying and practicing them across:

  • A range of appetisers and salads
  • Poultry and game
  • Seafood and meat
  • A variety of hot and cold desserts,
  • Cakes and yeast goods

You will also master the basics such as:

  • Stocks, sauces and soups
  • Vegan and vegetarian dishes
  • Egg and pasta dishes.

Learn practical skills too, such as food costs, effective communication and time management and have the opportunity to demonstrate these skills during live service periods.

View The Gordon's Uniform and Toolkit requirements here.

If you are interested in a Part Time option, please contact to express your interest and discuss further.

Possible career outcomes

This qualification provides a pathway to work as a cook in organisations such as restaurants, hotels, clubs, pubs, cafes, and coffee shops.

  • Qualified cook/chef
  • Head Chef
  • Kitchen attendant
  • Catering team assistant

Applications & attendance

How to apply

  1. Follow our instructions for how to apply for a course.
  2. Apply online by selecting an intake from the Applications & attendance table below.

If you need help, visit Customer Service or request application support via email.
Submission of an application does not guarantee a place in the course.

Apprenticeship and traineeship applicants

To become an apprentice or trainee, you will first need to find an employer willing to employ you. An Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider can assist you with this and will also start your application and enrolment process. Find a local provider here

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2024 July
Geelong City Campus 
Open: 1 Apr 2024
Close: 1 Jul 2024 
Class DayStart: 17 Jul 2024
Wed, Thur, Fri 8am-4pm
Full-time: 12 Months  Apply  
2024 Ongoing
Geelong City Campus 
Open: 1 Aug 2023
Close: 15 Dec 2024 
Class DayTimetable supplied once admitted
Apprenticeship:Full-time: 3 years    


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. An application does not guarantee a place in this course.

  • Applicants are expected to have literacy and numeracy skills at Year 11 or Year 12 or Australian Core Skills Framework Level 3.

  • You must reside in Victoria to access Victorian Government Subsidised Fees and any incentive such as Free TAFE. Full fees apply to all non-Victorian residents.

Apprenticeship and traineeship requirements

Apprenticeship and traineeship applicants must be currently employed under a training contract and referred by their employer.

Pre-training review

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 .

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 SITHKOP009 13
Coach others in job skills SITXHRM007 20
Participate in safe food handling practices SITXFSA006 40
Participate in safe work practices SITXWHS005 12
Plan and cost recipes SITHKOP010 40
Prepare appetisers and salads SITHCCC028 25
Prepare dishes using basic methods of cookery SITHCCC027 45
Prepare food to meet special dietary requirements SITHCCC042 75
Prepare meat dishes SITHCCC036 55
Prepare poultry dishes SITHCCC035 35
Prepare seafood dishes SITHCCC037 35
Prepare stocks sauces and soups SITHCCC029 35
Prepare vegetable fruit eggs and farinaceous dishes SITHCCC030 50
Prepare vegetarian and vegan dishes SITHCCC031 40
Produce cakes pastries and breads SITHCCC041 55
Produce desserts SITHPAT016 100
Receive store and maintain stock SITXINV006 20
Use food preparation equipment SITHCCC023 25
Use hygienic practices for food safety SITXFSA005 15
Work effectively as a cook SITHCCC043 100
Elective Units Code Hours
Package prepared foodstuffs SITHCCC026 15
Participate in sustainable work practices BSBSUS211 20
Prepare and present sandwiches SITHCCC025 10
Prepare specialised food items SITHCCC044 60
Produce yeast-based bakery products SITHPAT014 42


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     
  • Exam
  • Written assignments
  • Industry Placement

This course is eligible for Free TAFE!

Eligible Victorian students who elect to use their 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 $1.55 per hour 982 AUD $1,522.00 AUD $14,210.00
Standard Tuition AUD $7.76 per hour 982 AUD $7,620.00 AUD $14,210.00
Full Fee Tuition AUD $18.60 per hour 982 AUD $18,265.00

Add the costs below to your relevant tuition fee

Materials AUD $1,656.00 Once
Administrative Fee AUD $80.00 Once
Equipment Levy AUD $60.00 Once
Education Levy AUD $147.30
Resources AUD $625.00
Excursion Fees AUD $100.00 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.

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Date published: 23/05/2024 4:00:58 PM