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SIT30821 Certificate III in Commercial Cookery

Free TAFE Cookery

Next intake Ongoing 2023
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.

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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2023 Ongoing
Geelong City Campus 
Open: 26 Jun 2023
Close: 15 Dec 2023 
Class DayTimetable supplied once admitted
Apprenticeship:Full-time: 3 years    
2024 February
Geelong City Campus 
Open: 1 Aug 2023
Close: 1 Feb 2024 
Class DayStart: 7 Feb 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.

  • 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 .

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.

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

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 $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 $1,724.00 Once
Administrative Fee AUD $80.00 Once
Equipment Levy AUD $60.00 Once
Resources AUD $625.00
Education Levy AUD $147.30


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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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: 24/11/2023 11:42:39 AM