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SIT31016 Certificate III in Patisserie~


Next intake Ongoing 2023
LocationsGeelong City Campus
DurationFull-time: 12 months
TraineeshipFull-time: 2 yrs | Part-time: 4 yrs (School-Based)

Course description

Obsessed with sugar and spice and all things nice? Then a career in pastry could be for you.

When you start this entry-level specialist course, you will train with some of the best pastry chefs in the business. You will learn the fundamentals of preparing and producing various yeast goods, pastries, and modern bakery products for patisseries. You will undertake marzipan work, petit fours, classic gateaux, tortes and cakes and learn the basic art of sugar work.

All practical patisserie classes require a uniform and some specialist equipment. See the fees tab below. Find uniform and toolkit needs here.

To discuss your training plan or learn more about patisserie traineeships, call 5225 0549.

Work placement/industry experience

72 hours of work placement is required in this course. Work placement will occur at The Gordon's professional venues: Cafe on Track and the Davidson Restaurant, organised by The Gordon. Alternatively, it may be undertaken externally, organised by the student. *If placement is undertaken, please note that you may be required to travel outside of your usual training location to attend placement. This may include other regional areas or suburbs of Melbourne.

~ 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

  • Pastry cook
  • Pâtissier
  • Cake decorator

Applications & attendance

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 February
Geelong City Campus 
Open: 1 Aug 2023
Close: 8 Aug 2023 
Class DayStart: 5 Feb 2024
Mon, Tues, Wed 8am-4pm
Full-time: 12 months    
2023 Ongoing
Geelong City Campus 
Open: 1 Aug 2022
Close: 15 Dec 2023 
Class DayTues 8am-5pm
Traineeship:Full-time: 2 yrs | Part-time: 4 yrs (School-Based)    


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 must be 16 years and over at the time of course commencement.
  • Applicants are expected to have literacy skills at Year 10 or Year 11 or Australian Core Skills Framework Level 2 and numeracy skills at Year 11 or Year 12 or Australian Core Skills Framework Level 3.
  • Any student under the age of 17 must provide an Exemption from School form prior to undertaking the course.

  • 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

Core Units Code Hours
Clean kitchen premises and equipment SITHKOP001 13
Coach others in job skills SITXHRM001 20
Maintain the quality of perishable items SITXINV002 10
Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices BSBSUS201 20
Participate in safe food handling practices SITXFSA002 40
Participate in safe work practices SITXWHS001 12
Prepare dishes using basic methods of cookery SITHCCC005 45
Produce cakes SITHPAT001 24
Produce desserts SITHPAT006 100
Produce gateaux torten and cakes SITHPAT002 60
Produce pastries SITHPAT003 24
Produce petits fours SITHPAT005 30
Produce yeast-based bakery products SITHPAT004 42
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
Model sugar-based decorations SITHPAT009 48
Prepare and model marzipan SITHPAT007 24
Prepare and serve espresso coffee SITHFAB005 30
Prepare and serve non-alcoholic beverages SITHFAB004 20
Use food preparation equipment to prepare fillings FBPRBK2002 40
Optional Elective Units Code Hours
Prepare and present sandwiches SITHCCC003 10
Provide service to customers SITXCCS006 25


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 projects
  • Workplace tasks
  • Industry placement
  • Exam

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 $0.59 per hour 707 AUD $417.00 AUD $7,579.00
Standard Tuition AUD $2.96 per hour 707 AUD $2,093.00 AUD $7,579.00
Full Fee Tuition AUD $14.73 per hour 707 AUD $10,414.00

Add the costs below to your relevant tuition fee

Materials AUD $1,705.00 Once
Education Levy AUD $106.05
Equipment Levy AUD $60.00 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: 21/09/2023 4:00:47 PM