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SIT40516 Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery~


Next intake Ongoing 2023
LocationsGeelong City Campus
ApprenticeshipFull-time: 4 yrs

Course description

Are you an experienced industry professional looking for more than a standard cook’s qualification or dreaming of managing a professional kitchen? This course will equip you with the skills for both!

You will learn all facets of organising a professional kitchen, including selection, preparation, executing and cooking different menus and techniques. You will cover hygiene and safety procedures, staffing, environmental considerations, seasonal produce, quality control, stock control, bulk cooking, catering revenue and costs, finance, leadership, management and human resources. You will also have the opportunity to practice the skills learnt to run a series of live events both on campus and externally. You will take part in local foraging excursions, meet with primary producers and local business owners and learn from our highly skilled industry professionals.

~ 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

  • Head chef
  • Catering manager
  • Chef de Partie
  • Sous chef


We can vary this course to suit apprentices to incorporate components of your workplace experience. However, you must attend scheduled class time to complete this qualification.

Wondering if this industry will suit you?

We have created a very short course quiz to help you gain a little more understanding of what is required and whether you might enjoy a role in this industry. Take the quiz here.

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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2023 Ongoing
Geelong City Campus 
Open: 1 Aug 2022
Close: 15 Dec 2023 
Class DayTimetable supplied once admitted
Apprenticeship:Full-time: 4 yrs    


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.

  • Applicants must hold Certificate III Commercial Cookery or Patisserie or significant work experience in the field.  
  • 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
Coach others in job skills SITXHRM001 20
Coordinate cooking operations SITHKOP005 100
Develop menus for special dietary requirements SITHKOP004 15
Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices BSBSUS401 40
Implement and monitor work health and safety practices SITXWHS003 30
Lead and manage people SITXHRM003 60
Maintain the quality of perishable items SITXINV002 10
Manage conflict SITXCOM005 20
Manage diversity in the workplace BSBDIV501 60
Manage finances within a budget SITXFIN003 30
Monitor work operations SITXMGT001 20
Participate in safe food handling practices SITXFSA002 40
Plan and cost basic menus SITHKOP002 30
Prepare appetisers and salads SITHCCC006 25
Prepare dishes using basic methods of cookery SITHCCC005 45
Prepare food to meet special dietary requirements SITHCCC018 75
Prepare meat dishes SITHCCC014 50
Prepare poultry dishes SITHCCC012 25
Prepare seafood dishes SITHCCC013 30
Prepare stocks sauces and soups SITHCCC007 35
Prepare vegetable fruit eggs and farinaceous dishes SITHCCC008 45
Produce cakes pastries and breads SITHCCC019 40
Produce desserts SITHPAT006 100
Use food preparation equipment SITHCCC001 25
Use hygienic practices for food safety SITXFSA001 15
Work effectively as a cook SITHCCC020 80
Elective Units Code Hours
Clean kitchen premises and equipment SITHKOP009 13
Develop and implement a food safety program SITXFSA004 50
Package prepared foodstuffs SITHCCC004 15
Participate in safe work practices SITXWHS005 12
Prepare and present sandwiches SITHCCC025 10
Prepare specialised food items SITHCCC021 60
Show social and cultural sensitivity SITXCOM007 20
Use hygienic practices for food safety SITXFSA005 15


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
  • Written assignments

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 460 AUD $271.00 AUD $20,228.00
Standard Tuition AUD $2.96 per hour 460 AUD $1,362.00 AUD $20,228.00
Full Fee Tuition AUD $18.68 per hour 460 AUD $8,593.00

Add the costs below to your relevant tuition fee

Materials AUD $215.00 once
Excursions AUD $100.00
Education Levy AUD $69.00
Equipment Levy AUD $40.00 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.

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.

The Gordon can now issue packaged offers for international students – DIPLOMA + BACHELOR through our partnership with Torrens University.
Follow this link to find more information about International pathways.

Date published: 20/11/2023 4:14:13 PM