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Certificate III in Commercial Cookery

(include 6 weeks holiday)


Cook (Large Restaurant) Cook (Restaurant and Catering Company) Cook (Small Restaurant or Cafe)


This qualification reflects the role of commercial cooks who use a wide range of well-developed cookery skills and sound knowledge of kitchen operations to prepare food and menu items. Using discretion and judgement, they work with some independence and under limited supervision using plans, policies and procedures to guide work activities.

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

Note: BIT doesn’t make any claim of employment outcome or job guarantee with its courses.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication

Mode of Delivery

Face to face delivery


Duration of course is 52 weeks which includes 46 weeks delivery and 6 weeks holiday.

BIT Delivery Locations
Classroom -Level 1 & 2, 380 Bourke St Melbourne, Victoria 3000
BITS Cafe Kitchen- Level B-380 Bourke St Melbourne, Victoria 3000

Workplace kitchen as per learner practical placement agreements.

BIT only delivers this course in Victoria. No interstate delivery is currently scheduled.

Packaging Rules

To be awarded this qualification, competency must be demonstrated in 25 units of competency, consisting of:

Total number of units = 25

  • 20 core unit, plus

  • 5 elective units

Vocational pathway

After completing SIT30821 Certificate III in commercial cookery learner can enter in to SIT40521 Certificate IV in Kitchen Management

Employment/Career pathway

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

Possible job titles include:

Cook (Large Restaurant)
Cook (Restaurant and Catering Company)
Cook (Small Restaurant or Cafe)

Please refer to the following source for Pathway and employment outcomes

Source: https://www.myskills.gov.au/courses/details?Code=SIT30821

Related industry sectors

Hospitality, Services Industry

No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Teaching and Assessment Methods

Delivery of this qualification involves classroom-based training with face-to-face trainer led theory classes, individual and team activities and assignment research and activities and projects. It will also require the learner to spend a lot of time doing practical cooking in BIT’s kitchen. A learner cannot be competent and therefore gain this qualification without attending and actively participating in all kitchen classes. Trainers and learners will also have access to the internet in BIT’s computer lab.

Intake dates

Please contact BIT’s admissions or marketing department for information on our upcoming intakes.

Note* Information contained on the website is not sufficient for Enrollment purposes however, this information should be read in conjunction with student handbook, student prospectus and brochures.

Core units


Use food preparation equipment


Prepare dishes using basic methods of cookery


Prepare appetisers and salads


Prepare stocks, sauces and soups


Prepare vegetable, fruit, eggs and farinaceous dishes


Prepare vegetarian and vegan dishes


Prepare poultry dishes


Prepare meat dishes


Prepare seafood dishes


Produce cakes, pastries and breads


Prepare food to meet special dietary requirements


Work effectively as a cook


Plan and cost recipes


Produce desserts


Use hygienic practices for food safety


Participate in safe food handling practices


Receive, store and maintain stock


Clean kitchen premises and equipment


Coach others in job skills


Participate in safe work practices

Elective units


Produce pates and terrines


Prepare and present sandwiches


Package prepared foodstuffs


Prepare and serve cheese


Prepare specialised food items

Entry Requirements

As per training package there are no formal prerequisites required to enter the SIT30821- Certificate III in Commercial cookery. Although the training package specifies no entry requirement for this course International Learners entering this course at Brighton Institute of Technology must meet the following entry requirements:

Age requirements

For international learners Brighton Institute of Technology has a requirement that all learners must be over 18 years of age at the commencement of their course.

Pre-training Review

All international learners will undertake a pre-training review which aims to identify their training needs. The review aims to discover previous experience or training, the relevance of the courses to the learner and any other relevant information. This review is conducted by BIT’s enrolment officer. The interview also aims to identify any support needs and possible RPL opportunities.

Through the pre-training review the learner will demonstrate that they have the necessary skills to successfully complete their course

Language, Literacy and Numeracy test (LLN)

Candidate’s undertaking this course must possess sound Numeracy skills since it requires them to read, understand and expand recipes and do menu costings.

All learners are required to undertake a language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) test. They must have at least ACSF level 3 in the five core skills.

If learners do not meet English and LLN requirements, learners will be asked to take further Language, literacy and numeracy training e.g. English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Learners (ELICOS) programs with the institute.

Academic requirements

To enter any courses at BIT, applicants should have successfully completed year 12 or secondary studies in applicant’s home country equivalent to Australian senior secondary school examination and or mature age (25 years or above) with a minimum of 2 years work experience in relevant field.

Computer literacy requirements

All learners enrolling into BIT programs must have basic computer skills. BIT courses may require learners to make reports, do graphs and analyse data.
Learners who do not possess basic computing skills will be referred to a computer training course.

Materials and Equipment Required

Although BIT will provide access to computers with the required resources during classroom hours however to work on assignments and tasks for self-study, all learners are expected to have access to a laptop or computer with the Windows 7 operating system or higher. Learners must have an active email address for communication and be contactable by phone (mobile or landline) and by mail (postal address). All learners are expected to have access to MS office applications such as Microsoft Word, and an email platform.

English Requirements

English language requirements for international learners:

International learners applying for this course either off-shore or on-shore will require:

  1. Either a minimum IELTS test score of 6.0 or equivalent for direct entry into a VET course or IELTS 5.5 or its equivalent plus 14 weeks ELICOS to be taken before the main VET course. Or IELTS 5.0 or its equivalent plus 20 weeks ELICOS to be taken before the main VET course. Or Note: Results older than two years are not acceptable.

  2. Provide evidence that they have studied in English for at least five years in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom, or United States

  3. Have completed a Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma level qualification in Australia or

  4. Have completed any Certificate III or Certificate IV in EAL from the EAL framework (Victoria) or

Have completed a General English course to the intermediate level.

Any international English test must have been taken no more than two years before you apply for a course at BIT
English language test providers Minimum test score Minimum Test Score where combined with at least 14 weeks ELICOS Minimum test score where combined with at least 20 weeks ELICOS
International English Language Testing System 6.0 5.5 5.0
Cambridge C1 Advanced test 169, each component 162 154
TOEFL internet-based test 64 46 35
Pearson Test of English Academic 50 42 36

*The test must have been taken no more than two years* before you apply to study at BIT. If an international student is exempt from providing evidence of their level of English proficiency at the time of applying for a student visa, they will be required to complete BIT’s English Proficiency test to ensure they have the required level of English to complete the VET qualification they are enrolling in.