Certificate III In Commercial Cookery

Course Code: SIT30816
Study Area:

  • Echuca Campus
  • Bendigo City Campus
Course Structure


This qualification is nationally recognised

Possible careers
  • Manager
  • Cook
  • Hospitality worker


Language, literacy and numeracy test

Full time apprenticeship, under a training agreement established with your employer

Course overview

Apprenticeship - Part time - 2-3 years

Classroom based - Part time - 2 years

Classroom based - Full time - 1 year

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays: 9:00am - 4:00pm

(Echuca - Mondays and Tuesdays only - 9:00am - 4:00pm)

Start dates:

25 July 2022 (classroom based students)

Rolling enrolments (apprentice students)

If creating great food puts you in a good mood, why not consider a career as a chef?

The Certificate III in Commercial Cookery course is designed for those with a passion for cookery in a commercial environment.

This hospitality course provides participants with skills, knowledge and experience in practical food production, hygiene, menu costing, OHS, team work and basic nutrition. Graduates are qualified to enter careers in hospitality establishments, including hotels, motels, and bistros.

Free TAFE and JobTrainer

You may be entitled to free tuition fees for this course if you meet the eligibility criteria for the State Government's FREE TAFE for Priority Courses initiative. If you are aged 17-24 or looking for work, you may be eligible to study this course low-fee through JobTrainer. It's important to know that you may incur other fees, such as student services fees or materials fees, and you'll need to cover these costs yourself. To find out more, call 13 TAFE (13 8233) or contact us via our online enquiry form.

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, cafes, and coffee shops.

How to apply
  • Online application direct to Bendigo TAFE

Selection process
  • Individual interview

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be given for skills and knowledge gained through previous study or other relevant experience.  Further information refer to RPL

Assessment Methods
  • Apprenticeship - On the Job Classroom based - Assignments and demonstrations

Learning options
  • Apprenticeship/Trainee
  • Blended
  • Off campus
  • Classroom

Key study areas
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Food preparation
  • Methods of cookery
  • Menu writing
  • Food Hygiene

Further study opportunities
  • Students completing this course can study further with the Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery (SIT40516)


Your fees are made up of four parts.
  1. Course enrolment type
  2. Materials
  3. Consumables
Once you have determined the fees applicable to your situation you will be able to calculate a indicative total fee for your qualification.

Some or all of this training is provided with State or Federal Government funding. Are you eligible for Government Subsidised fees? Find out now!

Are you eligible for Government subsidised fees? Check for your eligibility here
Are you eligible for concession? Check for your eligibility here
To check your eligibility click here.
Free TAFE and JobTrainer courses only: Students eligible for Free TAFE receive the tuition rate free. Students eligible for JobTrainer pay 20% of the tuition. Materials, consumables and student services fees are payable by all students and do not receive a JobTrainer discount, however concession rates for student services fees are available for concession card holders, apprentices, trainees and 100% off campus delivery courses. Please note that these tuition rates only apply to courses offered under the Free TAFE or JobTrainer schemes.
Concessions for Diploma and Advanced Diploma course categories are only available to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.

A.   Course enrolment type:Apprenticeship
Government subsidised - average total course fee*$3,507.50
Concession - average total course fee*$701.50
Full fee - average total course fee*$16,537.50
B.   Materials average fee**$613.80
C.   Consumables average fee**$708.75
Indicative pricing for:
A.   Course enrolment type:Standard
Government subsidised - average total course fee*$3,743.75
Concession - average total course fee*$748.75
Full fee - average total course fee*$12,285.00
B.   Materials average fee**$273.90
C.   Consumables average fee**$332.00
Indicative pricing for:

*The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment and details of any other fees including but not limited to student services, amenities, goods or materials and consumables.
**Materials/Consumables fees may vary for each individual based on the units they are studying.
Average tuition fees are based on the typical number of student contact hours undertaken by a student to complete this course. Average fees displayed are purely indicative and may not be your actual fee. Fees vary based on the number/hours of electives chosen by the student. Read more on fees and charges

This page was last updated on 22/06/2022 12:58 PM