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According to a study released by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee, employment in the Hospitality sector has grown very strongly over the past 5 years and will continue to grow by 12.1 percent or an additional 91,000 jobs in the next 5 years. The food and beverage services remain at the forefront, continuing to post strong numbers over the past decades. By 2023, this industry is expected to employ close to a million people.

This opportunity means there is a huge demand for training in commercial cookery qualified staff. Leading the way for silss in this area is the Cert III in Commercial Cookery. The SIT30816 Certificate III in Commercial Cookery qualification provides individuals with the skill and knowledge required for commercial cooks who work in a wide range of kitchen settings. This qualification allows individuals to acquire basic knowledge in kitchen operations, preparing food and menu items. The Certificate III in Commercial Cookery qualification offers a pathway for individuals to work as a cook in a commercial organisation such as hotels, cafes, coffee shops, and similar establishments.

Training Opportunities

The number of job opportunities for cooks is projected to grow steadily over the next five years. This is expected to grow from 45,000 in 2018 to 51,800 by 2023. Job openings are set at 35,000 over five years or about 7,000 a year. The next five years also show strong demand for fast food cooks which is expected to grow to 49,900 in 2013 from 45,100 in 2018. Job opportunities for fast food cooks are projected to be around 43,000 for the next five years or about 8,600 a year.

VET Related Occupations

The graph below shows the different VET related occupations and projected employment opportunities. Currently, there are 193 RTOs delivering SIT30816 Certificate III in Commercial Cookery.

Career Opportunities in Certificate III in Commercial Cookery 

Individuals who complete the SIT30816 Certificate III in Commercial Cookery can work as a commercial cook in restaurants, hotels, inns, clubs, cafes, coffee shops, cafeterias, and similar locations. The SIT30816 Certificate III in Commercial Cookery provides the skills and knowledge required to work as a competent cook. Employment opportunities can be found in several hospitality establishments where food is prepared and served. Career opportunities include

  • Cook /Chef
  • Food and Beverage Manager
  • Catering Manager
  • Restaurant Owner /Operator

Educational Pathways

Students who successfully complete this qualification can proceed to a range of Certificate IV or Diploma level qualifications. It allows students to qualify for a variety of qualifications within the SIT Tourism, Travel and Hospitality Training Package.

Course Duration

The average duration for SIT30816 Certificate III in Commercial Cookery qualification as reported by 18 training providers in My Skills is 30 months. A guide to durations is available at Australian Qualification Framework.

Course Structure and Units

The qualification gives students the opportunity to work with professional chefs and cooks in a variety of kitchen environments. This can be accomplished by giving them the workplace skills by completing placements with industry partners. In order to attain this qualification, 25 units consisting of 21 core units and 4 elective units must be successfully completed.

The core units for Certificate III in Commercial Cookery qualification are:

  • BSBSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • BSBWOR203 Work effectively with others
  • SITHCCC001 Use food preparation equipment
  • SITHCCC005 Prepare dishes using basic methods of cookery
  • SITHCCC006 Prepare appetisers and salads
  • SITHCCC007 Prepare stocks, sauces and soups
  • SITHCCC008 Prepare vegetable, fruit, egg and farinaceous dishes
  • SITHCCC012 Prepare poultry dishes
  • SITHCCC013 Prepare seafood dishes
  • SITHCCC014 Prepare meat dishes
  • SITHCCC018 Prepare food to meet special dietary requirements
  • SITHCCC019 Produce cakes, pastries and bread
  • SITHCCC020 Work effectively as a cook
  • SITHKOP001 Clean kitchen premises and equipment
  • SITHKOP002 Plan and cost basic menus
  • SITHPAT006 Produce desserts
  • SITXFSA001 Use hygienic practices for food safety
  • SITXFSA002 Participate in safe food handling practices
  • SITXHRM001 Coach others in job skills
  • SITXINV002 Maintain the quality of perishable items
  • SITXWHS001 Participate in safe work practices

Course Fees

Average course fees as reported by 17 training providers to My Skills is $11,000. This does not represent the national average course fees for all training organisations. Average course fees are only based on data provided by training providers to My Skills.

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