Tourism and Hospitality

SIT30816 Certificate III in Commercial Cookery

SIT30816 Certificate III Commercial Cookery is part of the Tourism, Travel and Hospitality Training Package.

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, individuals work with some independence and limited supervision using plans, policies and procedures to guide work activities. This qualification provides the skills and knowledge for an individual to be competent as a qualified cook.

This qualification provides a pathway to work as a commercial cook in organisations such as restaurants, hotels, aged care, prisons, cruise ships, ski resorts, catering businesses, clubs, pubs and cafés.

This industry is well suited to those who have a passion for cookery and looking to travel abroad or locally.

Employers are looking for commitment, diligence and a desire to cook. Participants who are looking to gain skills in this area, should be aware of the hours of the industry for example, common requirements to work evenings and weekends.

Participants enrolled in this qualification are under contract with an employer. The course involves study both on and off the job.

Career Opportunities

This course may lead to the following career opportunities:

  • Commis Chef
  • Demi chef de partie
  • Chef de Partie
  • Chef Saucier
  • Chef Entremetier
  • Chef Garde Manger

Study Pathways

This course may be a pathway to further study. Related courses include:

Location, dates and times

Enrolment can occur at any time of the year for on the job apprentices at Drysdale South, Drysdale North and Drysdale Northwest.

The duration for SIT30816 Certificate III Commercial Cookery is 48 months for full time apprentices and 60 months for part-time apprentices.

For more information go to our Apprenticeship and Traineeship page or phone 1300 655 307

Learning Options

  • Classroom/ Kitchen (All study is undertaken in a classroom or kitchen environment)
  • Workplace (On the job assessment in conjunction with Drysdale classes)

All Drysdale SIT30816 – Certificate III Commercial Cookery units will have components of theory, practical observations/assessments and online study.

Assessment Process

Assessments are designed to help you demonstrate your skills and knowledge. They allow us to confirm you can perform to the standard required in the workplace, to meet all of the requirements of the course.

Examples of assessments for this course may include;

  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Verbal questioning
  • Projects
  • Observations on the job and/or in a simulated assessment environment
  • Workplace logbook

Recognition of Prior Learning

It makes sense that you should be recognised for the things you already know how to do. TasTAFE can assess your skills and knowledge based on your previous education, work history or life experience. This may help you gain your qualification a whole lot faster.

For further details please refer to our Recognition of Prior Learning page.

Fees and Payments

For further fee and payment information visit our Fees and Payment page.

What will I need to bring?


Students are required to have the following equipment as part of their training, this may vary depending on the unit:

1st stage:

  • Set of professional knives including: cooks knife, paring knife, serrated bread knife (domestic kitchen knives are not accepted).
  • Sharpening steel and stone (optional – you must keep and maintain a sharp knife).
  • Spatula, bowl scraper and vegetable peeler.
  • Gas igniter or matches (no lighters are allowed in class), measuring set spoons and cups, thermometer, tongs, whisk, wooden spoon, ruler, timer, scale – max. 5kg, tasting spoon, fork and knife.

2nd stage:

  • boning knife, flexible filleting knife, palette knife crank handle + palette knife flat, piping bag, nozzles (plain and star), pastry brush.
  • Other useful but not essential items are: oyster shucker, lemon squeezer, tweezers, fish de-boner, mircroplane, turning knife, zester, parisienne scoop and apple corer.

3rd stage

  • All of the above

All knives and equipment must be contained in an appropriate chefs roll bag or tool box

Are there ‘other’ costs?

Resources:  $357
Excursion:  $70
Total Cost:  $427

Essential Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.


Contact us today to find out if this is the right course for you.

Student Support

TasTAFE’s enrolment and orientation process provides information about our resources, services and support. Further details relating to Student Support Services are available at our Student Support Services page.


SIT30816 Certificate III Commercial Cookery

Students who do not successfully complete the qualification will be issued with a ‘Statement of Attainment’ listing all successfully completed units.

Qualification Requirements

To achieve SIT30816 Certificate III in Commercial Cookery, twenty-five units of competence must be successfully completed. These include twenty-one core units and four electives.

The four elective units can be selected from the named electives in the qualification, or from elsewhere in the SIT Training Package, or any other current Training Package or accredited course.


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