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If you've dreamed of working in a fast-paced restaurant environment, this could be the course for you. You will study basic food preparation and cooking skills to jump start your career in the hospitality industry. This qualification emphasises the practical and theoretical skills you will need to work effectively in a commercial kitchen including hygiene, health and safety, and security procedures. Upon successful completion of the program, you will be ready to seek employment in the hospitality industry as an apprentice or kitchen hand. Course details

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Bracken Ridge, Loganlea, South Bank

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Full time: 6 weeks / up to 5 days per week

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  • Full Fee $3,310

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1300 712 007

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Tara Bain

Let's celebrate the tastemakers

I kicked off my gastronomic career as a school-based apprentice through TAFE Queensland Brisbane four years ago, where I quickly grew a strong passion for cooking and the industry.

Tara Bain
Certificate III in Events, Certificate III in Hospitality
TAFE Queensland Brisbane

TAFE Queensland Brisbane offers the best hospitality training in Queensland

A TAFE Queensland Brisbane qualification is the secret ingredient you need for a hot career in hospitality. Our teachers will give you the recipe for success at our state-of-the-art College of Tourism and Hospitality (COTAH). Boasting a 200 seat fine-dining restaurant, 100 seat bistro, 10 professional kitchens and a 60 seat theatre and demo kitchen, this world-class facility will have you mastering the art of working in a commercial kitchen, catering for events and functions and much more!

A day in the life of an apprentice chef

TAFE Queensland Brisbane's experienced teachers, purpose-built facilities and industry connections mean Cassy is getting the best training available. With her impressive credentials, she landed herself a job at one of Brisbane's best restaurants.

Key dates

Bracken Ridge 29 Jan 2018 Full time / up to 5 days per week Classroom
Loganlea 29 Jan 2018 Full time / up to 5 days per week Classroom
South Bank 17 Jul 2017 Full time / up to 5 days per week Classroom
29 Jan 2018 Full time / up to 5 days per week Classroom

Entry requirements

This qualification has no formal entry criteria however TAFE Queensland Brisbane has the following selection criteria for this qualification

School Leavers must have completed Year 10 or equivalent
Non school-leavers are selected according to eligibility and merit, vocational experience, previous study and personal competencies.

If you’re under 17 years of age, special enrolment conditions may apply.


Bracken Ridge
157 Norris Road
Bracken Ridge QLD 4017

50-68 Armstrong Road
Meadowbrook QLD 4131

South Bank
Ernest Street
South Brisbane QLD 4101

Resources required

It is recommended that students have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system Connect and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for students to use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

COTAH is a hub of industry activity with frequent visits from Hospitality employers to all campuses and we have a strong commitment to showing our students and our College in the best light - with professional presentation a must for this customer facing industry, Therefore Uniforms for Hospitality are compulsory across all TAFE Queensland Brisbane campuses. Uniforms are to be worn at all times on and off campus, theory and practical, plus during any/all excursions. This ensures that our students are recognised by Industry as highly employable graduates with impeccable standards of presentation and dress. 

Some uniform items are included in the course cost, these are: 1 polo shirt; 1 Apron; 1 Hat. Students will be fitted in their first week of study.

Students will be able to purchase any additional uniform items at their own cost.


Weeks 1-4: up to 5 days per week (plus independent learning off campus)
Week 5: 5 days of off campus work experience
Week 6: Job Club at SB (1 day - 3 hours)

View the timetable. Please note, the timetable for future semesters may differ to the current schedule. If you need help or can't find what you're looking for, give us a call on 1300 712 007.

Important Information

As part of this course you will be required to undertake 5 days’ work experience off campus within industry.


The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 5 elective units from the list below. Electives may differ between TAFE Queensland locations and regions.

SITHCCC003 Prepare and present sandwiches Elective
SITHCCC002 Prepare and present simple dishes Elective
SITXCCS003 Interact with customers Elective
SITXCOM002 Show social and cultural sensitivity Elective
SITXINV001 Receive and store stock Elective
BSBWOR203 Work effectively with others Core
SITHCCC001 Use food preparation equipment Core
SITHCCC005 Prepare dishes using basic methods of cookery Core
SITHCCC011 Use cookery skills effectively Core
SITHKOP001 Clean kitchen premises and equipment Core
SITXFSA001 Use hygienic practices for food safety Core
SITXINV002 Maintain the quality of perishable items Core
SITXWHS001 Participate in safe work practices Core


Not all electives available at all campuses

What are my payment options

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland Brisbane has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, call us on 1300 712 007. We're here to help.



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Full fee

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Payment Plan

If you have difficulty paying the full cost of a course up front you might be eligible for a payment plan. This will allow you to pay for your course in instalments, rather than one upfront payment at the time of enrolment.


The Queensland Government will offset the cost of study for eligible students. You will still need to pay for a portion of your study costs. The amount above is what you will need to pay.

Certificate 3 Guarantee

You can receive a subsidy towards one certificate III qualification from a list of subsidised courses.

You're eligible for the Certificate 3 Guarantee if you:

  • Are 15 years or older and no longer in school
  • Living in Queensland full time
  • Are an Australian or New Zealand citizen, permanent resident, or temporary resident with the necessary visa or work permits
  • And don't currently have (or are enrolled in) a certificate 3 or higher level qualification.

Give us a call to find out more.

If you're a Queensland resident, have just finished year 12 and are keen to start your studies within the next calendar year, you might be eligible to study fee free!

The Queensland government has identified a number of industries with a high demand for trained workers. To help fill these gaps, they will pay the full cost of a number of certificate III qualifications in high-priority study areas under the Certificate 3 Guarantee and User Choice programs.

We want school leavers to gain the important skills and training they need before starting their university studies or careers - debt-free.

For more info, check out the Training Queensland website, or call TAFE Queensland Brisbane on 13 72 48.


You are eligible for the concession price of a course if you are eligible for subsidised training, and are listed on an Australian Government Low Income Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, if you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, you hold a Department of Veterans' Affairs Pensioner Concession Card, or if you have a disability. Further information about concessions.

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Additional costs

Prior to orientation students will be required to purchase the following uniforms for kitchen classes at an approximate cost of $100:

  • Black pants
  • Appropriate safety footwear (These must be black, enclosed shoes with a non-slip sole, no trainers are permitted into kitchens).

Please note that all students must be appropriately dressed before entering any practical class and bring their uniforms to all practical classes.

Students can also access a range of print, copy, scan and fax services via MyPrint.


SIT20416 Certificate II in Kitchen Operations

Job prospects

  • Cook
  • Kitchenhand
  • Food Preparation Assistant

Tara Bain

Let's celebrate the tastemakers

I kicked off my gastronomic career as a school-based apprentice through TAFE Queensland Brisbane four years ago, where I quickly grew a strong passion for cooking and the industry.

Tara Bain
Certificate III in Events, Certificate III in Hospitality
TAFE Queensland Brisbane

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  • checked your important dates (under the course details tab)
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  • checked your course costs and know which payment option is right for you
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  • Read the Student Rules and Withdrawals and Refund Policy
  • Created your Unique Student Identifier and can provide this to TAFE Queensland.

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Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning

Fast-track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner.

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At the beginning of each semester we host orientation events across our locations so you can meet your teachers and classmates, get to know your campus, and familiarise yourself with your study schedule. We also throw in a bunch of free activities, because... why not? We like to have fun.

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Note: All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolments.

Last updated on 21 June 2017

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