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From cook to culinary master

Give your apprenticeship some flair. This course will get you to the equivalent level of a qualified demi chef. This pathway is ideal for larger kitchens and for apprentice chefs showing superstar qualities. It would also allow for existing staff with a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery to continue on and upgrade their skills.

There are full time and part time apprenticeships on offer and the program is delivered using a combination of block release, day release and workplace training. Course details

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Mt Gravatt, South Bank

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Workplace/TAFE: nominal duration 48 months

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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

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Practical, hands-on classes combined with state-of-the-art facilities and purpose-built learning areas make us a standout amongst training providers. Better than that though, many of our facilities are acknowledged by industry as being amongst the best in Australia.

Key dates

Location Delivery Key Date
South Bank On campus Workshop Delivery / Face to Face Anytime
Mount Gravatt Workshop 13 only Anytime

1.      TAFE – Workshop delivery / face to face

  • The units of competency in each workshop are indicated in the delivery mode box on the Tafe Queensland Apprentice Professional Cookery Calendar.
  • Each workshop is 3 days (7 hours / day + Independent study)
  • Each workshop is Monday - Wednesday except workshop 10 and 11, these are Tuesday – Thursday.
  • Public holidays may affect workshop dates.
  • The workshops can be studied in any order as long as the pre-requisite unit has been completed SITXFSA001 Use hygienic practices for food safety, however TAFE Queensland would recommend following the study schedule.
  • Dates are subject to change and workshops may cancel due to low enrolments.
  • When attending classes at any TAFE Queensland campus all food and learning materials will be provided to the student

2.      Workplace delivery - off campus / face to face blended with online learning

  • The units of competency are indicated on the Tafe Queensland Apprentice Workplace Delivery Calendar.
  • Regular visits and assessment are scheduled across the term of the apprenticeship as discussed with your Workplace Teacher.
  • Assessments will be conducted at your workplace as and when required by your Workplace Teacher
  • The pre-requisite unit SITXFSA001 Use hygienic practices for food safety must be completed first.
  • For any practical assessments conducted at the students workplace, the workplace will be responsible for providing food items, however learning materials will be provided. Please discuss this with your Workplace Teacher.

Entry requirements

Students must be employed as an apprentice and have a signed Registered Training Contract, stating TAFE Queensland Brisbane is the Supervising Registered Training Organisation (SRTO).

The Queensland Government's Apprenticeships Info website provides information about apprenticeships and traineeships (including school-based) in Queensland.

For further information about probationary periods for this trade qualification, visit Queensland Training Information Service.


Mt Gravatt
1030 Cavendish Road
Mt. Gravatt QLD 4122

South Bank
Ernest Street
South Brisbane QLD 4101

Resources required

No specific resources are required to successfully complete this course.

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.


There are full time and part time apprenticeships on offer and the program is delivered using a range of training options:

·         Workplace delivery – The apprentice is assessed in their workplace by a TAFE Assessor.

·         1 day release – This will be 1 day per week over an 8 week period.

·         2 day release – This will be 2 days per week over an 4 week period.

·         Block release -  This will be 4  days per week over an 2 week period.

South Bank - 2 day and block release options
Mt Gravatt and Bracken Ridge - 1 day release option


The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all units listed on your individual training plan.

Workplace Delivery
SITXINV002 Maintain the quality of perishable items Core
SITHKOP001 Clean kitchen premises and equipment Elective
SITXWHS001 Participate in safe work practices Elective
BSBWOR203 Work effectively with others Elective
Group 1
SITXFSA001 Use hygienic practices for food safety Core
SITXFSA002 Participate in safe food handling practices Core
SITHCCC001 Use food preparation equipment Core
SITHCCC007 Prepare stocks, sauces and soups Core
SITHCCC008 Prepare vegetable, fruit, eggs and farinaceous dishes Core
SITHCCC003 Prepare and present sandwiches Elective
Group 2
SITHCCC006 Prepare appetisers and salads Core
SITHCCC005 Prepare dishes using basic methods of cookery Core
SITHCCC014 Prepare meat dishes Core
SITHASC001 Prepare dishes using basic methods of Asian cookery Elective
Group 3
SITHCCC012 Prepare poultry dishes Core
SITHCCC013 Prepare seafood dishes Core
SITXHRM001 Coach others in job skills Core
SITHCCC021 Prepare specialised food items Elective
Group 4
SITHCCC018 Prepare food to meet special dietary requirements Core
SITHCCC019 Produce cakes, pastries and breads Core
SITHPAT006 Produce desserts Core
SITHCCC017 Handle and serve cheese Elective
Workplace Delivery
SITXWHS003 Implement and monitor work health and safety practices Core
SITXMGT001 Monitor work operations Core
SITXHRM003 Lead and manage people Core
SITXFIN003 Manage finances within a budget Core
SITXCOM005 Manage conflict Core
SITHKOP005 Coordinate cooking operations Core
SITHKOP004 Develop menus for special dietary requirements Core
BSBDIV501 Manage diversity in the workplace Core
BSBSUS401 Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices Core
Online/ Workplace Delivery Group 2
SITHKOP002 Plan and cost basic menus Core
SITHCCC020 Work effectively as a cook Core
Unspecified Elective unit
HLTAID003 Provide first aid Elective


Not all electives available at all campuses

Eligible apprentices and trainees that meet the Queensland state funding requirements will be charged a student contribution fee of $1.60 per nominal hour. For more information on the number of units funded for this course visit Queensland Training Information Services.

Nominal hours for each unit will be outlined in the agreed training plan, which will be provided to the employer and apprentice or trainee, at the time of induction.

Non-funded apprentices and trainees will be charged a fee for service cost. The student and employer contribution fee will be outlined in the training plan and agreed to, prior to the commencement of training.

Federal incentives may be available for employers, apprentices and trainees. Visit the Australian Apprenticeships website for more information.

Students are encouraged to view the TAFE Queensland's Student Fees policy prior to enrolment.

For more information about the costs associated with undertaking an apprenticeship, please give us a call.

Additional costs

Prior to orientation students will be required to purchase a complete uniform kit comprising of a chef hat, two long-sleeved jackets, neckerchief, chef trousers, two aprons and appropriate safety footwear costing approximately $250. Additionally, a full set of tools and equipment costing approximately $250 are required to be purchased by each student. The faculty can provide a full list and information on where to purchase these items. We recommend that students enrolled in this course purchase the basic toolkit.

Please note that all students must be appropriately dressed and have the necessary equipment before entering any practical class.

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


SIT40516 Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery

Job prospects

  • Chef
  • Commis Chef
  • Demi Chef

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

Are you ready to enrol?

If you are already employed as an apprentice or trainee, let your employer know that you want TAFE Queensland Brisbane to be your Supervising Registered Training Organisation (SRTO). Contact the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network to organise your training contract, then give us a call.

If you aren't employed yet, contact Australian JobSearch or a job service agency for help getting a job. Alternatively, contact us on 13 72 48 for further information on how we can help you make great happen.

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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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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 14 December 2017

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