National code: SIT20421

Certificate II in Cookery

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Overview About this course

Build the technical skills and industry knowledge you need to enter the cookery or hospitality industries. Gain experience working in a commercial kitchen as a kitchen hand and learn from some of the industry’s best seasoned culinary professionals.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Read recipes and follow instructions

  • Prepare simple dishes using commercial equipment

  • Work with other team members to produce food

  • Prepare and present food in a simulated commercial kitchen

  • Practise safe food preparation and hygiene

  • Receive, store and maintain stock

Course Outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • A nationally accredited qualification at Certificate II level

  • A pathway to further study in cookery and hospitality

  • Confidence and competence to work in a commercial kitchen environment

  • Experience in working during real service periods with customers

  • Skills to apply safe food handling practices

Suitability Is This Course Right For You?

Entry requirements

Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol today.

  • This course is offered as a traineeship. Enquire today to check the eligibility requirements.

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • An interest in pursuing a career in the cookery or hospitality industry

  • Effective communication skills

  • The ability to follow instructions

  • Good multitasking skills and an ability to work in a fast-paced environment

  • An ability to supply your own uniform or toolkit. Your teacher will provide you with a list of required supplies before the start of class.

  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) at a Year 10 high school level

  • TAFE NSW may ask you to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills test.

  • This skills test helps us to understand your individual study needs, to design an individualised plan that supports your study success and ensures your LLN skills match the demands of the course.

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future Career and Study Options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: kitchen hand and kitchen assistant.

Study pathways

Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

Previous study 0 Courses

Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

The Certificate II in Cookery does not have any pre-requisite courses.

Further study 3 Courses

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

Related study 3 Courses

Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate II in Cookery qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 13 units of competency, including 7 core and 6 speciality units.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Participate in safe work practices SITXWHS005

  • Receive, store and maintain stock SITXINV006

  • Use hygienic practices for food safety SITXFSA005

  • Work effectively in a commercial kitchen SITHCCC034

TAFE NSW Services Facilities and Support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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