National code: SIT30916

Certificate III in Catering Operations

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Overview About this course

Combine your passion for food with strong customer service skills and launch a dynamic career as a trained catering professional. Fine-tune your skills, prepare dishes under realistic condition and graduate ready to step into the endless opportunities of the broad catering industry.

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Prepare and present simple dishes

  • Maintain the quality of perishable items

  • Use hygienic practices for food safety

  • Prepare dishes using basic methods of cookery

  • Work effectively in a high-pressure environment

Course Outcomes

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

  • Real-world experience through completing 20 mandatory service periods (work placement) in a work place or simulated work environment

  • Knowledge of hygienic practices for food safety

  • Skills to prepare dishes using basic methods of cookery

  • Work effectively in a high-pressure environment

  • Practical skills to work in a fast-paced and exciting industry

  • Strong pathways to continue your studies and enhance your career opportunities

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:

  • The ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment

  • The willingness to wake up early and/or work late at night to enjoy a professional career as a caterer.

  • A passion for cooking and being creative with food

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: Catering assistant, Cook and Food service assistant

Study pathways

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

Previous study 1 Course

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

Further study 2 Courses

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

Related study 2 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 III in Catering Operations qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 21 Units of competency, including 12 core and 9 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.

  • Use food preparation equipment SITHCCC001

  • Clean kitchen premises and equipment SITHKOP001

  • Maintain the quality of perishable items SITXINV002

  • Prepare dishes using basic methods of cookery SITHCCC005

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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