Turn up the heat on your hospitality career and master the inner workings of a commercial kitchen. Delegate tasks and boost morale. Model and encourage a supportive and high-functioning kitchen. Gain respect as a head chef locally or internationally.
Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:
Prepare dishes using different techniques, equipment and methods
Develop and adapt menus to meet dietary requirements
Manage kitchen operations, rostering and recruitment of staff
Manage finances and budgeting
Lead and manage a diverse team
Implement and monitor work health and safety practises
Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.
A nationally accredited qualification at Certificate IV level
Management skills and industry knowledge to gain senior kitchen roles locally or internationally
The ability to lead and monitor team performance for a thriving kitchen
This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol
TAFE NSW offers the Certificate IV in Kitchen Management as an apprenticeship. There may also be options available for you to study as a non-apprentice.
To be eligible to enrol as an apprentice, you must:
To be eligible to enrol, you must:
During your study you’ll need to provide your teacher with the following evidence:
A Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills test and achieve a combined score of 15 across the five bands of literacy and 3 across one band of numeracy. This skills test helps us to understand your individual study needs and to provide you with the appropriate support for your study success.
To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:
Good communication skills
An interest in leading and working with others
A passion for cooking and being creative with food
The ability to work under pressure
The ability to pay for equipment including a commercial cookery student uniform and a chef’s toolbox, approximately $350-$420
If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.
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.
Our graduates go onto roles like: chef, chef de partie, sous chef, head chef and small business owner.
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
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.
Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate IV in Kitchen Management qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 33 units of competency, including 27 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.
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
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