Course Info

Certificate II in Kitchen Operations

National Course Code: SIT20416


The nationally recognised Certificate II in Kitchen Operations builds the technical skills and industry knowledge you need to work in a commercial kitchen as a breakfast cook, catering assistant, fast food cook, sandwich hand or takeaway cook.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • Prepare basic dishes
  • Use hygienic practices
  • Manage perishable items
  • Clean kitchen premises


Develop the personal attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Collaboration and teamwork
  • Effective communication
  • Problem solving
  • Time management and prioritisation
  • Attention to detail


Completing this course will provide you with:

  • A nationally accredited qualification at Certificate II level
  • A strong pathway to continue your studies and enhance your career opportunities
  • Skills and knowledge to start your own sole trader business

Career opportunities:

  • Takeaway cook
  • Sandwich hand
  • Breakfast cook
  • Catering assistant


Take your career further with the:

  • Certificate III in Commercial Cookery
  • Certificate III in Patisserie
  • Statement of Attainment in Hospitality Business Skills


This course is currently available at 36 campus locations across NSW. Enquire now for other locations.

Course details

People who are successful in this industry have:

  • A collaborative nature and enjoy team work
  • Effective communication skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • The ability to work in a high pressure environment

Assessments give you the opportunity to demonstrate what you have learned and to identify the knowledge or skills that may need further development.

In this course you will undertake:

  • Theory based knowledge assessments
  • Practical skills assessments
  • Case study and project work
  • Online modules using a computer

You will also participate in a range of structured workshop activities that allow you to practice your skills before attempting assessments.

This course, the Certificate II in Kitchen Operations is an entry level qualification. It builds the foundational skills and knowledge you need to work in a food preparation role such as breakfast cook, catering assistant, sandwich hand or fast food cook.

Once you complete this course you will be qualified to work in businesses such as restaurants, hotels, catering operations, clubs, pubs, cafes and coffee shops.

You can also take your learning further with one of these related courses:

  • Certificate III in Commercial Cookery
  • Certificate III in Patisserie

You will gain hands-on experience:

  • Preparing food
  • Working in a simulated commercial kitchen
  • Practicing safe hygiene
  • Maintaining the quality of perishable items
  • Providing customer service

Learning in our fully equipped industry standard commercial kitchen will give you the opportunity to get real world experience, such as:

  • Using basic methods of cookery effectively
  • Preparing a variety of dishes
  • Working effectively with others
  • Operating in a safe and hygienic way
  • Working in a high pressure environment

TAFE NSW provides practical, hands-on education in our industry standard commercial kitchens and training restaurants.

TAFE NSW also offers a range of other study environments to enhance your learning and employability, such as:

  • Industry specific computer rooms
  • Library facilities
  • Study areas, classrooms and presentation areas

There are over 24 million people in Australia and they eat out on an average of two to three times a week.
Restaurants in Australia are forecast to generate $18.9 billion in revenue in 2019/20, increasing by an average of 0.2% per year to 2024/25.

Demand for restaurants is likely to expand due to growing food culture, a greater focus on healthy food options and busier lifestyles of people.

A skilled chef can also be a pathway from other occupations such as cook. The number of people working as cooks is expected to grow strongly with employment for this occupation forecast to increase by around 3.6% between 2019/20 and 2024/25.

This qualification was designed with industry to support forecast growth in the hospitality industry over the next three years. Subjects are tailored to industry need so you learn and develop the essential skills for a successful career in the food industry.

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • On campus, Combination
  • Full Time, Part Time

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Glen Innes Connected Learning Centre: Part Time, On campus

  • Max. Fee If Eligible For Subsidy: $1,050.00
  • Start Date: 14 Feb 2022
  • Duration: 15 Weeks

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