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1 Year


The Certificate III in Commercial Cookery enables you to become more skilled, competent, and knowledgeable in all aspects of cooking, including food preparation and food safety. When you complete this course you'll be able to take your passion to the next level and transfer it into your work life as well.

Learn to use a range of equipment and tools to prepare an array of delicious dishes including poultry, seafood, meat, vegetables and desserts. Get experience to work safely and effectively in a kitchen using clear communication with cultural sensitivity. Gain skills to plan and cost menus, manage stock and keep the kitchen clean. You'll also practice hygienic and safe food handling.


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

  • Make a variety of local and international cuisine and to maintain a balance of flavours
  • Create dishes with several elements when under time constraints
  • Create different dishes according to dietary preferences
  • Gain a sound understanding of flavour profiles and diverse palates
  • Cook for real customers during service periods


Build your experience and get practical skills in: 

  • Creating a range of culinary dishes inspired by local and international cuisine
  • Planning and developing recipes
  • Using different cookery methods and techniques to highlight specific ingredients
  • Cooking dishes according to dietary requirements
  • Working with other team members to produce food
  • Applying safe work, hygienic and sustainable practices


Develop the qualities you need to get ahead in this industry:

  • A sense of adventure and creativity in the kitchen
  • The ability to taste, judge and appreciate different flavours
  • Attention to detail and the ability to problem solve
  • A passion for a variety of cuisines
  • The ability to work in a high-pressure environment
  • High standards of personal presentation and hygiene


This qualification could help you prepare for roles like:

  • Commercial Cook
  • Chef


When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledgeand skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

Academic Requirements:

English Language Requirements:

  • Academic IELTS 6.0 (with no individual band less than 5.5) or equivalent

Additional Requirements:

  • The NSW Liquor and Gaming regulations require students to be 18 years of age or older if they are undertaking units that involve the service of alcohol and/or gaming operations.

TAFE NSW makes every effort to ensure your Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) needs are met. The level of support you need may be assessed via a review of your LLN skills with written tasks and a one-on-one interview. If you need to strengthen your LLN skills, an individual training plan will be created with you.

Work placement builds on the knowledge and skills you gain in your course and helps prepare you for success in the workplace.

During your course, you'll be required to complete 144 hours of mandatory work placement during scheduled service periods. This will be conducted in a real industry environment. Work placement is made up of 48 service periods or shifts in a commercial kitchen. You will complete up to 27 service periods at the TAFE on-campus restaurant as part of your coursework. For you to complete the required remaining 21 service periods, you will need to seek work placement or employment with a suitable commercial kitchen.

To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you have:

  • The ability to work in a high-pressure environment
  • The ability to work autonomously or as part of a team
  • Attention to detail and a love for food and flavours

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.

The NSW Liquor and Gaming regulations require students to be at least 18 years old if they undertake units that involve the service of alcohol and/or gaming operations.

You need to be at least 18 years old to complete the electives below:

  • Provide responsible service of alcohol (RSA)
  • Provide responsible gambling services (RCG)

Students who complete the RSA and RCG electives will receive a competency card from NSW Liquor and Gaming allowing you to serve or supply alcohol and/or work with gaming machines.


From mountains to oceans, from cities to country towns, international students can choose from a range of courses offered at multiple campus locations across the state. Experience our vibrant spaces such as libraries, cafes and gyms as well as places you can network and socialise.

Learn more about TAFE NSW study locations

LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Hamilton Feb , Jul A$19,040
Ourimbah Feb , Jul A$19,040
Wollongong Feb , Jul A$19,040
LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Ourimbah Feb , Jul A$19,040
Wollongong Feb , Jul A$19,040


Additional costs for uniforms, equipment, textbooks and materials (if applicable) range from A$300 - $1,000 per course.


TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the resources, counselling and facilities to support you while you are studying.

We offer a range of support services including: 

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service 
  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy, and Numeracy (LLN) support  
  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling, and Pathways Service  
  • Smarthinking – online access to a tutor 
  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource that offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills


To receive this course students must complete all core units and a range of Additional units. 

Note: Additional units may vary between each semester and campus, and will depend on a number of considerations including the packaging rules for the qualification and demand for the unit at that location. TAFE NSW does not guarantee that speciality units listed will be offered at each location and semester. You will receive your timetable from the teaching section on commencement and speciality units offered will be provided at that time.

  • Packaging Rules 25 units must be completed:
  • 20 core units
  • 5 elective units, consisting of:3 units from Group A or Group B below
  • 2 units from Group A, Group B or Group C below.
  • All electives chosen must contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome.
  • Core Units
  • SITHCCC023 - Use food preparation equipment
  • SITHCCC027 - Prepare dishes using basic methods of cookery
  • SITHCCC028 - Prepare appetisers and salads
  • SITHCCC029 - Prepare stocks, sauces and soups
  • SITHCCC030 - Prepare vegetable, fruit, eggs and farinaceous dishes
  • SITHCCC031 - Prepare vegetarian and vegan dishes
  • SITHCCC035 - Prepare poultry dishes
  • SITHCCC036 - Prepare meat dishes
  • SITHCCC037 - Prepare seafood dishes
  • SITHCCC041 - Produce cakes, pastries and breads
  • SITHCCC042 - Prepare food to meet special dietary requirements
  • SITHCCC043 - Work effectively as a cook
  • SITHKOP009 - Clean kitchen premises and equipment
  • SITHKOP010 - Plan and cost recipes
  • SITHPAT016 - Produce desserts
  • SITXFSA005 - Use hygienic practices for food safety
  • SITXFSA006 - Participate in safe food handling practices
  • SITXHRM007 - Coach others in job skills
  • SITXINV006 - Receive, store and maintain stock
  • SITXWHS005 - Participate in safe work practices
  • SITHCCC026 - Package prepared foodstuffs
  • SITHCCC040 - Prepare and serve cheese
  • SITHCCC044 - Prepare specialised food items
  • SITHCCC039 - Produce pates and terrines
  • HLTAID011 - Provide first aid
  • SITHCCC025 - Prepare and present sandwiches
  • BSBSUS211 - Participate in sustainable work practices
  • SITXCCS014 - Provide service to customers
  • SITHCCC038 - Produce and serve food for buffets
  • SITXCOM007 - Show social and cultural sensitivity


From certificates to diplomas, degrees to study packages, you can take your study further with us.


Build your expertise with a TAFE NSW hospitality study pathway:

At TAFE NSW Wollongong

  • You can apply for a package of Certificate III in Commercial Cookery (1 year) and Diploma of Hospitality Management (1 year). (Package Duration: 2 Years).


Plan your study around your life with a TAFE NSW study package. Our study packages allow for multiple courses to be packaged together that can lead you to a TAFE NSW or an Australian University Bachelor Degree with credits. This gives you a one stop shop by completing your applications for the whole package through TAFE NSW allowing you to apply for one student Visa for the full duration of the package.

TAFE NSW allows for two or more courses to be packaged together, either to meet the prerequisite requirements for a course or to plan your studies around your career goals. You can submit a single TAFE NSW application form and will be able to apply for one Student Visa for the full duration of the package.