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Certificate III in Patisserie

  • National Course Code: SIT31016
  • TAFE NSW code: SIT31016-01V01-21ULT-471

Location – Ultimo (Apprenticeship)


Part Time



Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

12 Hours per week


18 Months

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Apprenticeship Allowed
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government

Course Details

The nationally accredited Certificate III in Patisserie equips you with the technical skills and knowledge you need to be a pastry chef or ptissier. Learn how to create a range of delectable desserts with this exciting TAFE NSW course and be part of a growing industry.


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

  • Develop an essential range of patisserie and kitchen operational skills
  • Plan and create a variety of pastries, cakes and desserts
  • Produce desserts
  • Work as part of a busy and high-achieving team
  • Coach and work effectively with others
  • Adhere to and apply food safety standards
  • Participate in work health and safety
  • Use environmentally sustainable work practices


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Creative thinking
  • Problem solving skills
  • Team work and collaboration
  • Effective communication
  • Ability to work in a high-pressure environment


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate III level
  • Pathways to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities
  • Skills and knowledge to start your own business

Career opportunities:

  • Pastry chef
  • Ptissier


Take your career to the next level with these qualifications:

  • Certificate IV in Patisserie
  • Certificate III in Commercial Cookery
  • Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery
  • Diploma of Hospitality Management
  • Advanced Diploma of Hospitality Management

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 knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.


TAFE NSW offers the Certificate III in Patisserie as an apprenticeship. There may also be options available for you to study as a non-apprentice.

To be eligible for this course, you must:

  • Be employed as an apprentice in the Patisserie industry evidenced by a letter of support from your employer
  • Submit your training plan proposal (TPP) with your application

There may be options available for you to study as a non-apprentice.
Our Apprenticeship and Traineeship team will help you understand any eligibility or entry requirements that may apply.


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

  • The ability to work in a high-pressure environment
  • A strong desire to be a leader in a busy kitchen
  • The ability to work with people as part of a team to achieve goals
  • Attention to detail
  • The ability to budget for equipment including a baking student uniform and a Chefs toolbox (approximately AUD$500)

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


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

To be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence that you are:

  • an apprentice (you will work in industry and study at the same time)
  • employed full time
  • signed up with an Apprentice Network Provider and have a Training Plan Proposal
  • seeking to gain skills and knowledge to become a qualified baker after successful completion
  • this is an apprentice only course, you must provide proof of employment

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • to complete all unit assessments to a satisfactory industry standard. The following unit requires participation in industry services SITHCCC011 Use cookery skills effectively.


To find out more about this course, meet our teachers and receive information about enrolment and next steps, attend an information session.

Date Time Location
Wednesday 30 June 2021 11am to 1pm Ultimo Campus, Building E, Level 4, Room E402


This is a Part Time Day, Blended course. You will need to attend approximately 7 hours of class, over 1 day a week, for 18 months. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 5 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 1 hour of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, assignment preparation, work experience and research.


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • are apprentices working as a pastry chef/Patissier.


We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

The way you learn may change during your enrolment to ensure the best learning experience or to keep you safe as COVID-19 restrictions change, and some of our face to face classes may change to online or virtual classroom learning. Also, to ensure that we keep you safe while studying, we may modify our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, there may be a modification or delay in the planned timeframe due to COVID-19 impacts. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

Classes run between and vary from Mon-Fri, and may operate 1-2 days week depending on units offered. Class start times also vary and may run from 7:30-2pm OR 2pm-8:30pm. Your final timetable options will be provided from teaching section.


There are a range of study options for NSW Apprentices and eligible non-apprentices with relevant industry work experience in this course.

Under the NSW Government fee-free apprenticeship initiative, NSW apprentices that commence their training on or after 1 July 2018 may be eligible for fee-free training. Apprentices are required to provide evidence of their NSW apprenticeship to finalise their enrolment and applicable fees.

This course is also a TAFE NSW Trade Pathways Qualification and ideal if you have been working in this industry for an extended period of time but havent received a qualification. To be eligible to enrol as a non-apprentice and secure funding, you must firstly meet the Smart and Skilled eligibility criteria and be:

  • over 21 years of age
  • able to demonstrate and provide evidence of extensive industry experience and
  • able to demonstrate relevant ongoing work experience and provide workplace evidence to support the achievement of competence.
To study this course as a NSW apprentice or to check if you meet the non-apprentice requirements for NSW funding, please enquire now or call 131 601. For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


You will need to provide for yourself the following resources which you will keep when you complete your study:
In addition you are required to purchase uniform, tools and prescribed text for this course at a total cost of approximately $800. Uniform and tools are required from the first lesson and all practical classes. Further information is provided with your timetable.


Learn about TAFE NSW Fees

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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Enrolments for this course have now closed.

Enquire now and we will contact you when enrolments open. Visit our Online Courses to view our range of study options that you can start anytime.

Core Units
Number Title
BSBWOR203 Work effectively with others
SITXFSA001 Use hygienic practices for food safety
SITHCCC001 Use food preparation equipment
SITHCCC011 Use cookery skills effectively
SITHPAT004 Produce yeast-based bakery products
SITHPAT005 Produce petits fours
SITHPAT003 Produce pastries
SITHPAT002 Produce gateaux, torten and cakes
SITHPAT006 Produce desserts
SITHPAT001 Produce cakes
SITHCCC005 Prepare dishes using basic methods of cookery
SITXWHS001 Participate in safe work practices
SITXFSA002 Participate in safe food handling practices
BSBSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
SITXINV002 Maintain the quality of perishable items
SITXHRM001 Coach others in job skills
SITHKOP001 Clean kitchen premises and equipment
Elective Units
Number Title
SITHIND002 Source and use information on the hospitality industry
SITXINV001 Receive and store stock
SITXCCS006 Provide service to customers
SITHCCC018 Prepare food to meet special dietary requirements
SITHFAB005 Prepare and serve espresso coffee

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

Course Location

Ultimo, Main Campus
651-731 Harris Street, Ultimo
Phone 131 601

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