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Offering Info

Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery

  • National Course Code: SIT40516
  • TAFE NSW code: SIT40516-01V01-20BMT-102

Location – Blue Mountains, Wentworth Falls

Study Type

Part Time Day

Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

15.2 Hours per week

Duration

18 Weeks

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

Course Details

Perfect your cookery skills and leadership style as a Chef or Chef de Partie with the nationally recognised Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery. Learn to manage people, business operations and develop menus for your own restaurant, cafe or commercial kitchen while mastering the art of creating delicious dishes.

LEARN NEW SKILLS

Through theory and practical course work you will learn how to:

  • Prepare dishes uses different techniques, equipment and methods
  • Develop and adapt menus to cater for special dietary requirements
  • Manage kitchen operations - stock control, plan and cost menus, plan operations
  • Lead a team and coach individuals
  • Manage human resources - rostering, handle conflict
  • Manage the business - marketing, finance management and budgeting
  • Work health and safety practices

DEVELOP YOUR TALENT

Develop the leadership skills and attributes needed to run a kitchen and small business, including how to:

  • Coach individuals in a high performing team
  • Collaborate and work together
  • Communicate effectively
  • Problem solve

ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS

Complete this course and gain:

  • A nationally recognised industry trade qualification
  • Skills and knowledge to open your own cafe, restaurant or coffee shop

Career opportunities include:

  • Chef - small restaurant or cafe
  • Chef de Partie - large hotel
  • Culinary artist

GROW YOUR CAREER

Push your hospitality skills and knowledge to a senior level with:

  • Diploma or Advanced Diploma of Hospitality Management

INDUSTRY DEMAND

There are over 24 million people in Australia and we all eat out two to three times a week on average. The food industry is strong and expected to grow over the three years to 2023.

Our busy lifestyles, growing food culture and greater focus on healthy food options is driving our restaurant demand. Chefs are in short supply in NSW and this shortage has been impacting industry for the past three years.

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 IV in Commercial Cookery as either an apprenticeship or non-apprenticeship, so you can cook up the career you want.

Apprenticeship

To be eligible for this course, you must:

  • Be employed as an apprentice cook/chef evidenced by a letter of support from your employer
  • Submit your training plan proposal (TPP) with your application

Non-apprenticeship

You will need to be either:

Experienced in commercial cookery

To be eligible for a subsidised place in this course as a non-apprentice, you must provide evidence, such as a resume or letter of support from your employer, of current industry experience.

Your workplace evidence will be reviewed prior to course entry to make sure your skills and knowledge meet course requirements. If there are gaps in your industry experience, you will need to complete simulated work activities to ensure you are able to meet work evidence requirements.

New to commercial cookery

You will need to secure work placement (details below) to meet the on-the-job component of your training. It is important to know that there is no government subsidy available for this study option. Talk to our team about your payment options.

IS THIS COURSE RIGHT FOR YOU?

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

  • A good communicator
  • Comfortable working with numbers
  • Interested in leading teams and working with others
  • Passionate about cooking and being creative with food
  • Able to work under pressure

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

Note: You will need to purchase a student uniform and chefs toolkit to successfully complete this course. These items cost around $400. Details will be provided at enrolment.

WORK PLACEMENT

Apprenticeship

There is no work placement requirement for apprentices undertaking this qualification, as you will gain your experience on-the-job with your employer.

Non-apprenticeship

If you are enrolling as a non-apprentice, in order to meet the completion requirements you will need to either:

  • Be in relevant employment (those experienced in commercial cookery), or
  • Complete work placement (those who are new to commercial cookery)

New to commercial cookery

During your course you will undertake a mandatory 60 service periods (shifts) in a commercial kitchen as part of your work placement. Your service periods can be completed in either your work place, a work placement arrangement, or in the TAFE NSW restaurant on your campus.

You are responsible for arranging your own work placement. Our team can offer support and guidance to help you.

If you are already working in the industry, our delivery team will assess the suitability of your commercial kitchen to ensure it meets training and assessment requirements.

TAFE NSW monitors your work placement and provides you with support whenever needed. You will also be provided with service period log book to keep track of your service periods which are verified by your workplace supervisor.

Note: We recommend that you secure employment in a suitable commercial kitchen before your course starts. This real world experience will support your learning, help you to be successful in assessments and enhance your future employability.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

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:

  • Learners will require a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery or be currently working or have recently been employed as a cook in a Commercial Kitchen

INFORMATION SESSIONS

There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.

STUDY COMMITMENT

This is a part time day course. You will need to attend approximately 15.2 hours of class, over 2 days a week, for 18 weeks. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 1.7 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 5.3 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including Assessment/Assignment Preparation and Private Study

IS THIS COURSE RIGHT FOR YOU?

This course offering is designed for people who:

  • are seeking to upgrade their current qualification or gain recognition for current Commercial Cookery experience. Learners must hold a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery or demonstrate current skills to gain Recognition of Prior Learning for the units contained in the Cert. III Commercial Cookery. The learners will currently be employed or recently employed in a commercial kitchen. Employment opportunities to work as cooks in a supervisory or team leader role in organisations such as restaurants, hotels, motels, clubs, pubs, cafes, and coffee shops and existing workers to upskill and gain a qualification.

Study Pathways;
On completion of this course learners may enrol in the following;
SIT50416 - Diploma of Hospitality Management

Employment Pathways;
The following employment pathways are available to learners who complete this qualification:
Kitchen Supervisor or Team Leader

SERVICES AND STUDY SUPPORT

There are additional learning and study tools available for this course, including:

  • N/A

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 Lynda.com)
  • Studiosity - online access to a real life tutor
  • 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

To keep you safe while studying, some of our face to face classes may be replaced with online or connected learning. We have also modified our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. As restrictions ease, the way you attend your class may change again. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, due to the impacts of COVID 19 there may be a delay or modification in being able to undertake these aspects of your course in the planned timeframe. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursday from 9.30am to 3.30pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.

SMART AND SKILLED FEES

This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. Payment plans are available through TAFE NSW for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

You will need to provide for yourself the following resources which you will keep when you complete your study:

  • Tool Box $325
  • Uniform $ 135

READ BEFORE YOU ENROL

Learn about TAFE NSW Fees

Learn about TAFE NSW Payment/Funding

RECOGNITION

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

Incidental Cost
  • Student Association - $20.00

Enquire now for Semester 2 2020 and be notified when enrolments open.

TAFE NSW is open for business so to find out more information on this course including when it will start and how it will be delivered (face-to-face, in a virtual classroom, self-paced, online or a mixture), submit an online enquiry by clicking the Enquire Now button on this page. You can also call 131 601 during business hours* to chat with a member of our friendly customer service team.

* Our customer service team are available from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm AEST.

Core Units
Number Title
BSBSUS401 Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
SITHCCC001 Use food preparation equipment
SITHCCC005 Prepare dishes using basic methods of cookery
SITHCCC006 Prepare appetisers and salads
SITHCCC008 Prepare vegetable, fruit, eggs and farinaceous dishes
SITHCCC012 Prepare poultry dishes
BSBDIV501 Manage diversity in the workplace
SITHCCC007 Prepare stocks, sauces and soups
SITHCCC018 Prepare food to meet special dietary requirements
SITHCCC013 Prepare seafood dishes
SITHCCC014 Prepare meat dishes
SITHCCC019 Produce cakes, pastries and breads
SITHKOP002 Plan and cost basic menus
SITXFSA002 Participate in safe food handling practices
SITXHRM001 Coach others in job skills
SITXHRM003 Lead and manage people
SITXINV002 Maintain the quality of perishable items
SITXMGT001 Monitor work operations
SITXWHS003 Implement and monitor work health and safety practices
SITHCCC020 Work effectively as a cook
SITHKOP004 Develop menus for special dietary requirements
SITHKOP005 Coordinate cooking operations
SITHPAT006 Produce desserts
SITXCOM005 Manage conflict
SITXFIN003 Manage finances within a budget
SITXFSA001 Use hygienic practices for food safety
Elective Units
Number Title
SITHCCC003 Prepare and present sandwiches
SITXHRM002 Roster staff
BSBWRT301 Write simple documents
SITXWHS002 Identify hazards, assess and control safety risks
SITXFIN002 Interpret financial information
SITXHRM006 Monitor staff performance
SITXINV004 Control stock

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

Blue Mountains, Wentworth Falls
Mitchell Street, Wentworth Falls
Phone 131 601

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