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Offering Info

Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery

  • National Course Code: SIT40516
  • TAFE NSW code: SIT40516-01V01-20OUR-999

Location – Ourimbah (Apprenticeship)

Study Type

Part Time Day

Course Start Date

Anytime

Study Commitment

11.3 Hours per week

Duration

3 Years

  • 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 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 chef after successful completion

To successfully complete this course, you will need to achieve competency in all units delivered.

STUDY COMMITMENT

This is a part time day apprenticeship course. You will need to attend approximately 5.8 hours of class, over 1 day a week, for 2.5 years. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 5.5 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 15 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, research and assignment preparation.


IS THIS COURSE RIGHT FOR YOU?

This course offering is designed for people who:

  • have an apprenticeship and want to study Commercial Cookery

SERVICES AND STUDY SUPPORT

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

  • Library services on campus, Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm
  • Disability and Counselling Services on campus

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

Australian Apprenticeships training can be on-the-job, off-the-job or a combination of both. TAFE NSW will negotiate your attendance and study pattern with you and your employer.

SMART AND SKILLED FEES

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?

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

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

  • Toolbox: $250.00 (approximately)
  • Full chefs uniform: $70.00 (approximately)
  • Black leather workboots/shoes suitable for a kitchen: $75.00 (approximately)

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

Before you can start an apprenticeship, you first need to find an employer in the industry you're interested in that will support you through your studies. You and your employer should contact an Apprenticeship Network Provider (ANP) and tell them you're interested in studying at TAFE NSW.

The ANP will help you and your employer to complete a Training Contract. Once you have a Training Contract, we will help you, your employer and the ANP to complete a Training Plan Proposal. Once you have both these documents, the ANP will lodge them with State Training Services, who will provide further advice about next steps.

Find out more: https://www.training.nsw.gov.au/apprenticeships_traineeships/index.html

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

Find out more about Applying and Enrolling

Core Units
Number Title
SITXHRM001 Coach others in job skills
SITHKOP005 Coordinate cooking operations
SITHKOP004 Develop menus for special dietary requirements
BSBSUS401 Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
SITXWHS003 Implement and monitor work health and safety practices
SITXHRM003 Lead and manage people
SITXINV002 Maintain the quality of perishable items
SITXCOM005 Manage conflict
BSBDIV501 Manage diversity in the workplace
SITXFIN003 Manage finances within a budget
SITXMGT001 Monitor work operations
SITXFSA002 Participate in safe food handling practices
SITHKOP002 Plan and cost basic menus
SITHCCC006 Prepare appetisers and salads
SITHCCC005 Prepare dishes using basic methods of cookery
SITHCCC018 Prepare food to meet special dietary requirements
SITHCCC014 Prepare meat dishes
SITHCCC012 Prepare poultry dishes
SITHCCC013 Prepare seafood dishes
SITHCCC007 Prepare stocks, sauces and soups
SITHCCC008 Prepare vegetable, fruit, eggs and farinaceous dishes
SITHCCC019 Produce cakes, pastries and breads
SITHPAT006 Produce desserts
SITHCCC001 Use food preparation equipment
SITXFSA001 Use hygienic practices for food safety
SITHCCC020 Work effectively as a cook
Elective Units
Number Title
BSBITU202 Create and use spreadsheets
BSBITU306 Design and produce business documents
SITHCCC017 Handle and serve cheese
SITXWHS002 Identify hazards, assess and control safety risks
SITXFIN002 Interpret financial information
SITXINV001 Receive and store stock
SITXHRM002 Roster staff

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

Ourimbah
Brush Road, Ourimbah
Phone 131 601

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