This course is offered as an apprenticeship as well as a non apprenticeship course.

Gain the culinary skills and expertise you need with our commercial cookery course. If you’re a mature aged student who would like to become a qualified commercial cook, this non-apprenticeship course is for you.

In this culinary course, you will learn everything from making bread and filleting fish, to creating menus and cooking specialist dishes from recipes provided by top chefs. Gain a Level II First Aid certificate and be ready and able to work as a food safety supervisor.

In our cooking course, grab the opportunity to enter a range of prestigious industry awards and competitions, such as the ‘Fonterra Food Services Proud to be a Chef’ competition.

National Code SIT30816
Study Areas Culinary Arts
Study Level Apprenticeship
Study Type Local
Study Mode

FT: 1 year

Course Type Apprenticeship
Campuses Box Hill Campus​​

Tuition Fee Type Estimated Annual Fee
Apprentice Gov. Subsidised $2,313.00
Apprentice Concession $463.00
Full Tuition Fee $15,725.00
Service Fees Estimated Annual Fees
Service & Amenities* $155.00
Core Skills Support** $75.00
Annual Material Fees $1,295.00
Retain Course Items*** No fee applies

* Does not apply to VETiS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETiS, International students, Short Courses, Graduate Degrees , or re-enrolling students who re-enrol in the same course.

***Retained Course Items are purchased by the student once prior to commencing. The course items bought by the student become the property of the student. Such items retain a generic application for other purposes outside the student's course of study (e.g. textbooks).

Annual student tuition & material fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees listed are for 2019 and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. Advertised start dates and delivery locations are subject to viable student numbers. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

This training is provided to eligible individuals with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments

February and July

Full time: 1 year (this course is designed to simulate conditions in a restaurant environment and you may need to attend classes between 6am and 11pm, Monday to Saturday)

Box Hill

This course is suited to those currently employed (or seeking employment) in the industry.


To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs the Institute and CAE will assess all students’ language, literacy and numeracy and digital literacy by asking you to undertake a self-assessment review prior to the enrolment.

A course advisor will discuss the outcomes of the review and make recommendations about whether the course is suitable for you, and identify additional support where required.

Successful completion will enable you to apply for the Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery, the Certificate IV in Catering Operations or the Certificate IV in Patisserie.

Direct entry

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 3

This course may provide you with employment opportunities as a head chef in small businesses or as a sous chef in larger kitchens. You may find work in a range of commercial kitchen environments such as hotels, restaurants, cafes, clubs, event catering organisations, airlines, hospitals, student accommodation areas, industry cafeterias and corporate organisations.

Last updated: February 22, 2019 12:59pm