About the course

About the course

Gain the culinary skills and expertise you need with our commercial cookery course. If you’re a mature age student or international student who'd like to become a qualified commercial cook, this non-apprenticeship course may be ideal for you.

In our cookery course, you'll learn everything from making bread and filleting fish, to creating menus and cooking specialist dishes from recipes provided by top chefs. 

During our cooking course, you can take the opportunity to enter a range of prestigious industry awards and competitions.

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Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

February and July

Full time: 12 months 

This course is designed to simulate conditions in a restaurant environment and you may be required to attend classes between 6am and 11pm, Monday to Saturday.

This is a blended delivery course which will include a combination of online, remote and face to face delivery. Blended learning can involve a range of online programs and resources including StudentWeb, Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex, Skype, specific industry platforms, pre-recorded sessions, assigned reading, tutorials, discussion boards, and online activities. Blended learning also involves face-to-face attendance at classes or practical placements.

For information regarding dates such as enrolment, orientation and study breaks please visit the Academic Calendars page

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Career Outcomes

This course sets you up to apply for employment opportunities such as head chef in a small businesses or sous chef in larger kitchens. You may go on to find work in a range of commercial kitchen environments such as hotels, restaurants, cafes, clubs, event catering organisations, airlines, hospitals, industry cafeterias and corporate organisations.

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Entry Requirements

You must have completed Australian Year 11 or international equivalent or be a mature-age applicant.



To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs, Box Hill Institute 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.


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Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

Pathways & Accreditation

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

International students: you may wish to apply or package this course with the Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery, Diploma of Hospitality Management (Specialising in Commercial Cookery) and the Bachelor of Hospitality Management at Box Hill Institute.

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

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

Fees & Finance Options

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

Free TAFEGovernment Subsidised ConcessionFull Fee
Tuition Fee$0$805$13,043
Service Fee$166$166$166
Core Skills Support Fee$83$83$83
Material Fee$1,563$1,563$1,563
Retain Course Items$0$0$0
Total Course Estimate$1,812$2,617$14,855
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$1,812$2,617$14,855

Retain Course Items are purchased once by the student prior to commencing. Those items then become the property of the student. Fees listed are at 2022 rates and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. The student tuition fees listed are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

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Course Structure

You will need to complete 25 units

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