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 will be replaced

Please note: This course will change in the near future and alterations to the structure will occur. All new students will be enrolled into the new course.

Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

January and July

Full time: 1 year 

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

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Career & Learning 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 and Academic Requirements

International students must have completed an Australian Year 11 or international equivalent with a pass. 

PLEASE NOTE: Box Hill Institute only accept enrolments from international students who are 18 years of age or above at the time of course commencement.

English Language Requirements

A minimum IELTS overall score of 5.5 (Academic) or approved equivalent.

For other accepted tests, please visit the English Language Requirements page.


International students please apply through:

  1. an authorised representative in your country
  2. a Box Hill Institute booth at an education exhibition
  3. or direct to Box Hill Institute

See how to apply or contact the international office for more information.

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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

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Annual Tuition Fee$15,615
Annual Service Fee$166
Annual Material Fee$1,563
Retain Course Items (Year 1)$0
Estimated Annual Fee$17,344

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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