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Be competent as a manager in a hospitality functional area

Want to have a rewarding career as a Manager in the Hospitality industry, specialising in commercial cookery Kitchen? Gain the knowledge and practical skills you need for a successful career with a Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery packaged with the Diploma of Management.

The qualifications are designed for you if you want to be taught by experts with industry specific experience. Our courses will train you in the practical cookery skills and knowledge essential to becoming a qualified chef. You will also develop skills and knowledge in relation to business functions and staff management. Both of which are crucial for practically trained chefs to lead and nurture a successful restaurant and business.

Our professional trainers will work through your journey to build the foundation skills and the practical skills and knowledge to help you succeed in the hospitality industry! Course details

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Cairns, Cannonvale (Whitsunday), Townsville (Pimlico)

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Full time: up to 2.5 years

Course details


  • International fee $25,000

Cost details

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How to enrol

Key dates

Cairns 10 Jul 2017 Full time Classroom
Cannonvale (Whitsunday) 10 Jul 2017 Full time Classroom
Townsville (Pimlico) 10 Jul 2017 Full time Classroom

Entry requirements

International Student specific entry requirements:
: For students whose first language is not English, the required minimum English language levels is IELTS 5.5 or equivalent, with no individual score less than 5.0 or equivalent assessment.

More information on English entry requirements can be found on our website.

Academic: The minimum requirements can be one of the following:

  • Certificate II or III – 10 years of schooling (or equivalent) with passes in mathematics and English
  • Certificate IV or Diploma – 12 years of schooling (or equivalent) with passes in mathematics and English
  • Mature –aged entry with work experience in a related field

Please send certified and translated copies of your English results and academic certificates to the International Student Unit together with your completed and signed application form.


Gatton, Newton, Eureka and Wilkinson Streets
Manunda QLD 4870

Cannonvale (Whitsunday)
Shute Harbour Road
Cannonvale QLD 4802

Townsville (Pimlico)
Cnr Hugh Street & Fulham Road
Townsville QLD 4812

Resources required

Please provide your own personal stationery and a USB storage device (memory stick) 2 Mb.

Students are required to have a valid and appropriate email address.

It is recommended that students have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for students to use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

Uniforms are to be worn at all times during practical services/functions, plus during any/all excursions. This ensures that our students are recognised by Industry as highly employable graduates with impeccable standards of presentation and dress. The uniform requirements are to be provided by students at their own cost and are as follows:

Diploma of Hospitality Management

Cairns campus:
1. Long sleeved black business shirt
2. Long black dress pants
3. Black socks
4. Fully enclosed leather dress shoes with non-slip soles

Cannonvale (Whitsundays) campus:
1. Long sleeved charcoal dress shirt with TAFE QLD North student logo embroidered (ordered and purchased at Cannonvale (Whitsundays) Campus Reception)
2. Long apron with pocket (ordered and purchased at Cannonvale (Whitsundays) Campus Reception)
3. Long black dress pants & Black socks
5. Fully enclosed leather dress shoes with non-slip soles

Townsville (Pimlico) campus:
1. Long sleeved black business shirt
2. Long black dress pants
3. Black socks
4. Fully enclosed leather dress shoes with non-slip soles

Further information regarding uniform for each campus will be provided at orientation to ensure the uniform meets workplace health and safety requirements and industry standards. These purchases of the above items should only be made after teacher consultation at orientation. 

Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery

The following resources are not included in the program fees and it is the students responsibility to provide at your own cost.


  • 2x Chef's Jacket (Traditional style with white buttons, or modern wrap around style)
  • 2x Traditional check trousers
  • 2x White neckerchief
  • 2x White Apron - waist or bib
  • White traditional style chefs hat - paper fabric or cloth/white skull cap - clean and suitably presented
  • Black, enclosed, leather shoes

The above items are required to undertake the practical classes, and are available at a variety of hospitality stores. Quality and price may vary.

Mandatory requirements:
Basic knife set:

  • 25cm cooks knife
  • 18cm cooks knife
  • Paring knife
  • Steel and potato peeler
  • Knife wrap
  • Turning knife

Professional knife set:

  • Bread knife
  • Peeler
  • Vegetable knife,
  • large chopping knife
  • Boning knife,
  • Filleting knife
  • Palette knife and steel

Other resources:

  • Piping nozzle
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • Temperature probe
  • Pastry brush
  • Digital 1gr scales
  • Required text: Professional Chef  Volume 1 Kitchen Operations and Volume 2 Commercial Cookery(Cengage published by Ford, Zelman and Hunter) ISBN: 9780170181709,



SIT40513 - Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery - 73 weeks (63 weeks full time delivery, 10 weeks of holidays). Stage 1,2 & 3 is over 12 months. Stage 4 is over 6 months.
SIT50416 - Diploma of Hospitality Management - 51 weeks (42 weeks full time delivery, 9 weeks of holidays). Stage 5 is over 6 months.


Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery
Vocational Placement: All Cairns students must complete a minimum of 240 hours of vocational placement (6 weeks at 40 hours per week). This is spread across the duration of the program. TAFE will procure placements on behalf of the students, but it is the student’s responsibility to provide their own transport and accommodation if required.


Important Information

Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery

  • Please ensure you engrave all knives with your name or initials.
  • The basic knife set will be required by the second week of training.  Details regarding type and quality and set of tools required will be discussed during first week.
  • The resources listed above are a requirement to undertake the practical classes, and are available at a variety of hospitality stores.  Quality and price may vary.

Diploma of Hospitality Management

Please note that due to the nature of the hospitality industry, other functions could be conducted on various days, where you will be required to attend.  Also please note that students may be required to attend evening classes for specific electives.


SIT40516 - Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery. To complete this qualification students must successfully complete 33 units (26 core units and 7 elective units)
SIT50416 - Diploma of Hospitality Management. To complete this qualification students must successfully complete 28 units (13 core units and 15 elective units)

Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery - Stage 1
HLTAID003 Provide first aid Elective
BSBSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices Elective
BSBWOR203 Work effectively with others Elective Cairns Only
SITHCCC003 Prepare and present sandwiches Elective Pimlico & Whitsunday Only
SITHCCC004 Package prepared foodstuffs Elective Pimlico & Whitsunday Only
SITHCCC001 Use food preparation equipment Core
SITHCCC005 Prepare dishes using basic methods of cookery Core
SITHCCC006 Prepare appetisers and salads Core
SITHCCC007 Prepare stocks, sauces and soups Core
SITHCCC008 Prepare vegetable, fruit, eggs and farinaceous dishes Core
SITXFSA001 Use hygienic practices for food safety Core
SITXINV002 Maintain the quality of perishable items Core
SITHKOP001 Clean kitchen premises and equipment Elective
SITXWHS001 Participate in safe work practices Elective Cairns Only
Stage 2
SITHCCC012 Prepare poultry dishes Core
SITHCCC013 Prepare seafood dishes Core
SITHCCC014 Prepare meat dishes Core
SITHCCC011 Use cookery skills effectively Elective Cairns Only
SITHPAT006 Produce desserts Core
SITHCCC019 Produce cakes, pastries and breads Core
SITHCCC017 Handle and serve cheese Elective
Stage 3
SITXFSA003A Transport and store food in a safe and hygienic manner Elective Pimlico & Whitsunday Only
SITHCCC018 Prepare food to meet special dietary requirements Core
SITHCCC020 Work effectively as a cook Core
SITHKOP002 Plan and cost basic menus Core
SITXFSA002 Participate in safe food handling practices Core
SITXHRM001 Coach others in job skills Core
Stage 4
BSBDIV501 Manage diversity in the workplace Core
BSBSUS401 Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices Core
SITHKOP004 Develop menus for special dietary requirements Core
SITHKOP005 Coordinate cooking operations Core
SITXCOM005 Manage conflict Core
SITXFIN003 Manage finances within a budget Core
SITXHRM003 Lead and manage people Core
SITXMGT001 Monitor work operations Core
SITXWHS003 Implement and monitor work health and safety practices Core
VPC Vocational placement Vocational Placement Scheme Cairns Only
Diploma of Hospitality Management - Stage 5
SITXCCS007 Enhance customer service experiences Core
SITXHRM002 Roster staff Core
SITXCCS008 Develop and manage quality customer service practices Core
SITXHRM004 Recruit, select and induct staff Elective
SITXFIN002 Interpret financial information Elective
SITXFIN004 Prepare and monitor budgets Core
SITXMGT002 Establish and conduct business relationships Core
SITXGLC001 Research and comply with regulatory requirements Core
BSBMGT517 Manage operational plan Core
BSBRES401 Analyse and present research information Elective
BSBITU306 Design and produce business documents Elective


Not all electives available at all campuses

Payment options explained

The course cost indicated is for students on an international student visa. If you are visiting Australia on a non-student visa, (e.g. working holiday, employer sponsor etc.) please contact us directly for the price applicable to you.



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The Queensland Government will offset the cost of study for eligible students. You will still need to pay for a portion of your study costs. The amount above is what you will need to pay.


You are eligible for the concession price of a course if you are eligible for subsidised training, and are listed on an Australian Government Low Income Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, if you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, you hold a Department of Veterans' Affairs Pensioner Concession Card, or if you have a disability. Further information about concessions.

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Additional Costs

There are no additional costs to study this course.


SIT40516 Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery and SIT50416 Diploma of Hospitality Management


Job prospects

  • Chef
  • Restaurant Owner
  • Restaurant Manager
  • Chef Patissier
  • Hotel/Motel Manager
  • Hotel Manager/Assistant Manager
  • Sous Chef
  • Catering Assistant
  • Chef de Cuisine

University Pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas will give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities. That means cutting down the amount of time you need to complete your degree, or even enrolling straight into the second year of your university course.

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Applying to TAFE Queensland International is easy. You can submit an application at any time, but get in early as positions are limited!
Before you apply, make sure that you check that you meet the specific academic and language requirements for your chosen course.
The application process

To support your application, please supply your supporting documents.
These include:

Read the student rules and refund policy.


If your application is successful, we will send you an Offer of Place letter. To accept it and secure your place in your chosen program, you will need to:

After you have accepted your Offer of Place, you will receive your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) and with your CoE you can apply for your student visa. You will need to arrange your student visa before you come to Australia.


Compulsory Orientation All students must participate in compulsory International orientation on the Friday before classes commence.

Orientation sessions: 
Semester 2, 2017 - 10 July 2017, 9.30am to 11.30am

Cairns: Tropics Training, Restaurant, S Block through Gatton Street, Cairns
Cannonvale (Whitsundays): Palmers Training Restaurant,B Block, Room B1.01, Shute Harbour Road
Townsville (Pimlico): R Block (Refectory / Canteen), Corner of Hugh St & Fullham Road

Last updated on 9 May 2017

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