SIT40516 Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery


This qualification provides the skills and knowledge for an individual to become competent as a qualified commercial chef who use a wide range of cookery skills. Upon completion of the course they will have a sound knowledge of kitchen operations together with supervisory or team leading role in the kitchen. They operate independently or with limited guidance from others and use discretion to solve non-routine problems.


While there are no entry requirements defined in the training package, the RTO requires the following criteria to be met:

    • Applicants must be minimum 18 years of age at the time of commencement
    • Successful completion of Australian Equivalent Year 12 qualification or higher
    • Minimum IELTS score of 5.5 or PTE score of 42 or Certificate III in EAL or its equivalent.

In addition,

    • Candidates should be able to handle and cook dairy products and non-vegetarian food items including beef and pork
    • Applicants should have basic computer and MS Office skills (Word, Excel and Power Point).
Note: Alternatively, students may demonstrate their Language, Literacy and Numeracy requirement through an EAA LLN assessment test.


This course will be delivered over 87 weeks of full time study including 22 weeks of holidays and breaks.

It is expected that the program would be of less duration for students who have completed components that can be identified by the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), and/or credit Transfer.


Candidates who are 18 years and above, (including mature aged clients) who wish to enter into the hospitality industry as a Chef.


Individuals may enter SIT40516 – Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery with limited or no vocational experience and without a lower level qualification.


After achieving SIT40516 – Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery, individuals could progress to SIT50416 Diploma of Hospitality Management.


This qualification provides a pathway to work in various kitchen settings, such as restaurants, hotels, clubs, pubs, cafes, cafeterias and coffee shops. Possible job titles include:

    • chef


Training is based on face-to-face classroom delivery including interactive classroom teaching, practical activities and tutorials together with a practical placement (Work Based Training or WBT). Practical activities are conducted in the commercial Training Kitchen within the RTO premises. Students must complete minimum of 60 sessions (240 hours of Practical placement) of Worked based Training (WBT) during their studies.


17-35 Abbotsford Street, West Melbourne & 14/65 Mark Street, North Melbourne


Assessment will usually commence in the session following delivery. As this is a competency based program, assessment continues throughout the program until the participant either achieves competency in the assessment tasks or a further training need is identified and addressed. Students will be required to perform in a range of assessment tasks including and not limited to: Knowledge Test, Written Assignment, Practical Observation / Demonstration, Logbook, Role Play and Project


The recognition of prior learning (RPL) pathway is appropriate for candidates who have previously attained skills and knowledge from outside the formal education and training system and which includes work and life experience.

Credit transfer is a process that provides students with agreed and consistent credit outcomes for components of a qualification based on identified equivalence in content and learning outcomes between matched qualifications.

Students may apply for RPL or Credit transfers for any unit in which they can successfully demonstrate competency.


To attain the SIT40516 Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery, 33 units must be completed, consisting of 26 core units and 7 elective units.


1BSBTWK501Lead diversity inclusion
2BSBSUS411Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
3SITHCCC001Use food preparation equipment
4SITHCCC005Prepare dishes using basic methods of cookery
5SITHCCC006Prepare appetisers and salads
6SITHCCC007Prepare stocks, sauces and soups
7SITHCCC008Prepare vegetable, fruit, egg and farinaceous dishes
8SITHCCC012Prepare poultry dishes
9SITHCCC013Prepare seafood dishes
10SITHCCC014Prepare meat dishes
11SITHCCC018Prepare food to meet special dietary requirements
12SITHCCC019Produce cakes, pastries and breads
13SITHCCC020Work effectively as a cook (WBT)
14SITHKOP302Plan and cost basic menus
15SITHKOP004Develop menus for special dietary requirements
16SITHKOP005Coordinate cooking operations
17SITHPAT006Produce desserts
18SITXCOM005Manage conflicts
19SITXFIN003Manage finances within a budget
20SITXFSA001Use hygienic practices for food safety
21SITXFSA002Participate in safe food handling practices
22SITXHRM001Coach others in job skills
23SITXHRM003Lead and manage people
24SITXINV002Maintain the quality of perishable items
25SITXMGT001Monitor work operations
26SITXWHS003Implement and monitor work health and safety practices


27BSBCMM201Communicate in the workplace
28BSBSUS201Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
29BSBWOR203Work effectively with others
30SITXCOM002Show social and cultural sensitivity
31SITXINV001Receive and store stock
32SITXWHS001Participate in safe work practices
33SITXWHS002Identify hazards, assess and control safety risks

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