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Certificate III in Commercial Cookery SIT30816


With this qualification you will be able to work as a commercial cook who uses a wide range of cookery skills. You will have a sound knowledge of kitchen operations and be able to use discretion and judgement. You will be able to work with some independence and under limited supervision and may provide operational advice and support to team members.

Qualification: Certificate III in Commercial Cookery SIT30816
Program No: C3-TS04
Campus: CIT Reid 
Duration: Apprentice pathway - 2.5 years/5 semesters part-time one day per week, or a negotiated blend of on-the-job, off-the-job delivery. Non-apprentice pathway and intensive pathway - either 2.5 years/5 semesters part-time one day per week or 18 months full time 3 days per week including compulsory commercial kitchen placement. Trade papers may be issued for non-apprentices once sufficient workplace experience is gained (minimum 700 hours) and skills and knowledge equivalent to the level achieved by an apprentice are verified by a qualified chef in the workplace.
Likely Job Outcome: This qualification provides a pathway to work as a commercial cook in organisations such as restaurants, hotels, clubs, pubs, cafes, cafeterias and coffee shops.
Application Type: Public; Australian Apprentice-Trainee

Additional Information

You must provide your own cook's uniform and trade tools for practical classes and purchase the recommended text. This program includes a work placement in a commercial kitchen, which can be provided by CIT.

This program articulates into the Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery and the Certificate III in Patisserie.

Entry Requirements / How to Apply

By enrolling, CIT assumes you have checked and met these entry requirements. CIT staff will confirm either before (for all VET FEE-HELP qualifications) or within the first few weeks of classes.

Open Entry
If you are entering these programs as an apprentice under the Australian Apprenticeships arrangements you must be employed in the industry and you must register with an Apprentice Network Provider (ANP).

Before you apply/enrol

To study any course at CIT (excluding degrees and non-accredited training) you must have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). This includes new students and re-enrolling students.

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Already have one? Great! Verify it in our student administration system now so your enrolment or graduation isn't delayed. (New CIT students will not be able to do this until they have been given their CIT number which will be given to you when you apply to study most CIT courses).

  1. Login to CIT Self Service
  2. Click on the link for USI
  3. Verify your USI

It's important that your first name, surname and date of birth in our student system match the ID you use to create your USI (eg if you are Christopher in USI database and Chris at CIT your USI will not verify).

If you need assistance you can go to Unique Student Identifier (USI), drop in to any CIT Library or CITSA office or contact CIT Student Services on 6207 3188.

Literacy Skills Information

We suggest that you will need Australian Core Skills Framework levels of at least 2 across reading, writing, learning, oral communication and, depending on your program of study, numeracy skills to successfully complete this program. See below to check your literacy skills. If you do not have this level, you can still enrol and seek support to improve your skills or you may prefer to begin with a lower level program, or enrol in the Certificate I in Skills for Vocational Pathways (FSK10213) to develop your literacy skills. Please visit Education and Community or phone (02) 6207 4872 to have a chat to one of our teachers.

Transition Information

Qualifications at CIT are regularly updated or replaced to meet current industry needs and maximise your employment opportunities. If this occurs while you are part way through a qualification, you may need to vary your learning to meet the new national requirements. CIT will aim to make this as smooth as possible for you.

Subject Cancellations/Changes

To ensure positive outcomes for all students, CIT may need to cancel or change classes at short notice. CIT will make every effort to inform students as soon as changes are made and will also make every effort to offer alternative arrangements for students to meet the requirements of the subject and complete their qualification. In an unfortunate instance when this cannot be met, you will receive a full refund. Please ensure you maintain current contact details via CIT Self Service or by contacting CIT Student Services at

Subject Information

Due to technical reasons the subjects for this course are not currently available. For more information please contact CIT Student Services on (02) 6207 3188 or email

Related Courses

Certificate IV Commercial Cookery SIT40516
Statement Attainment training Supervising Food Safety [extract from SIT40516]
Statement Attainment training Basic Food Hygiene [extract from SIT40516]

More Information

For more information about this course please contact CIT Student Services on (02) 6207 3188 or email