Certificate III in Commercial Cookery

To achieve this qualification 25 units must be completed consisting of:

Core Units:

  • BSBSUS201A - Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • BSBWOR203B - Work effectively with others
  • HLTAID003 - Provide first aid
  • SITHCCC101 - Use food preparation equipment *
  • SITHCCC201 - Produce dishes using basic methods of cookery *
  • SITHCCC202 - Produce appetisers and salads *
  • SITHCCC203 - Produce stocks, sauces and soups *
  • SITHCCC204 - Produce vegetable, fruit, egg and farinaceous dishes *
  • SITHCCC301 - Produce poultry dishes *
  • SITHCCC302 - Produce seafood dishes *
  • SITHCCC303 - Produce meat dishes *
  • SITHCCC307 - Prepare food to meet special dietary requirements *
  • SITHCCC308 - Produce cakes, pastries and breads *
  • SITHCCC309 - Work effectively as a cook *
  • SITHKOP101 - Clean kitchen premises and equipment *
  • SITHKOP302 - Plan and cost basic menus
  • SITHPAT306 - Produce desserts *
  • SITXFSA101 - Use hygienic practices for food safety
  • SITXFSA201 - Participate in safe food handling practices
  • SITXHRM301 - Coach others in job skills
  • SITXINV202 - Maintain the quality of perishable items *
  • SITXWHS101 - Participate in safe work practices

Elective Units:

  • SITHCCC103 - Prepare Sandwiches
  • SITXINV201 - Receive and store stock
  • BSBINN201A - Contribute to workplace innovation

*Prerequisite unit is SITXFSA101 Use hygienic practices for food safety

Alternative Elective Units

You may be interested in alternative elective units, these may be available if you are experienced in the workplace, are seeking recognition or credit transfer, or work in a venue that requires a particular set of skills.



Pathways into the qualification

Individuals may enter SIT30813 Certificate III in Commercial Cookery with limited or no vocational experience and without a lower level qualification.

Pathways from the qualification

After achieving SIT30813 Certificate III in Commercial Cookery, individuals could progress to SIT40413 Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery, SIT40613 Certificate IV in Catering Operations or SIT40713 Certificate IV in Patisserie. Please note that Club Training Australia does not currently deliver all of these qualifications.


Credit transfer is where you may have completed Units or a course with another Registered Training Organisation and it is relevant and/or able to be used for your current and anticipated study. Please note that Club Training Australia is committed to applying Credit Transfer to Qualifications/Units completed at other training organisations. Please discuss this with one of our qualified support team while you are discussing your study pathway.

Course Outline

Blended Learning Options






On the Job

The Certificate III in Commercial Cookery qualification will give students the skills and abilities to become a qualified cook in a variety of exciting hospitality establishments! Learning from industry professionals who have gained over 20 years of experience in premium European and Australian restaurants at a senior level, students will enjoy a vibrant and comprehensive program that equips them for the fast pace of back-of-house operations.

With this nationally recognised qualification, students can take their skills anywhere food is prepared; from five star restaurants, bustling cafes, trendy pubs, community clubs to large hotel chains. Club Training Australia can offer customised solutions for individuals and venues that enable off-site and on-site training that can be implemented without interrupting work or education requirements.

This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship pathway.

At Club Training we work with you to help you gain a qualification that is relevant to your career goals. Through choosing electives that interest you, offering Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) to help you achieve your goals faster and course tailoring to suit your current work situation and job responsibilities, we are there with you – all the way!

All of our qualification based courses are based around the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) which is the national set of standards that ensures consistency, high quality training and assessment services for the clients of Australia’s vocational education and training. What this means, is that you can be confident you are getting the very best education all the way through your career in hospitality.

Funding & Fees

Did you know that students looking to complete the Certificate III in Commercial Cookery may be eligible to receive government funding or assistance for this course?

Funding by the Queensland Department of Education and Training is available through the User Choice budget. Please refer to the Government Contracts tab for further information.

Course Details

Over the course of your study, you will complete a total of 25 units of competency to gain your Certificate III qualification. Assessments are conducted throughout the course of your studies and may include:

  • Written
  • Role Play
  • Practical Observation

Valid State Requirements

Successfully securing this qualification provides you with the foundation skills and knowledge you need to start working in the hospitality industry.

You could find yourself working in various hospitality settings, such as:

  • restaurants
  • hotels
  • motels
  • clubs
  • pubs
  • cafes
  • coffee shops

In varied roles including;

  • cook
  • chef


Government Contracts



The User Choice 2016-17​ program provides a public funding contribution towards the cost of training and assessment for eligible Queensland apprentices and trainees.

The program provides the flexibility for apprentices, trainees and their employers to select a preferred registered training organisation (RTO) from a list of pre-qualified suppliers (PQS) for the delivery of accredited training to meet their specific needs.


Choose a qualification that interests you and become an apprentice or trainee.

Visit the Queensland Skills Gateway to choose a qualification, learn about the training available, and the training providers that can assist you.


Not all apprenticeships and traineeships attract government funding. The funding priority will determine the level of public funds contributed to training regardless of whether the qualification is an apprenticeship or traineeship.

Refer to the User Choice funding and pricing page more information.

Can I start an apprenticeship or traineeship if I am still at school?

Yes you can. School-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SATs) are available in many occupations in Queensland. Students should be in either year 10, 11 or 12, but may be able to enter a SAT prior to starting year 10 in exceptional circumstances. In these circumstances, a business case must be submitted to the Department of Education and Training (DET) and approved prior to commencing the SAT.

The SAT is undertaken as part of the high school studies. A SAT employment and/or training arrangement must impact on the school timetable for the program to be considered school-based. Apprenticeships or traineeships which do not have an impact on the student’s school timetable are not considered a SAT.

​All SATs must be supported by the employer, the school, a supervising registered training organisation (SRTO) referred to as the training organisation, and the parent or guardian. SATs are paid for the time spent working with their employer.

SATs receive funding for their training aligned to the priority level of the qualification.

SATs are exempt from paying student fees under the User Choice program while they are still at school.

Parties to the training contract for a SAT should be aware that there are a number of conditions that apply to the training contract, including the amount of training that a SAT can do while they are still attending school. There are also conditions related to the transition of a SAT into full-time or part-time apprenticeship/traineeship arrangements once school has been completed.

If you are interested in undertaking a SAT in the electrotechnology industry, please note that electrotchnology occupations have an application process that must be undertaken prior to the signing of the training contract.

Visit the Apprenticeships Info website for more information on school-based apprenticeships and traineeships.


To be eligible for a government contribution towards the costs of training, an apprentice or trainee must have entered into a training contract for a qualification that is funded by DET and be registered in DET’s registration system DELTA. The contract commencement date or recommencement date must be on or after 1 July 2010, and the training provider selected to deliver the training must hold a pre-qualified supplier status for the nominated qualification.

The government contribution for a User Choice funding contribution is detailed in the apprentice or trainee’s letter of registration from DET, and is subject to student eligibility and their selection of an eligible PQS as their SRTO.


Apprentices and trainees can only receive one government contribution for a User Choice funded qualification at any single point in time, i.e. a student is not funded to undertake two apprenticeships or traineeships at the same time.

In addition, apprentices and trainees, including SATs, can only receive a maximum of two government funding contributions under the current User Choice Program.

There are other rules specifically related to funding for SATs, so students and their parents/guardians should discuss their intentions with their school’s vocational education and training coordinator prior to signing up as a SAT. Australian Apprenticeship Support Network providers are another good source of information.


Usually students are required to pay a co-contribution fee. In some cases though, an RTO may provide either a partial or full exemption for a student in respect to the co-contribution fee. SATs are not required to pay a co-contribution fee while they are still at school, but may (visit the Fee-free training for Year 12 graduates section of this website) be required to pay fees once their training contract has been converted to full-time or part-time post school. Your SRTO will provide in detail its fees and charges policy, including full costs method of collection, refunds and exemptions prior to enrolment.