Certificate III in Catering Operations

Duration Up to 6 months Full Time or Part Time equivalent
National CodeSIT30916
TAFE SA CodeTP00964
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This course is for catering workers who must use a range of cookery skills. You would use discretion and judgement and have a sound knowledge of kitchen operations. You would work with some independence and under limited supervision and may provide operational advice and support to team members.



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Course Admission Requirements

  • No course admission requirements, however, students wishing to access WorkReady funding will be required to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills.
    If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by Date of application
    If you have a verified disability/medical condition and require additional support to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills please contact Student Services prior to applying to discuss your needs. To be eligible for support you must provide medical documentation to verify your disability/medical condition.
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    Employment Outcomes

    This qualification provides a pathway to work in various catering settings, such as hospitals and aged care facilities, sporting and entertainment venues, hotel banqueting departments, cook–chill production kitchens, and mobile catering businesses of varying size.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Certificate III in Catering Operations (SIT30916)
    This course includes working effectively with others, food preparation equipment, basic methods of cookery, cleaning, cultural sensitivity and food and workplace safety. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 12 core units and 9 elective units. NB This qualification does not provide the skills required by commercial cooks, which are covered in Certificate III in Commercial Cookery.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full Qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.


    The TAFE SA qualification is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's WorkReady initiative. To access subsidised training through WorkReady, your suitability to complete the qualification will be assessed. This may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment.