Certificate II in Cookery

National Code: SIT20421
TAFE SA Code: TP01360


Begin your hospitality career with an industry preferred qualification in kitchen operations. This nationally recognised course is your pathway to a career in commercial kitchens. You will learn about basic cookery and food preparation and gain industry skills in the TAFE SA restaurants, such as TIROS and Graduates, and our fully operational commercial kitchen. Gain skills in safe work practices and food safety; preparation and presentation of simple dishes; making coffee, soups, and sauces. Get real-world kitchen experience with TAFE SA.

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4 months 

Full Time or Part Time equivalent

Chefs and Cooks

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  • No course admission requirements
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Entry Recommendations
This is recommended as an entry level course.

Attendance Requirements (subject to change)
Your class times will vary according to your intake group. There will be some evening attendance for restaurant service at TAFE SA campuses as required.

Industry Conditions and Skills
We recommend you have a genuine interest in working in the Hospitality industry in commercial cookery.

Additional Uniforms, Equipment and Costs
There are extra costs of approximately $560.00 for uniform, name badge, equipment and knives. You will given more detail at information sessions.

Vocational Placements
All service periods will be completed at TAFE SA, no additional vocational placement time required.

Total Fees for the 4 month course
You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
Subsidised training may require applicants to complete a Core Skills Profile Assessment (CSPA).

This course is part of the Fee Free TAFE initiative. Fee Free TAFE and vocational education is a joint initiative of the Australian and South Australian Governments providing tuition-free training places to students wanting to train, retrain or upskill. The eligibility check below is an indication only and does not confirm your eligibility status. Eligibility verification will take place before the enrolment process and may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. The number of Fee Free TAFE places that are funded is limited by the terms of the skills agreement signed by the Australian and South Australian Governments. Should all available Fee Free TAFE places be taken, subsequent applicants will be offered a subsidised place.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    This qualification provides a pathway to work in kitchen operations in organisations such as restaurants, hotels, catering operations, clubs, pubs, cafés and coffee shops and institutions such as aged care facilities, hospitals, prisons and schools.

    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 II in Cookery (SIT20421)
    This course provides skills in working effectively with others, food preparation equipment, cleaning, hygienic practices and food and workplace safety. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 7 core units and 6 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.

    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

    * 2023 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all elective units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Clean kitchen premises and equipment 13
    Participate in safe work practices 12
    Prepare dishes using basic methods of cookery 45
    Receive, store and maintain stock 20
    Use food preparation equipment 25
    Use hygienic practices for food safety 15
    Work effectively in a commercial kitchen 60


    Name Nominal Hours
    Participate in safe food handling practices. 40
    Prepare and present simple dishes 25
    Prepare appetisers and salads 25
    Prepare Asian appetisers and snacks 45
    Prepare stocks, sauces and soups 35
    Prepare vegetable, fruit, eggs and farinaceous dishes 50
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