Certificate III in Commercial Cookery

CRICOS Code: 094563J
National Code: SIT30816


Become a commercial cook with this comprehensive cookery course. Learn about kitchen operations and safety, menu planning and preparation, and a wide range of cooking techniques including meats and seafood, cakes and pastries, and desserts. If you have a passion for cooking and enjoy working in a team environment, this nationally-recognised qualification could be your pathway to a successful career. You’ll develop your cooking skills in our industry-standard commercial kitchens when you study at Regency Park or one of our regional campuses. By completing this qualification and obtaining appropriate industry experience you can apply for cookery trade recognition.

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52 weeks
40 weeks
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Course Admission Requirements
(for International Applications)

  • Academic IELTS score of 5.5 Overall with minimum of 5.0 in all bands or equivalent.
  • Satisfactory completion of Year 10 or overseas equivalent.

Work Placement Duration:   400 hours

Course Notes

  • Students may wish to consider one of three TAFE SA packages:
    1. Certificate III in Commercial Cookery, Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery, and the Diploma of Hospitality Management.
    2. Certificate III in Commercial Cookery, Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery, and the Advanced Diploma of Hospitality Management.
    3. Certificate III in Commercial Cookery, Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery, Diploma of Hospitality Management and the Bachelor of Tourism, Hospitality and Events Management. Students would receive 36 units of credit (approximately 1 year) into the Bachelor, making the Bachelor duration 2 years.
  • Students choosing the cookery package, which includes the Certificate III in Commercial Cookery and the Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery will, during the 2nd semester of the package, study concurrently the rest of the Certificate III and commence the first 3 units of the Certificate IV. Details of the concurrent study schedule and charges will be outlined in the offer letter.


These course fees are for international students only.

Tuition Fees
Incidental Fees*
Semester 1
AUD $7615
AUD $550*
Semester 2
AUD $7615
Fee Totals
AUD $15230
AUD $550*
Total Course Cost
AUD $15780

* The $550 charge is for the Industry Placement Administration and Management Fee. Students will be required to purchase a name badge (A$10), a uniform (approximately A$115 excluding shoes) and equipment/knives (approximately A$390). Details for these expenses will be provided closer to or on enrolment. Students choosing the cookery package, which includes the Certificate III in Commercial Cookery and the Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery, will be required to pay 50% of the Certificate III fee in their 1st semester. Then, in the 2nd semester of the package students will study concurrently and be required to pay the remaining 50% of the Certificate III fee, as well as the charge for the first few units of the Certificate IV. Details of the concurrent study schedule and charges will be outlined in the offer letter.

Note: TAFE SA course fees are subject to regular increases and are reviewed annually. As such, the course fees for 2023 have increased and are published on this site. TAFE SA accepts applications for courses commencing beyond the year advertised and tuition fees for these years will be higher. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary.

Overseas Students Health Cover

All overseas students are required to have Overseas Students Health Cover (OSHC) insurance for the entire duration of the course. The health cover rate will vary depending on the personal circumstances and duration of stay in Australia. Read more about Overseas Students Health Cover.

  • Employment Outcomes

    This qualification provides a pathway to work as a commercial cook in a restaurant, hotel or hospital, sous chef in a small hospitality establishment, cook in aged care facilities (residential and retirement living).

    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 Commercial Cookery (SIT30816)
    This course includes working effectively with others, food preparation equipment, basic methods of cookery, appetisers, salads, stocks, sauces, soups, poultry, seafood, meat, cakes, pastries, breads, planning and costing basic menus, desserts and food and workplace safety. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 21 core units and 4 elective units.

  • 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

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


    Name Nominal Hours
    Clean kitchen premises and equipment 13
    Coach others in job skills 20
    Maintain the quality of perishable items 10
    Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices 20
    Participate in safe food handling practices 40
    Participate in safe work practices 12
    Plan and cost basic menus 30
    Prepare appetisers and salads 25
    Prepare dishes using basic methods of cookery 45
    Prepare food to meet special dietary requirements 75
    Prepare meat dishes 50
    Prepare poultry dishes 25
    Prepare seafood dishes 30
    Prepare stocks, sauces and soups 35
    Prepare vegetable, fruit, eggs and farinaceous dishes 45
    Produce cakes, pastries and breads 40
    Produce desserts 100
    Use food preparation equipment 25
    Use hygienic practices for food safety 15
    Work effectively as a cook 80
    Work effectively with others 15


    Name Nominal Hours
    Carry out basic workplace calculations 20
    Develop menus for special dietary requirements 15
    Handle and serve cheese 5
    Prepare and present sandwiches 10
    Prepare and present simple dishes 25
    Prepare curry pastes and powders 25
    Receive and store stock 10
    Use cookery skills effectively 50

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