Certificate IV in Patisserie

CRICOS Code: 109486A
National Code: SIT40721


This industry-leading course is designed for experienced pastry chefs who want to take the next step in their career. You will refine your technical and creative skills, such as sugar pulling and fine decorating, as you develop your management and leadership skills. Learn hands-on from pastry chefs with years of experience who will help you take your skills to the next level. You will also enhance your knowledge of food hygiene procedures, receiving and storing supplies, stock control, catering revenue, workplace safety, budgeting, and management skills. Be ready to take a leading role in the kitchen or run your own business.

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26 weeks
20 weeks
Baker and Pastry Chef
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Course Admission Requirements
(for International Applications)

  • Academic IELTS score of 6.0 Overall with minimum of 5.0 in all bands or equivalent.
  • Successful completion of the Certificate III in Patisserie.
  • Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Nepalese students need satisfactory completion of Year 12 or overseas equivalent 60% in the top 4 subjects (excluding native language) for all courses (i.e. Cert III, Cert IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma and Associate Degree) If student has needed to re-sit for their exam, student also need to provide all exam results. Not accepting Punjab State Board or Haryana State Board HS results only – need to present a Central Board result exam or a higher qualification.

Course Notes

  • Students may wish to consider one of three TAFE SA packages:
    1. Certificate III in Patisserie, Certificate IV in Patisserie, and the Diploma of Hospitality Management
    2. Certificate III in Patisserie, Certificate IV in Patisserie and the Advanced Diploma of Hospitality Management
    3. Certificate III in Patisserie, Certificate IV in Patisserie, Diploma of Hospitality Management and the Bachelor of Tourism, Hospitality and Events Management. Students would receive credit into the Bachelor.


These course fees are for international students only.

Tuition Fees
Incidental Fees*
Semester 1
AUD $11880
AUD $500*
Fee Totals
AUD $11880
AUD $500*
Total Course Cost
AUD $12380

* Students will be required to purchase additional learning materials, including uniforms and equipment at an approximate cost of $A500 unless purchased for the previous course. Details for these expenses will be provided closer to or on commencement.

Note: TAFE SA course tuition and other fees/costs are subject to regular increases and are reviewed annually. TAFE SA accepts applications for courses commencing beyond the current year, course, tuition and other fees/costs for these years will apply once published. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to alter, amend or delete any fee, course, admission requirement, mode of delivery, duration or other arrangement without prior notice. If the study duration is extended beyond the period of the student’s visa the student will be liable for visa and related costs, eg medical examinations, OSHC and living expenses.

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

    Catering assistant, cook, food service assistant.

    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 IV in Patisserie (SIT40721)
    This course covers managing diversity, food preparation equipment, cookery skills, cakes, gateaux, tortes, pastries, yeast-based products, petits fours, desserts, confectionary, decoration, budgeting, food and workplace safety and leadership. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 26 core units and 6 elective units.

    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

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


    Name Nominal Hours
    Coach others in job skills 20
    Design and produce sweet showpieces 30
    Implement and monitor work health and safety practices 30
    Lead and manage people 60
    Lead diversity and inclusion 60
    Manage conflict 20
    Manage finances within a budget 30
    Model sugar-based decorations 48
    Monitor work operations 20
    Participate in safe food handling practices. 40
    Plan cooking operations 100
    Prepare and model marzipan 24
    Prepare dishes using basic methods of cookery 45
    Prepare food to meet special dietary requirements 75
    Produce cakes 24
    Produce chocolate confectionery 60
    Produce desserts 100
    Produce pastries 24
    Produce petits fours 30
    Produce specialised cakes 60
    Produce yeast-based bakery products 42
    Receive, store and maintain stock 20
    Roster staff 30
    Use food preparation equipment 25
    Use hygienic practices for food safety 15
    Work effectively in a commercial kitchen 60


    Name Nominal Hours
    Plan and cost recipes 40
    Prepare and serve espresso coffee 30
    Produce artisan bread products 120
    Produce basic bread products 120
    Provide First Aid 18
    Source and present information 10

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