Certificate III in Commercial Cookery

CRICOS Code: 109764F
National Code: SIT30821


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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40 weeks
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Course Admission Requirements
(for International Applications)

Work Placement Duration:   200 hours

International students must complete the 200 Vocational Placement hours within the 12-month duration of this course.

Course Notes

  • Students may wish to consider one of three TAFE SA packages:
    1. Certificate III in Commercial Cookery, Certificate IV in Kitchen Management, and the Diploma of Hospitality Management.
    2. Certificate III in Commercial Cookery, Certificate IV in Kitchen Management, and the Advanced Diploma of Hospitality Management.
    3. Certificate III in Commercial Cookery, Certificate IV in Kitchen Management, Diploma of Hospitality Management and the Bachelor of Tourism, Hospitality and Events Management. Students would receive credit into the Bachelor.
  • This program has been developed to be delivered over a 12 month period made up of 2 semesters of study. The on campus requirement would be based on 3 full days per week for the majority of the course as well as between 4 to 6 weeks of lunch and dinner service which would cover 5 days on these allocated weeks. Note that you will be allocated to a group on campus for either our AM class (8am to 3.30pm) or (10.30am to 6.00pm) PM class. We make every effort to maintain this pattern, however there might be times the schedule would need to be altered, so therefore it is subject to change. Your vocational placement requirements sit outside of this on campus delivery.


These course fees are for international students only.

Tuition Fees
Incidental Fees*
Semester 1
AUD $7980
AUD $1065*
Semester 2
AUD $7980
Fee Totals
AUD $15960
AUD $1065*
Total Course Cost
AUD $17025

* 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 the cost of shoes) and equipment/knives (approximately A$390). 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

    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 (SIT30821)
    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 20 core units and 5 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
    Clean kitchen premises and equipment 13
    Coach others in job skills 20
    Participate in safe food handling practices. 40
    Participate in safe work practices 12
    Plan and cost recipes 40
    Prepare appetisers and salads 25
    Prepare dishes using basic methods of cookery 45
    Prepare food to meet special dietary requirements 75
    Prepare meat dishes 55
    Prepare poultry dishes 35
    Prepare seafood dishes 35
    Prepare stocks, sauces and soups 35
    Prepare vegetable, fruit, eggs and farinaceous dishes 50
    Prepare vegetarian and vegan dishes 40
    Produce cakes, pastries and breads 55
    Produce desserts 100
    Receive, store and maintain stock 20
    Use food preparation equipment 25
    Use hygienic practices for food safety 15
    Work effectively as a cook 100


    Name Nominal Hours
    Prepare and serve cheese 20
    Prepare Asian appetisers and snacks 45
    Prepare Asian sauces, dips and accompaniments 15
    Prepare specialised food items 60
    Produce pates and terrines 30

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