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Start your Cookery career!

Learn to organise and prepare food, understand the basic methods of cookery and hygiene and  follow health, safety and security procedures with this introduction to the cooking industry.

This program is suitable for those who wish to pursue a career in Commercial Cookery. This qualification provides students with a range of skills, knowledge and competencies to be a cook, and also offer exemptions for part of an apprenticeship in Commercial Cookery. Course details

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Cairns, Cannonvale (Whitsunday), Mt Isa, Townsville (Pimlico)

Key dates and info


Part time: 6 months / 1 day per week, 14 weeks / 1 day per week
Full time: 4 months / 3 days per week

Course details


  • Full Fee $3,380
  • Subsidised $200
  • Concession $200

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Tara Bain

Let's celebrate the tastemakers

I kicked off my gastronomic career as a school-based apprentice through TAFE Queensland Brisbane four years ago, where I quickly grew a strong passion for cooking and the industry.
More about this course.

Tara Bain
Certificate III in Events, Certificate III in Hospitality
TAFE Queensland Brisbane

Key dates

Cairns 7 May 2018 Full time / 3 days per week Classroom
Cannonvale (Whitsunday) Part time / 1 day per week Classroom
Mt Isa Expression of interest Other
Townsville (Pimlico) Part time / 1 day per week Classroom

Entry requirements

All students will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment.  It is recommended that students have completed Year 10 or equivalent, with sound achievements in English and Maths and have good communication skills.


Gatton, Newton, Eureka and Wilkinson Streets
Manunda QLD 4870

Cannonvale (Whitsunday)
Shute Harbour Road
Cannonvale QLD 4802

Mt Isa
165-179 Abel Smith Parade
Mount Isa QLD 4825

Townsville (Pimlico)
Cnr Hugh Street & Fulham Road
Townsville QLD 4812

Resources required

Students are to provide the following resources at their own cost:

2 Sets Uniforms and Safety wear (teacher to advise):

  • Black or brown leather safety shoes (no trainers) with non-slip soles
  • White chefs jacket
  • Black and white check chefs pants
  • White neck tie
  • White chefs skull cap
  • White apron

Basic knife set (mandatory items):

  • 25cm cooks knife
  • 18cm cooks knife
  • Paring knife
  • Steel and potato peeler
  • Knife wrap

Professional knife set:

  • Bread knife
  • Peeler
  • Vegetable knife,
  • large chopping knife
  • Boning knife,
  • Filleting knife
  • Palette knife and steel
  • Piping nozzle
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • Temperature probe
  • Pastry brush
  • Digital 1gr scales
  • Required text: Professional Chef  Volume 1 Kitchen Operations and Volume 2 Commercial Cookery(Cengage published by Ford, Zelman and Hunter) ISBN: 9780170181709,

Note: All required equipment is mandatory. 

It is also recommended that students have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system Connect and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for students to use at all TAFE Queensland locations.


Cairns campus - Full time over 15 weeks:

12 weeks attending 3 days per week from 8am to 4.30pm (Wednesday, Thursday & Friday)
3 weeks on-the-job training with industry placement (40 hours per week)

Cairns campus - May intake: Full time over 15 weeks:

5 weeks attending 3 days per week from 8am to 4.30pm (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)
9 weeks attending 2 days per week at TAFE and 1 day (8 hours) on-the-job training with industry placement
1 week on-the-job training with industry placement (40 hours)

Cannonvale (Whitsundays) campus: Part time:  one day per week  (8.30am - 4.30pm) 

  • Stage 1 Apprentices day release - start date:  Monday 29 January 2018
  • Stage 2 Apprentices day release - start date:  Tuesday 30 January 2018
  • Kitchen Operations                       - start date:  Wednesday 7 February 2018

Mount Isa campus: Expressions of interest

Townsville (Pimlico) campus: Part time: one day per week on Wednesdays, 8.30am - 4.00pm

Important Information

Cairns Only - The Vocational Placement component of this program is organised by our Professional Cookery Trainers, who will match students skills and knowledge learned with employers who may be looking for apprentices.


To achieve the Certificate II in Kitchen Operations, students must successfully complete 13 units (8 core units and 5 elective units)

BSBWOR203 Work effectively with others Core Cairns / Townsville
SITHCCC001 Use food preparation equipment Core Cairns / Townsville
SITHCCC005 Prepare dishes using basic methods of cookery Core Cairns / Townsville
SITHCCC011 Use cookery skills effectively Core Cairns / Townsville
SITHKOP001 Clean kitchen premises and equipment Core Cairns / Townsville
SITXFSA001 Use hygienic practices for food safety Core Cairns / Townsville
SITXINV002 Maintain the quality of perishable items Core Cairns / Townsville
SITXWHS001 Participate in safe work practices Core Cairns / Townsville
SITHCCC006 Prepare appetisers and salads Elective Cairns / Townsville
SITHCCC007 Prepare stocks, sauces and soups Elective Cairns / Townsville
SITHCCC008 Prepare vegetable, fruit, eggs and farinaceous dishes Elective Cairns / Townsville
SITHCCC003 Prepare and present sandwiches Elective Cairns / Townsville
SITHCCC004 Package prepared foodstuffs Elective Townsville Only
BSBSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices Elective Cairns Only
VPC Vocational placement Vocational Placement Scheme Cairns Only


Not all electives available at all campuses

Subsidised training places are available for students under Certificate 3 Guarantee as a lower level pre-apprenticeship program.  Enquire now to confirm if you are eligible for funding.



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Payment Plan

If you have difficulty paying the full cost of a course up front you might be eligible for a payment plan. This will allow you to pay for your course in instalments, rather than one upfront payment at the time of enrolment.


The Queensland Government will offset the cost of study for eligible students. You will still need to pay for a portion of your study costs. The amount above is what you will need to pay.

Certificate 3 Guarantee

You can receive a subsidy towards one certificate III qualification from a list of eligible courses. The amount provided depends on the demand for skilled workers in your chosen industry.

You're eligible for the Certificate 3 Guarantee if you:

  • Are 15 years or older and no longer in school
  • Live in Queensland full time
  • Are an Australian or New Zealand citizen, permanent resident, or temporary resident with the necessary visa or work permits
  • And don't currently have (or are enrolled in) a certificate 3 or higher level qualification.

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If you're a Queensland resident, have just finished year 12 and are keen to start your studies within the next calendar year, you might be eligible to study fee free!

The Queensland government has identified a number of industries with a high demand for trained workers. To help fill these gaps, they will pay the full cost of a number of certificate III qualifications in high-priority study areas under the Certificate 3 Guarantee and User Choice programs. We want school leavers to gain the important skills and training they need before starting their university studies or careers - debt-free. For more info, check out the Training Queensland website, or call TAFE Queensland North on 1300 656 959.


You are eligible for the concession price of a course if you are eligible for subsidised training, and are listed on an Australian Government Low Income Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, if you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, you hold a Department of Veterans' Affairs Pensioner Concession Card, or if you have a disability. Further information about concessions.

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Additional costs

Resources as listed are not included in the cost of training.  Additional cost is approximately $500.00 directly to suppliers.  It is recommended that students purchase their own stationery including a USB.


SIT20416 Certificate II in Kitchen Operations

This qualification provides the skills and knowledge for an individual to be competent in a range of kitchen functions and activities that require the application of a limited range of practical skills in a defined context. Work would be undertaken in various hospitality enterprises where food is prepared and served, including restaurants, hotels, catering operations, clubs, pubs & cafeterias.

Job prospects

  • Kitchenhand
  • Catering Assistant
  • Kitchen Assistant

Tara Bain

Let's celebrate the tastemakers

I kicked off my gastronomic career as a school-based apprentice through TAFE Queensland Brisbane four years ago, where I quickly grew a strong passion for cooking and the industry.
More about this course.

Tara Bain
Certificate III in Events, Certificate III in Hospitality
TAFE Queensland Brisbane

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  • checked your important dates (under the course details tab)
  • checked you meet the entry requirements (under the course details tab)
  • checked your course costs and know which payment option is right for you
    (under the costs tab)
  • Read the student rules and refund policy
  • Created your Unique Student Identifier and can provide this code to TAFE Queensland
  • If you are applying for a subsidised cost, please ensure you have all the relevant documents at time of enrolment

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By telephone: 1300 656 959. In person: at any TAFE Queensland North location.

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning

Fast-track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner.

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Note: All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolments.

Last updated on 9 March 2018

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