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Key details

Duration

1 year/s

The length of time to complete this qualification will depend on the location, study mode and selected units.

Intake

Locations

Alice Springs, Palmerston
Not available to international students.

Course code

SIT20421

Overview

This qualification reflects the role of individuals working in kitchens who use a defined and limited range of food preparation and cookery skills to prepare food and menu items.

They are involved in mainly routine and repetitive tasks and work under direct supervision. This qualification does not meet the requirements for trade recognition as a cook, but can provide a pathway towards achieving that.

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

Career opportunities

Further training pathways from this qualification include but are not limited to SIT308321 Certificate III in Commercial Cookery, or other relevant Certificate IV and higher qualifications from the SIT training package. Successful completion of this qualification may lead to employment as a food runner, kitchen steward or kitchen useful in commercial kitchens, large or small restaurants, cafés, industrial kitchens or large catering operations.

Credit transfers and advanced standing

Skill recognition

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL is the acknowledgement of a person's skills and knowledge acquired through previous training, work or life experience, which may be used to grant status or credit in a subject regardless of how and where they were attained, including overseas.This can include skills from:

  • Previous study excluding courses at another VET/TAFE institution, but including courses at school or college, through adult education classes or training programs at work;
  • Work experience (including both work that is paid and unpaid); and/or
  • Life experience (for example leisure pursuits or voluntary work).

RPL is a form of assessment. It is used to determine whether a person has acquired, through formal or informal learning, the skills and experience consistent with the stated competency standards that comprise a qualification. RPL is not time referenced, so there are no parameters on how or when the skills are acquired. However, the skills that have been acquired through life experience etc., must be current and must match the elements and performance criteria contained in the individual unit.

Students seeking RPL need to indicate this on their enrolment form at the time of enrolment.

For further information please refer to the Applicant's Guide to the Recognition of Prior Learning or contact Student Central on 1800 061 963 (free call) or email Student.Central@cdu.edu.au.

Credit Transfer

Charles Darwin University as a Registered Training Organisation recognises the Australian Qualifications Framework qualifications and Statement of Attainments issued by any other Australian Registered Training Organisation.

Students are encouraged to submit any requests for credit from previous studies at the time of enrolment, to ensure they are not enrolling in units they may not need to undertake.

In order to apply for exemption/credit transfer from units completed at another training organisation, you will need to complete an Application for Exemption Form available from any campus, centre, or team, or a copy of the form can be obtained from the web.

Your completed Application for Exemption form together with attached documentary evidence (certified copy of Qualification/Statement of Attainment) to support your request for exemption/credit transfer should be submitted directly to the University either in person or by mail. Requests without documentary evidence will not be processed and will be returned to students. There are no fees attached to Credit Transfers.

Pathways

VET to Higher Education Pathway Mapping for completed Awards in the same field or discipline.

Fees

2023 course fee for students who are eligible for an NT Government supported place is $546.00, and for students who are not eligible is $4,550.00.

VET fee exempt

Exemptions apply to VET tuition fees for NTG supported courses only.

At the time of enrolment, students in these categories will be exempt from paying tuition fees:

  • Recipient of a Centrelink payment
  • Recipient of a Veteran's Affairs payment
  • Enrolled Secondary Students
  • Permanent residents with refugee or humanitarian status

Certified copy of the evidence must be provided at the time of enrolment.

If your course is delivered in a location that is listed on the NTG’s Location Categories for VET Funded Programs, with remote as the location category you may be eligible for the Remote 2 Location tuition fee exemption.

Delivery allowance for VET funded programs

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Why study at CDU?

"Study with the Territory's largest provider of Vocational Education and Training (VET) and gain industry-ready skills and experience. Whether you're a high school student or a working professional, we've got the courses and qualifications you want plus the support and flexibility you need to succeed.

  • Learn from expert lecturers and industry professionals
  • Access to first-class facilities
  • Recognition of prior learning to qualify faster"
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Why study at CDU?

"Study with the Northern Territory's largest provider of Vocational Education and Training (VET) and gain industry-ready skills and experience.

  • Learn from expert lecturers and industry professionals
  • Access to first-class facilities - Recognition of prior learning accepted
  • Packages into higher education available for most courses"

What will I study?

To achieve SIT20421 Certificate II in Cookery a total of thirteen (13) units of competency must be completed comprising seven (7) Core and six (6) Elective units as detailed in the packaging rules and listed below.

Course structure

The total nominal hours for the sequence listed below is 364.
 

CodeModule/Unit of CompetencyHours
Core units of competency
SITHCCC023Use food preparation equipment25
SITHCCC027Prepare dishes using basic methods of cookery45
SITHCCC034Work effectively in a commercial kitchen60
SITHKOP009Clean kitchen premises and equipment13
SITXFSA005Use hygienic practices for food safety15
SITXINV006Receive, store and maintain stock20
SITXWHS005Participate in safe work practices12
 Total nominal hours for core units190
Elective units of competency (Select 6)
SITHCCC024Prepare and present simple dishes25
SITHCCC025Prepare and present sandwiches10
SITHCCC028Prepare appetisers and salads25
SITHCCC030Prepare vegetable, fruit, eggs and farinaceous dishes50
SITHPAT011Produce cakes24
SITXFSA006Participate in safe food handling practices40
 Total nominal hours for elective units174
 Total nominal hours for the qualification364

 

Entry requirements

Admission criteria

There are no entry requirements for this qualification, although students will be expected to have employment or have access to a suitable commercial kitchen to complete the required restaurant service periods.

The student attends a formal interview with the course coordinator to assess if the student is suitable for the course and has a clear understanding of the course requirements.

The students are sent a pre-enrolment information pack including student information, campus information, equipment and uniform requirements and costs of the course including a flyer. On commencement, the students complete enrolment forms, complete a learner support indicator assessment to determine any learner support needs, receive course information such as training dates and content. The students are given a campus tour and tour of the kitchen facilities where they will be undertaking the duration of the course.

The teachers at CDU were amazing!

They were very passionate and knowledgeable and worked hard to meet both the learning and personal needs of students. Their care and individual attention meant that students like me received additional one-on-one training when I missed classes due to family or work commitments. 

Leah

CDU student

CDU student Leah Sloane in front of her pub

The lecturers really care about us, and CDU has really good equipment to support our study. If you really want to join this course, you must know that everyone can cook, but not everyone can be a chef.

Nicholas

CDU student

palmerston-cookery-nicholas

Course details

Accreditation

This is a current, nationally accredited qualification from the SIT Tourism, Travel and Hospitality Training Package.

VET for secondary schools

VET for Secondary Students (VSS)

Select VSS for more detail about this program.

Employability skills

Employability Skills are embedded in the training and assessment of national training package qualifications. Information on the Employability Skills relevant to your qualification can be obtained by visiting this website and keying in the national code for the qualification: training.gov.au

Location and study mode

Delivery at all locations is subject to sufficient demand and resources.

Locations: Alice Springs, Palmerston

Study Mode: On campus

Subject to demand other locations and modes may become available throughout the year.

Additional information

Sector
Vocational Education & Training
Industry groups
TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY
Occupation types
Kitchenhand
Area of study
Tourism and Hospitality, Culinary Arts

Contact details

Email:Student.Central@cdu.edu.au. Phone: 1800 061 963 (free call).

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