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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.

Student Visa holders must study internally full time

Intake

On campus - Semester 1, Semester 2
Online - No

Locations

Alice Springs, Palmerston
Alice Springs, Palmerston

Course code

SIT30816

Overview

This qualification reflects the role of commercial cooks who use a wide range of well-developed cookery skills and sound knowledge of kitchen operations to prepare food and menu items. Using discretion and judgement, they work with some independence and under limited supervision using plans, policies and procedures to guide work activities.

This qualification provides a pathway to work as a commercial cook in organisations such as restaurants, hotels, clubs, pubs, cafés, and coffee shops.

This qualification may also be suitable for Apprenticeships.

Career opportunities

Successful completion of this qualification may lead to employment as a cook in commercial kitchens, large or small restuarants, cafes, 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.

Credit transfers and advanced standing

Skill recognition

Credit transfer, or advanced standing, is awarded based on previous relevant studies completed successfully within the past seven years.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process of advanced standing where credit is granted based upon the assessment of a student's prior formal, non-formal and informal learning (or a combination thereof) to determine the extent to which the student has achieved the required learning outcomes of a specified unit.

To apply for credit transfer or RPL, you must apply to study at CDU and submit the relevant supporting documents including:

  • HE113 Application for Exemption Form (PDF, 216.84 KB)
  • Official Academic Record (Academic transcript and award certificates)
  • Unit outlines or syllabus matching time-frame of studies. Unit outlines must be specific to the teaching period in which the unit was undertaken and must include:
    • aims/objectives
    • learning outcomes
    • assessment items
    • resources required and institutional identifiers (web links are not accepted, these must be converted to PDF prior to submission)

Please make sure you submit all the required documents with your application to ensure processing time is reduced.

 

Fees

2022 indicative course fees:
This course is free for eligible students who receive a NT Domestic Subsidised place or $13,245.00 for Domestic Full fee places. Actual fees will vary according to your choice of units.

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

International tuition Fees

The annual tuition fee for commencing students in 2022 is AUD $14,800.00.
These fees are subject to annual increases each year of your study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

You can find a list of International fees and payments you can expect to pay as part of your studies in Australia.

CDU offers a number of scholarships to international students to assist with the cost of study.

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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 SIT30816 Certificate III in Commercial Cookery a total of Twenty five (25) units of competency must be completed comprising twenty-one (21) Core and four (4) Elective units as detailed in the packaging rules and listed below.

Course structure

PALMERSTON CAMPUS

The total Nominal Hours for the sequence listed below is 883

CodeModule/Unit of Competency

Hours

CORE UNITS OF COMPETENCY
BSBSUS201Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices20
BSBWOR203Work effectively with others15
SITHCCC001Use food preparation equipment *25
SITHCCC005Prepare dishes using basic methods of cookery *45
SITHCCC006Prepare appetisers and salads *25
SITHCCC007Prepare stocks, sauces and soups *35
SITHCCC008Prepare vegetable, fruit, egg and farinaceous dishes *45
SITHCCC012Prepare poultry dishes *25
SITHCCC013Prepare seafood dishes *30
SITHCCC014Prepare meat dishes *50
SITHCCC018Prepare food to meet special dietary requirements *75
SITHCCC019Produce cakes, pastries and breads *40
SITHCCC020Work effectively as a cook *80
SITHKOP001Clean kitchen premises and equipment *13
SITHKOP002Plan and cost basic menus30
SITHPAT006Produce desserts *100
SITXFSA001Use hygienic practices for food safety15
SITXFSA002Participate in safe food handling practices40
SITXHRM001Coach others in job skills20
SITXINV002Maintain the quality of perishable items *10
SITXWHS001Participate in safe work practices12
 Total nominal hours for core units750
ELECTIVE UNITS OF COMPETENCY
SITHCCC015Produce and serve food for buffets *25
SITHCCC016Produce pates and terrines *30
SITHCCC021Prepare specialised food items*60
HLTAID003Provide first aid18
 Total nominal hours for elective units133
 Total nominal hours for the qualification883

* Pre-requisite unit SITXFSA001 Use hygienic practices for food safety
 

Entry requirements

Admission criteria

There are no entry requirements for this qualification, although students will be expected to have employment in a relevant establishment. Individuals may enter SIT30816 Certificate III in Commercial Cookery with limited or no vocational experience and without a lower level qualification.

On commencement of an apprenticeship a CDU Apprentice Coordinator will be in contact with the apprentice, employer and any other required parties to discuss and negotiate a training plan for the apprenticeship duration. The apprentices and employer will then be sent a callup letter each semester which indicates training dates and times.

On commencement of the course, the student completes the enrolment forms, completes a learner support indicator assessment, receives 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.

Admission criteria

As part of the application process, it is important that you meet the minimum academic entry requirements. If you have any questions, please email the International team: international@cdu.edu.au. We look forward to helping you through the process of applying to study with us at CDU.

ProgramsEntry requirements
Certificate level programsA qualification equivalent to Australian Year 10
Diploma and advanced diploma programsA qualification equivalent to Australian Year 12

Essential requirements

English language requirements

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic ModuleA minimum overall score of 5.5 with no band less than 5.0.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)A minimum overall score of 165.
Common European Framework Certificate of English Proficiency 
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic moduleA minimum overall score of 42 with no less than 36 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT)A minimum overall score of 46 with a minimum writing score of 21.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email: international@cdu.edu.au.

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

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Course details

Accreditation

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

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:Palmerston

Study Mode: On campus

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

International Students

This qualification is available to international students at Alice Springs and Palmerston campus (CRICOS Course No. 094488D).

Additional information

Sector
Vocational Education & Training
Industry groups
EXCEPTIONS - COOKERY
Occupation types
Cook
Area of study
Tourism and Hospitality, Culinary Arts

Contact details

Email:Student.Central@cdu.edu.au. Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call).

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How to apply

How to apply for domestic students

CDU VET has several pathways for you to apply.

 

Visit How to apply for CDU VET courses for more information.

 

Admission requirements for domestic students

Before applying, you may want to check if you meet the admission requirements for studying with CDU.

 

CDU has many pathways to study, so don't worry if you don't meet the admission requirements right now. There is a study pathway to get you started on your journey.

Not sure if you are a domestic or international student?

That's OK - it can be a little tricky to know the difference.

 

To help you out, we've put together a guide to answer any questions you might have.

How to apply for international students

Applications to CDU must be submitted online.

 

The process is simple, all you need is a valid email address to create your online account.

 

Once you have started the application you will have the option of saving your application and resuming it at a later date.

 

There is no application fee when you apply online.

Find a CDU agent partner

Applicants may seek further information about international education in Australia from the Australian Government Department of Education and Training or from our overseas / external representatives.

 

To help with the process, we've compile a list of authorised representatives.

Not sure if you are a domestic or international student?

That's OK - it can be a little tricky to know the difference.

 

To help you out, we've put together a guide to answer any questions you might have.

 

Things like the difference between domestic and international students or the difference between course types like VET and undergraduate.

CRICOS codes

Location
CRICOS Code
Alice Springs
094488D
Palmerston
094488D

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