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Key details

Duration

1.5 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 (ASP), PALMERSTON (PAL), Alice Springs, Palmerston
ALICE SPRINGS (ASP), PALMERSTON (PAL)

Course code

SIT40521

Overview

This qualification reflects the role of chefs and cooks who have a supervisory or team leading role in the kitchen. They operate independently or with limited guidance from others and use discretion to solve non-routine problems.This qualification provides a pathway to work in organisations such as restaurants, hotels, clubs, pubs, cafes and coffee shops, or to run a small business in these sectors.

The skills in this qualification must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State or Territory legislation, Australian standards and industry codes of practice.

No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Career opportunities

Occupations relevant to this qualification in industry sectors such as Hospitality include:

  • Chef
  • Chef de partie

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.

Students who successfully complete VET qualifications at the Certificate IV level or above and subsequently enrol in a Bachelor degree in the same field or discipline, will receive advanced standing as detailed in the table below.

Completed Award Course Level
HE
VET
to a HE Award
Credit granted for a completed award in the same field
Certificate IV
*
3 year Bachelor award
up to 40 credit points
Certificate IV
*
4 year Bachelor award
up to 40 credit points
Diploma
*
*
3 year Bachelor award
up to 80 credit points
Diploma
*
*
4 year Bachelor award
up to 80 credit points
Advanced Diploma
*
*
3 year Bachelor award
up to 160 credit points
Advanced Diploma
*
*
4 year Bachelor award
up to 160 credit points
Associate Degree
*
3 year Bachelor award
up to 160 credit points
Associate Degree
*
4 year Bachelor award
up to 160 credit points

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

In 2023 this course is FREE for eligible students who receive an NT Domestic Supported place.

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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 SIT40521 Certificate IV in Kitchen Management a total of thirty-three (33) units of competency must be completed comprising twenty-seven (27) 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 1415.
 

CodeModule/Unit of CompetencyHours
Core units of competency
SITHCCC023Use food preparation equipment25
SITHCCC027Prepare dishes using basic methods of cookery45
SITHCCC028Prepare appetisers and salads25
SITHCCC029Prepare stocks, sauces and soups35
SITHCCC030Prepare vegetable, fruit, eggs and farinaceous dishes50
SITHCCC031Prepare vegetarian and vegan dishes40
SITHCCC035Prepare poultry dishes35
SITHCCC036Prepare meat dishes55
SITHCCC037Prepare seafood dishes35
SITHCCC041Produce cakes, pastries and breads55
SITHCCC042Prepare food to meet special dietary requirements75
SITHCCC043Work effectively as a cook100
SITHKOP010Plan and cost recipes40
SITHKOP012Develop recipes for special dietary requirements25
SITHKOP013Plan cooking operations100
SITHKOP015Design and cost menus30
SITHPAT016Produce desserts100
SITXCOM010Manage conflict20
SITXFIN009Manage finances within a budget30
SITXFSA005Use hygienic practices for food safety15
SITXFSA006Participate in safe food handling practices40
SITXFSA008Develop and implement a food safety program50
SITXHRM008Roster staff30
SITXHRM009Lead and manage people60
SITXINV006Receive, store and maintain stock20
SITXMGT004Monitor work operations20
SITXWHS007Implement and monitor work health and safety practices30
 Total nominal hours for core units1185
Elective units of competency (Select 6)
SITHCCC038Produce and serve food for buffets25
SITHCCC040Prepare and serve cheese20
SITHCCC044Prepare specialised food items60
SITHFAB021Provide responsible service of alcohol10
SITHFAB023Operate a bar35
SITHFAB027Serve food and beverage80
 Total nominal hours for elective units230
 Total nominal hours for the qualification1415

 

Entry requirements

Admission criteria

Candidates will be required to attend a meeting with the course lecturer prior to enrolment to discuss the requirements of the course.

Students will be sent a pre-enrolment letter generated by the team and sent to them by the coordinator. The pre-enrolment letter indicates to the student who the coordinating lecturer is, contact information, when the induction and enrolment day is for the course, and what the students are required to bring on the day.

On the day of induction, the students complete enrolment forms, complete a learner support indicator assessment to determine learning support requirements, and receive course information such as training dates and content.

Students will be expected to have employment in a relevant position in a commercial kitchen to satisfy the requirements of the unit SITHKOP013 Plan cooking operations, which requires students to supervise at least 12 service periods, and SITHCCC043 Work effectively as a cook which requires students to complete 48 restaurant services.

International students are required to have an IELTS level of 5.5 to be accepted into the program.

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.

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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: 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
Chef
Area of study

Contact details

Email:Student.Central@cdu.edu.au. Phone: 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 (ASP)
109632G
PALMERSTON (PAL)
109632G

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