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SITSS00048 Espresso Machine Operation

This skill set covers the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to extract and serve espresso coffee beverages using commercial espresso machines and grinders. It requires the ability to advise customers on coffee beverages, select and grind coffee beans, prepare and assess espresso coffee beverages and to use, maintain and clean espresso machines and grinders. Complex repairs of equipment would be referred to specialist service technicians. Additionally, you will learn to conduct financial transactions and deliver quality customer service.

There is a significant component of hands on coffee training with commercial espresso machines. This delivery is supported by theory-based activities and assessment tasks. Delivery is conducted over 4 days at either CDU Palmerston or Alice Springs Campus.

Career opportunities

Occupations relevant to this qualification include:
>Café Attendant

Entry requirements

You must:

  • be 18 years or older; and
  • not be attending secondary school; and
  • be able to demonstrate appropriate language, literacy, and numeracy skills and knowledge to undertake this course. This is demonstrated if you have completed a qualification deemed equivalent to an Australian Year 11 or higher, Australian Certificate III or higher, or by completing a Language, Literacy, and Numeracy (LLN) assessment.

*If you do not meet the entry requirements and would like to discuss your options, contact Student Central.

Essential requirements

To gain entry into SITSS00048 Espresso Machine Operation candidates must be domestic students aged 15 years or above. Applicants will be required to complete a learner support assessment to determine any support needs.


To be eligible for an NT Government funded place you must be:

  • a Northern Territory resident
  • an Australian citizen, permanent Australian resident or a New Zealand citizen who has resided in Australia for a minimum of six months


To be eligible for an NT Government funded place you must be:

  • a resident of the Northern Territory; and
  • a temporary visa holder who:
    • does not have work or study restrictions
    • has a valid visa for the duration of the training, allowing for the total volume of learning required to achieve the qualification, including supervised and unsupervised training and study
    • is not the primary provisional visa holder of a skilled, business innovation and investment, student, work or holiday visa identified on the Department of Home Affairs website.

Upcoming intakes

Location Start Date Duration Delivery Details Subsidised NTG fee Domestic full fee International full fee Application
Palmerston Campus 15 Oct 2021 4 days Classes are conducted on campus over 4 days from 9:00am - 4:00pm:

Friday 15 October

Friday 22 October

Friday 29 October

Friday 5 November
$332.50 $1,425.00 $1,953.20  
Alice Springs Campus 19 Oct 2021 4 days Classes are conducted on campus over 4 days from 9:00am - 4:00pm:

Tuesday 19 October

Wednesday 20 October

Thursday 21 October

Friday 22 October
$332.50 $1,425.00 $1,953.20  
Alice Springs Campus 24 Nov 2021 4 days Classes are conducted on campus over 4 days from 9:00am - 4:00pm :

Wednesday 24 November

Thursday 25 November

Wednesday 1 December

Thursday 2 December
$332.50 $1,425.00 $1,953.20 Apply

Course structure

This skill set SITSS00048 Espresso Machine Operation includes four units of competency from the SIT Training Package which is recognised nationwide.

Students will be issued with a Statement of Attainment for units successfully completion.

The total Nominal Hours for the sequence listed below is 95.

Code Module/Unit of Competency
SITHFAB005 Prepare and serve espresso coffee 30
SITXCCS006 Provide service to customers 25
SITXFIN001 Process financial transactions 25
SITXFSA001 Use hygienic practices for food safety 15
  Total nominal hours for the Skillset 95



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

Additional information

You can access student services, find support and explore your community through the Current Students web.

Contact details Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call).