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Short courses

SITSS00048 Espresso Machine Operation


Not available to international students.


Alice Springs, Palmerston

Estimated completion time: 0.5 year/s

Students will attend the campus for 4 x 7 hour days.

* - Student Visa holders must study internally full time

CDU Reference
Vocational Education & Training
Industry groups
Occupation types
Food Preparation Assistants Nfd

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.

Career opportunities

Occupations relevant to this qualification include:

  • Café Attendant
  • Barista

Credit transfers and pathways

Skills recognition

Skills recognition is not applicable to this course. CDU's short courses are highly targeted courses designed to help you improve a specific skill. They will help you improve your career prospects, maintain currency in your field, or allow you to try out something completely new.


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

Achievement of these units provides credit towards qualifications in tourism, travel, hospitality, events, holiday parks and resorts in the SIT Tourism, Travel and Hospitality Training Package.

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Entry 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.

All VET International applicants are required to meet the English language proficiency for their chosen course of study.

  • This is a current, nationally accredited Skill Set 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:

    Location and study mode

    Delivery 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.

Apply now for SITSS00048

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

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


Course fees

This course is currently free for eligible NT residents. Applications will be accepted until 31/07/2021 for this free short course. If your application and enrolment are received after this period, standard tuition fees will apply.

International Students

International students

How to apply direct to CDU

Applications to CDU must be submitted online.


You will need 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.

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


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