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Serving up the goods

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.  It provides a pathway to work as a commercial cook in organisations such as five star hotels and resorts, restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, clubs, pubs, hospitals and aged care facilities.

This competency based course is designed in stages providing a structured learning program for apprentice cooks. Course details

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Gold Coast - Southport

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Timothy Stapelforth

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Thanks to my real world training and experience at TAFE Queensland Gold Coast, I am proud to have been crowned the winner of the 2014 Gold Coast Young Chefs Award. The award culminated years of study and hard work which I couldn't have done without the guidance of my teachers.

Timothy Stapelforth
Certificate III in Commercial Cookery

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A thank you to all our amazing students. We are so glad you enjoyed your time with TAFE Queensland Gold Coast.

Key dates

Gold Coast - Southport Any time Workplace/TAFE

Entry requirements

  • To be eligible to enrol into this program students need to have completed a Training Contract with an employer, and therefore to be signed up as an apprentice.
  • You may be able to obtain recognition for your work or life experiences under the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process with 5+ years industry experience. 


Gold Coast - Southport
91-99 Scarborough Street
Southport QLD 4215

Resources required

As part of the course requirements you will need to purchase and wear a set uniform (if you do not already own one). A representative from our supplier Totally Workwear will be available at Orientation for you to be fitted, to order and make payment directly to Totally Workwear. If you do not attend the Orientation day, you will be responsible for making your own arrangements directly with the supplier Totally Workwear within seven days of the scheduled Orientation day.

Students are required to have the following equipment for practical lessons:

  • A compulsory uniform consisting of a chef's jacket, chef's pants, chef's cap, white necktie, a white bib style apron purchased from Totally Workwear (approximate cost $110.00)
  • A knife kit (if need to be purchased from Totally Workwear it will cost approximately $300.00)
  • Black enclosed leather non-slip shoes (if need to be purchased from Totally Workwear it will cost approximately $80.00)

Victorinox knife set:

  • Large cooks knife (blade length min. 25cm)
  • Paring knife (blade length min. 8cm)
  • Serrated bread knife
  • Boning knife (approx. 17cm)
  • Filleting knife (approx. 17cm)
  • Turning knife
  • Large sharpening steel
  • Spatula (200mm straight stainless steel with black plastic handle) (palette knife)
  • Thermo white plastic plain and star piping nozzles (9mm) - one of each
  • Lockable 16 pocket Chef bag

Whilst in attendance of practical classes you must wear your chef's uniform. This should be brought with you to classes and changed into upon arrival at TAFE Queensland Gold Coast and not worn on your way to or from the campus due to hygiene regulations.

  • It is recommended that students have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online systems, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for students to use at a number of TAFE Queensland locations.
  • Students are required to have a valid and appropriate email address. 
  • Please provide your own personal stationery.


Day release (TAFE Queensland Gold Coast attendance at Southport and workplace training). 

Students are expected to complete prior readings and assessments via the online Learning Management System (LMS) before beginning a practical class at TAFE Queensland Gold Coast.  Log-on details will be emailed to enrolled students.

To achieve a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery 25 units must be completed. 

Please note:
To reflect the nature of the industry this program is designed to be flexible.  Upon sign-up, training arrangements will be negotiated with the employer and apprentice to provide a tailored solution to meet their business needs.

Specified days and times will be provided to the employer and students via their timetable (timetables will be sent to the employer and apprentice).

School Based Option
This apprenticeship is also available as a school based option.  Delivery is negotiated with the school, employer and student to design a program that meets the needs of all stakeholders.

Student fees do not apply to school based students.

Every apprentice has a Training Record Book to record evidence of progression of training.  The TAFE trainer provides an online progress report to the employer and conducts workplace visits during the apprenticeship program.

Upon completion of each unit of competency, the training record will be signed by all parties:

  • The employer's signature supports that the apprentice or trainee is competent in the workplace, industry and company standards.
  • The apprentice or trainee's signature supports that he/she agrees he/she has the ability to competently perform the workplace tasks.
  • The training organisation's signature supports that successful completion of off-the-job training in the underpinning knowledge and skills.

Assessment is competency based and non-graded. This means that students must demonstrate that they are able to perform work tasks.

Assessment methods and tools may include: oral questions, written tasks (workbook, assignment, project work), online tasks (multiple choice, worksheets, uploading of assignments), group work (case studies, role plays, presentations), practical skills demonstration (with observation checklists) and signed third party reports.


To achieve a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery 25 units must be completed:

  • 21 core units and
  • 4 elective units
SITXWHS101 Participate in safe work practices Core
BSBSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices Core
BSBWOR203 Work effectively with others Core
SITHCCC001 Use food preparation equipment Core
SITHCCC003 Prepare and present sandwiches Elective
SITHCCC005 Prepare dishes using basic methods of cookery Core
SITHCCC006 Prepare appetisers and salads Core
SITHCCC007 Prepare stocks, sauces and soups Core
SITHCCC012 Prepare poultry dishes Core
SITHCCC013 Prepare seafood dishes Core
SITHCCC014 Prepare meat dishes Core
SITHCCC017 Handle and serve cheese Elective
SITHCCC018 Prepare food to meet special dietary requirements Core
SITHCCC019 Produce cakes, pastries and breads Core
SITHCCC020 Work effectively as a cook Core
SITHKOP001 Clean kitchen premises and equipment Core
SITHKOP002 Plan and cost basic menus Core
SITHKOP004 Develop menus for special dietary requirements Elective
SITHPAT006 Produce desserts Core
SITXFSA001 Use hygienic practices for food safety Core
SITXFSA002 Participate in safe food handling practices Core
SITXHRM001 Coach others in job skills Core
SITXINV001 Receive and store stock Elective
SITXINV002 Maintain the quality of perishable items Core
SITHCCC008 Prepare vegetable, fruit, eggs and farinaceous dishes Core


Not all electives available at all campuses

Eligible apprentices and trainees that meet the Queensland state funding requirements will be charged a student contribution fee of $1.60 per nominal hour. For more information on the number of units funded for this course visit Queensland Training Information Services.

Nominal hours for each unit will be outlined in the agreed training plan, which will be provided to the employer and apprentice or trainee, at the time of induction.

Non-funded apprentices and trainees will be charged a fee for service cost. The student and employer contribution fee will be outlined in the training place and agreed to, prior to the commencement of training.

Federal incentives may be available for employers, apprentices and trainees. Visit the Australian Apprenticeships website for more information.

For more information about the costs associated with undertaking this apprenticeship please email Ben Stewart at

For more information about the costs associated with undertaking an apprenticeship, please give us a call.

Additional Costs

There are no additional costs to study this course.


  • Upon successful completion of your apprenticeship you will be able to seek work as a qualified Cook and Food Service Caterer in cafes/clubs/hotels and associated catering industries.
  • You may also be eligible for course credits towards the Diploma of Hospitality Management.

As part of your course TAFE Queensland Gold Coast offers the opportunity of meeting with a Job Matching Officer who will assist you in resume writing, interview and presentation tips as well as job application preparation.  To get started, once enrolled, our Job Matching Officer will need your most current and detailed resume to review and to align your education and work experience with employers seeking job ready individuals. We look forward to working with you throughout your studies.

Contact details:
David Bott
p:  07 5581 8146
m: 0478 855 995

Job prospects

  • Cook
  • Hospitality Worker

Timothy Stapelforth

Get the skills that demand recognition

Thanks to my real world training and experience at TAFE Queensland Gold Coast, I am proud to have been crowned the winner of the 2014 Gold Coast Young Chefs Award. The award culminated years of study and hard work which I couldn't have done without the guidance of my teachers.

Timothy Stapelforth
Certificate III in Commercial Cookery

Are you ready to enrol?

If you are already employed as an apprentice or trainee, let your employer know that you want TAFE Queensland Gold Coast to be your Supervising Registered Training Organisation (SRTO). Contact an Australian Apprenticeships Centre to organise your training contract, then give us a call.

If you aren't employed yet, contact Australian JobSearch or a job service agency for help getting a job. Alternatively, contact us on 13 72 48 for further information on how we can help you make great happen.

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Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning

Fast-track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner.

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Note: All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolments.

Last updated on 19 March 2018

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