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Think you can handle the heat!

Then you had better step into the kitchen with this Certificate II in Kitchen Operations! This qualification provides a bite size taste of what working in fast-paced kitchen environments is really like. You will learn food preparation, safety and basic cookery skills that will get you job-ready for a rewarding career in kitchens anywhere in the world! If you are studying at our Toowoomba location, you may also benefit from TAFE Queensland South West partnering with Grand Central Shopping Centre to provide this valuable training. Course details

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Bundamba, Kingaroy, Toowoomba, Warwick

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Full time: up to 6 months / 2 days per week

Course details


  • Full Fee $3,380
  • Subsidised $299 - $1,588
  • Concession $65 - $1,140

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1300 914 754

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Gain in-demand skills to travel the world...

A career in hospitality and events can take you anywhere, opens doors, and puts you where the action is. We offer a range of courses to provide the skills to work in restaurants, cafes, bars and hotels

Unique Student Identifier (USI) - Student Information

From 1 January 2015 if you are undertaking a nationally recognised program at TAFE Queensland you will need to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). Learn all about the USI and how to get your USI for your study.

Key dates

Bundamba 16 Apr 2018 Full time / 2 days per week Classroom
16 Jul 2018 Full time / 2 days per week Classroom
Kingaroy 17 Apr 2018 Full time / 2 days per week Classroom
16 Jul 2018 Full time / 2 days per week Classroom
Toowoomba 16 Apr 2018 Full time / 2 days per week Classroom
16 Jul 2018 Full time / 2 days per week Classroom
Warwick 18 Apr 2018 Full time / 2 days per week Classroom
16 Jul 2018 Full time / 2 days per week Classroom

Entry requirements

While there are no formal entry requirements for this qualification, it is recommended that you have sound literacy and numeracy skills.


Cnr Mary and Byrne Streets
Bundamba QLD 4304

Cnr Bunya Highway and Geritz Road
Kingaroy QLD 4610

100 Bridge Street
Toowoomba QLD 4350

200 Dragon Street
Warwick QLD 4370

Resources required

You will require a valid and appropriate email address, 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.

You will also require personal stationery (including pens and paper), as well as:


  • Chef's Jacket (Traditional style with white buttons, or modern wrap around style)
  • Traditional check trousers
  • White neckerchief
  • White Apron - waist or bib
  • White traditional style chefs hat - paper fabric or cloth/white skull cap - clean and suitably presented
  • Black, enclosed, non-slip, leather shoes
  • Black socks

The above items are required to undertake the practical classes, and are available at a variety of hospitality stores. Quality and price may vary. These requirements can be discussed further at Orientation.

The below beginners knife/tool kit is recommended, but not mandatory, and will be discussed further during the first week of class.

  • Cooks knife - 20cm to 25cm (8" to 10")
  • Paring knife
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Lockable knife box or knife roll
  • Sharpening steel
  • Gas lighter

 Engrave all knives with your name or initials or mark the handle with bright nail varnish.


Classes for this course are generally held 2 days per week for 1 Semester (up to 6 months).

Bundamba - Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9am to 3pm in room D2:18 Training Kitchen

Toowoomba - Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am to 3pm in room A1-18 Training Kitchen

Kingaroy - Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9am to 3pm in room A1-20 Training Kitchen

Warwick - Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9am to 3pm in room B31B/B32 Training Kitchen

A more detail timetable will be provided at orientation.

Please note, timetables are subject to change and may vary each intake/semester.


There is a work experience program incorporated into this qualification. You will be required to participate in a minimum of 12 services in an establishment.


The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete 13 units in total, including 8 core units and 5 elective units.

SITXFSA001 Use hygienic practices for food safety Core
BSBWOR203 Work effectively with others Core
SITHCCC001 Use food preparation equipment Core
SITHCCC005 Prepare dishes using basic methods of cookery Core
SITHCCC011 Use cookery skills effectively Core
SITHKOP001 Clean kitchen premises and equipment Core
SITXINV002 Maintain the quality of perishable items Core
SITXWHS001 Participate in safe work practices Core
SITXFSA002 Participate in safe food handling practices Elective
SITHCCC006 Prepare appetisers and salads Elective
SITHCCC002 Prepare and present simple dishes Elective
SITHCCC003 Prepare and present sandwiches Elective
SITHIND002 Source and use information on the hospitality industry Elective


The elective units available may vary between locations, delivery modes and intakes.

Toowoomba students who are eligible for a Training Queensland Subsidy may be eligible for an additional financial contribution towards their course fees from Grand Central. Contact us now to find out more.

TAFE Queensland South West has a range of payment options to help you make great happen. If you are unsure of what's right for you, or just want someone to talk it over with, call us on 1300 914 754. We're here to help.

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$299 - $1,588


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$65 - $1,140


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Payment Plan

If you have difficulty paying the full cost of a course up front you might be eligible for a payment plan. This will allow you to pay for your course in instalments, rather than one upfront payment at the time of enrolment.


The Queensland Government will offset the cost of study for eligible students. You will still need to pay for a portion of your study costs. The amount above is what you will need to pay.

Certificate 3 Guarantee

You can receive a subsidy towards one Certificate III qualification from a list of eligible courses.

You're eligible for the Certificate 3 Guarantee if you:

  • are 15 years or older and no longer in school
  • live in Queensland full time
  • are an Australian or New Zealand citizen, permanent resident, or temporary resident with the necessary visa or work permits
  • don't currently hold (or are enrolled in) a certificate 3 or higher level qualification (not including qualifications completed at school and foundation skills training).

Give us a call to find out more.

If you're a Queensland resident, have just finished year 12 and are keen to start your studies within the next calendar year, you might be eligible to study fee free!

The Queensland government has identified a number of industries with a high demand for trained workers. To help fill these gaps, they will pay the full cost of a number of certificate III qualifications in high-priority study areas under the Certificate 3 Guarantee and User Choice programs.

We want school leavers to gain the important skills and training they need before starting their university studies or careers - debt-free.

For more info, check out the Training Queensland website, or call TAFE Queensland South West on 1300 914 754.


You are eligible for the concession price of a course if you are eligible for subsidised training, and are listed on an Australian Government Low Income Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, if you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, you hold a Department of Veterans' Affairs Pensioner Concession Card, or if you have a disability.

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Additional costs

Please refer to the 'Resources required' section for additional costs you may incur to undertake this program.


SIT20416 Certificate II in Kitchen Operations

Job prospects

  • Fast Food Cook
  • Sandwich Hand
  • Catering Assistant

Enrol now

You're ready if you have:

  • checked your meet the entry requirements (under the course details tab)
  • checked your important dates (under the course details tab)
  • checked your course costs and know which payment option is right for you
    (under the costs tab)
  • checked your rights and responsibilities as a student, as detailed in the student handbook and refund policy
  • Created your Unique Student Identifier and can provide this code to Customer Service TAFE Queensland

All done? Then you're ready to enrol.

All done? Then head to the link below to complete your enrolment:



  • Term 1 2018 - Monday 29 January 2018 at 9am in room D2:18 Training Kitchen
  • Term 2 2018 - Monday 16 April 2018 at 9am in room D2:18 Training Kitchen


  • Term 1 2018 - Monday 29 January 2018 at 9am in room A1-18 Training Kitchen
  • Term 2 2018 - Monday 16 April 2018 at 9am in room A1-18 Training Kitchen


  • Term 1 2018 - Tuesday 30 January 2018 in room A1-20 Training Kitchen
  • Term 2 2018 - Tuesday 17 April 2018 in room A1-20 Training Kitchen


  • Term 1 2018Wednesday 31 January 2018 in room B31B/B32 Training Kitchen
  • Term 2 2018 - Wednesday 18 April 2018 in room B31B/B32 Training Kitchen


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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 16 March 2018

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