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This qualification provides a pathway to work in a variety of catering environments, such as hospitals, aged care facilities, sporting and entertainment venues, hotel banqueting departments, production kitchens and mobile catering businesses of varying sizes. You will gain a range of basic cookery skills and acquire a sound knowledge of kitchen operations. If you thrive under pressure and enjoy working with others, then this is the qualification for you! Course details

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Bundamba, Kingaroy, Roma, Toowoomba, Warwick

Key dates and info


Workplace/TAFE: up to 2 years

Course details

1300 914 754

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How to enrol

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 Any time Workplace/TAFE
Kingaroy Any time Workplace/TAFE
Roma Any time Workplace/TAFE
Toowoomba Any time Workplace/TAFE
Warwick Any time Workplace/TAFE

Entry requirements

Students must be employed as an apprentice or trainee and have a signed Registered Training Contract, stating TAFE Queensland South West is the Supervising Registered Training Organisation (SRTO).

The Queensland Government's Apprenticeships Info website provides information about apprenticeships and traineeships (including school-based) in Queensland.

For further information about probationary periods for this trade qualification, visit Queensland Training Information Service (QTIS).


Cnr Mary and Byrne Streets
Bundamba QLD 4304

Cnr Bunya Highway and Geritz Road
Kingaroy QLD 4610

Timbury Street
Roma QLD 4455

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


Timetables will vary according to location. Attendance at TAFE may be up to 15 hours per stage, however the majority of training will occur in the workplace. Attendance at TAFE will be negotiated with individual students and their employers.


21 units must be completed:

  • 12 core units
  • 9 elective units
SITHFAB007 Serve food and beverage Elective
SITHFAB002 Provide responsible service of alcohol Elective
SITHIND002 Source and use information on the hospitality industry Elective
SITHPAT006 Produce desserts Elective
SITXINV001 Receive and store stock Elective
SITHCCC003 Prepare and present sandwiches Elective
SITHCCC008 Prepare vegetable, fruit, eggs and farinaceous dishes Elective
SITHCCC006 Prepare appetisers and salads Elective
SITHCCC018 Prepare food to meet special dietary requirements Elective
SITHKOP002 Plan and cost basic menus Elective
SITHCCC011 Use cookery skills effectively Elective
SITXWHS001 Participate in safe work practices Core
SITXINV002 Maintain the quality of perishable items Core
SITXHRM001 Coach others in job skills Core
SITXFSA002 Participate in safe food handling practices Core
SITXFSA001 Use hygienic practices for food safety Core
SITXCOM002 Show social and cultural sensitivity Core
SITHKOP001 Clean kitchen premises and equipment Core
SITHCCC005 Prepare dishes using basic methods of cookery Core
SITHCCC002 Prepare and present simple dishes Core
SITHCCC001 Use food preparation equipment Core
BSBWOR203 Work effectively with others Core
BSBSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices Core


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

What are my payment options?

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland South West has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, call us on 1300 914 754. We're here to help.

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


SIT30916 Certificate III in Catering Operations

Are you ready to enrol?

If you are already employed as an apprentice or trainee, let your employer know that you want TAFE Queensland South West to be your Supervising Registered Training Organisation (SRTO), then contact an Australian Apprenticeships Centre to organise your training contract.

If you aren't employed yet, contact an Australian Apprenticeships Centre or a job service agency for help getting a job. Alternatively, contact us on 1300 914 754 for further information on how we can help you make great happen.

For information about your rights and responsibilities as a student, check out the student handbook and refund policy


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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 13 July 2017

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1300 914 754

Industry endorsed

Payment options

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