Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery

Certificate IV in Kitchen Management

IMPORTANT NOTE: This course is not suitable for persons unable to handle meat, seafood, poultry or dairy. We cannot guarantee that our kitchen facilities are free from potential allergens, including airborne particles of potential allergens. Accordingly, this course may not be suitable for people with severe allergies, including nuts allergies. Please note that all students must complete the units of competency required.

Course Description

This comprehensive course is designed to provide students with  the wide range of skills and knowledge required not only to become competent as a qualified chef or cook but also to gain a range of supervisory or leadership skills that will enhance graduate employability and future opportunities as a chef. Students are required to complete the Certificate III in Commercial Cookery units in their first year. Throughout the first year, students develop extensive practical food preparation cooking and presentation skills. In second year, student will develop kitchen management and leadership skills.

This certificate is designed to prepare students for a career as a Senior Chef or Chef de Cuisine and offers advanced skills in the areas of kitchen supervision, advanced food preparation and cookery. This includes staff supervision skills, stock control process, financial management and advanced catering skills. These skills are developed through a range of face to face theory delivery, practical training sessions in commercial hotel kitchens and industry work placement programs.

Students are required to undertake industry workplace training in various kitchen settings, such as in restaurants, hotels, clubs, pubs, cafes, cafeterias and coffee shops. At the end of the course, students are expected to operate independently or with limited guidance from others and use discretion to solve non-routine problems in a commercial kitchen.

This course is designed to advance student’s culinary skillset through menu design, creative recipe development and set up a food safety management system. The curriculum covers a range of classical French, contemporary Australian cuisines and degustations.


Career outcomes:

This qualification provides a pathway to work in various kitchen settings, such as restaurants, hotel, clubs, pubs, cafes, cafeterias and coffee shops. Possible job titles include:

  • Chef
  • Chef de partie
  • Chef de cuisine

Course Admission Requirements:

Australian Professional Skills Institute is CRICOS registered (CRICOS Provider Code 03255G). International students must be over 18 years of age before they can commence this course at APSI. Domestic and fee and service students must be over 16 years of age before they can commence this course.

Pre-requisite: SIT30821 Certificate III in Commercial Cookery


Additional Requirements

  • All students must be willing to apply, or already hold, a current National Police Clearance (not older than 3 months at time of enrolment). This is COMPULSORY for students/candidates to undertake workplace training. You can apply for police clearance online or in person.
  • All learners are required to wear in accordance with Cookery Students Dress Code while attending workplace training.

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Units of Competency:

This course consists of 33 units of competence with 27 core units and 6 elective units as listed below:

Unit Code Unit Name
Core Units
SITXFSA005 Use hygienic practices for food safety
SITXFSA006 Participate in safe food handling practices
SITHCCC023 Use food preparation equipment
SITHCCC027 Prepare dishes using basic methods of cookery
SITHCCC028 Prepare appetisers and salads
SITXINV006 Receive, store and maintain stock
SITHCCC043 Work effectively as a cook
SITHPAT016 Produce desserts
SITHCCC041 Produce cakes, pastries and breads
SITHCCC042 Prepare food to meet special dietary requirements
SITHCCC029 Prepare stocks, sauces and soups
SITHCCC035 Prepare poultry dishes
SITHCCC036 Prepare meat dishes
SITHCCC037 Prepare seafood dishes
SITHCCC030 Prepare vegetable, fruit, eggs and farinaceous dishes
SITHCCC031 Prepare vegetarian and vegan dishes
SITHKOP010 Plan and cost recipes
SITXCOM010 Manage conflict
SITXFIN009 Manage finances within a budget
SITXHRM008 Roster staff
SITXHRM009 Lead and manage people
SITXMGT004 Monitor work operations
SITXWHS007 Implement and monitor work health and safety practices
SITXFSA008 Develop and implement a food safety program
SITHKOP013 Plan cooking operations
SITHKOP015 Design and cost menus
SITHKOP012 Develop recipes for special dietary requirements


Elective Units
SITHCCC038 Produce and serve food for buffets
SITHCCC039 Produce pates and terrines
SITHCCC044 Prepare specialised food items
HLTAID011 Provide First Aid
SITXWHS005 Participate in safe work practices
SITHKOP009 Clean kitchen premises and equipment
Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery
Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery

Course Details

Mode of Delivery
This course is delivered in a mix of face to face training, multi-media demonstrations, hands-on practical training in a commercial kitchen, practical in simulated hospitality environment and workplace training.

Each day of delivery follows the same structure. The first 2 hours involves chef trainer lead and student focussed explanation, demonstrations, presentations, questions and answers, student practice. The second 2 hours involves the trainer and student undertaking their assessment tasks on premises (as a learning tool) utilising the specialised training facilities under the required supervision of the trainer.

All students are required to undertake industry work placements in a commercial kitchen after the fifth week of their first term. The industry work placement is usually one to two days per week and will continue until the end of the course. This industry work placement gives our students the opportunity to gain real work experience in a real-life professional kitchen, gain new ideas from top chefs and provides networking opportunities with industry professionals.

Career Outcome
At the end of the course, students will be able to competently undertake various tasks in a commercial cookery environment and take up positions such as

  • Chef
  • Chef de partie
  • Chef de cuisine
Course Duration

Certificate III in Commercial Cookery (pre-requisite) – 52 weeks (1 year)

Certificate IV in Kitchen Management – 26 weeks (6 months)

Entry Requirements
  • For domestic students requirements, please view the page for entry requirements here.
  • For international students and English language requirements, please view the page for entry requirements here.
  • This course is not suitable for persons unable to handle meat, seafood, poultry or dairy products.
  • Have a passion to work in the kitchen or hospitality industry

Students need to attend face to face training at APSI campus and other training locations for a minimum of 20 hours per week.

Class hours (Practical Classes): Monday to Saturday - between 7 am to 8 pm.

Class hours (Theory Classes): Monday to Friday - between 8:30 am to 5 pm.

Timetables/Delivery Schedules/Classes are subject to change without prior notice due to availability of training kitchens and teaching staff. Students will be given a timetable during orientation.

Assessment Methods

Assessment is based on the principles of competency based training. Performance of learners is assessed on their ability to perform the task(s) to industry standards. In order to ensure the principles of validity are upheld are variety of learning styles and a range of assessment strategies are used.

Assessment for each unit of competence will be through a combination of classroom based and work placement tasks. Classroom based assessment includes but is not limited to:

  • Classroom exercises
  • Assignments
  • Practical demonstrations
  • Group Activities
  • Projects
  • Verbal and/or written questions

Students are advised well in advance of assessment activities and a student may put forward for consideration any special needs they may have. The assessment criterion is documented in all modules, and workbooks. Dates of assessment are provided on the first day of class along with a timetable. Students may be assessed by a combination of continuous assessment and examinations. Continuous assessment may be based on competencies and marks, or a combination of both.


All commercial cookery students are required to purchase one full set of chef’s uniform through APSI’s designed supplier. The chef’s uniform consists of chef’s  jacket, trousers, apron, chef’s hat and protective footwear. All students must wear full set of chef’s uniform when they attend training in the commercial kitchen.

Students are also required to purchase one full set of knives for all practical classes.

Dress code while attending theory class at APSI campus

There is a dress code for all hospitality students. Students are required to wear a white shirt / blouse and black trousers or skirt while attending class. Flat black non-slip covered shoes must be worn at all times.

All learners are required to wear in accordance with Cookery Students Dress Code while attending workplace training.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL is available to anyone who has experience working in a commercial kitchen.


  • provides an alternative pathway to achieving a qualification without course attendance
  • is a consultative process between with the candidate and the assessor to determine whether the candidate has acquired the requisite learning, skills and knowledge to demonstrate that they have achieved the required learning outcomes or performance criteria of the course or qualification, for which the candidate is seeking
  • identifies where appropriate additional learning experiences or training gaps are needed to achieve the course or qualification
  • is the conduct of an assessment to confirm competency.

APSI has developed a process that promotes holistic and task-based assessment. It focuses on relating assessment activities to actual job tasks. The intention of this model is to streamline and simplify the process of recognising competency.

Prior to RPL, information is provided to the candidate on the assessment process. Specific advice is given to each candidate on how they can demonstrate their competence and what documentary evidence is required to support their application. Each industry has unique documents that can provide evidence of experience and competence.

The candidate is required to provide adequate information prior to, throughout and after a training and assessment experience. The assessor, in this process, needs to be fully aware of the needs of the candidate and help them identify relevant workplace personnel who can confirm the candidate’s competency.

The focus of the APSI streamlined holistic assessment process is to focus on demonstrated skills and knowledge and not to rely purely on documentary evidence as the main source of evidence.

Some examples of documentary evidence that can support the process include:

  • licences such as First Aid, RSA
  • CV or work history with details of job role and responsibilities
  • previous qualifications from overseas and Australia
  • certificates and records of results or assessments completed with other RTO’s
  • photographs of work undertaken
  • samples of related project work
  • diaries of tasks performed
  • task sheets/job sheets/logbooks
  • site training records
  • pay slips / employment contracts / job descriptions
  • memberships of relevant professional associations
  • references/letters/third party reports from previous employers/supervisors
  • industry awards
  • performance appraisals
This qualification is nationally recognised under the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) at Certificate III/ IV level. As a registered training organisation, qualifications issued by Australian Professional Skills Institute are nationally recognised. If all units of competency are not achieved in this qualification, a Statement of Attainment will be issued for the units that have been deemed competent.
Upon completion of Certificate IV, students can continue to study Diploma of Hospitality (Commercial Cookery Specialisation)
Employment Skills
This qualification prepares a person to select, adapt and transfer skills to a new environment and to provide technical advice and some leadership in resolution of specific problems. This would be applied across a range of roles in a variety of contexts with some complexity in the extent and choice of options available.

(Source: AQF Implementation Handbook 2007)

Location of Delivery

East Perth main campus

Wellington Fair, 40 Lord Street, East Perth, WA 6004 Western Australia

Practical kitchens and industry work placement

Rendezvous Hotel Perth Scarborough

Address: 148 The Esplanade, Scarborough, WA 6019

Rendezvous Hotel Perth Central

Address: 24 Mount Street, Perth WA 6000

Website| rendezvoushotels.com

Industry Workplace Training

At the Workplace approved by your course coordinator



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