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This qualification reflects the role of commercial cooks who have a supervisory or team leading role in the kitchen. They operate independently or with limited guidance from others and use discretion to solve non-routine problems.

This qualification provides a pathway to work in organisations such as restaurants, hotels, clubs, pubs, cafes and coffee shops, or to run a small business in these sectors.

Note: This qualification has been superseded on 9th  June 2022 with the equivalent qualification SIT40521 Certificate IV in Kitchen Management. Students who are enrolled in superseded qualification will be transition to new qualification if required.

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Rockford College

RTO Code: 45650

CRICOS Provide Code: 03882C

Course Description

This qualification reflects the role of commercial cooks who have a supervisory or team leading role in the kitchen. They operate independently or with limited guidance from others and use discretion to solve non-routine problems.

This qualification provides a pathway to work in organisations such as restaurants, hotels, clubs, pubs, cafes and coffee shops, or to run a small business in these sectors.

Target Group

  • Individuals seeking to pursue or further a career in Commercial Cookery.
  • Individual seeking to enter a new industry sector.
  • Individuals seeking a pathway to higher-level qualifications.

Career Outcome

Chef, chef de partie

Future Pathway

Potential employment options are in the commercial cookery sector in the roles such as chef or chef de partie.

Students who complete this course may wish to continue their education into a range of Diploma qualifications, such as the SIT50422 Diploma of Hospitality Management.

Course Structure

Thirty-three (33) units including twenty-six (26) core units and seven (7) elective units are required for the award of the SIT40516 Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery. Units have been selected in accordance with the packaging rules and are relevant to the work outcome, local industry requirements and qualification level.

Unit of Competency

Unit Code Unit Name
BSBDIV501 Manage diversity in the workplace
BSBSUS401 Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
SITHCCC001 Use food preparation equipment*
SITHCCC005 Prepare dishes using basic methods of cookery*
SITHCCC006 Prepare appetisers and salads*
SITHCCC007 Prepare stocks, sauces and soups*
SITHCCC008 Prepare vegetable, fruit, egg and farinaceous dishes*
SITHCCC012 Prepare poultry dishes*
SITHCCC013 Prepare seafood dishes*
SITHCCC014 Prepare meat dishes*
SITHCCC018 Prepare food to meet special dietary requirements*
SITHCCC019 Produce cakes, pastries and breads*
SITHCCC020 Work effectively as a cook*
SITHKOP002 Plan and cost basic menus
SITHKOP004 Develop menus for special dietary requirements
SITHKOP005 Coordinate cooking operations*
SITHPAT006 Produce desserts*
SITXCOM005 Manage conflict
SITXFIN003 Manage finances within a budget
SITXFSA001 Use hygienic practices for food safety
SITXFSA002 Participate in safe food handling practices
SITXHRM001 Coach others in job skills
SITXHRM003 Lead and manage people
SITXINV002 Maintain the quality of perishable items*
SITXMGT001 Monitor work operations
SITXWHS003 Implement and monitor work health and safety practices
SITXWHS002 Identify hazards, assess and control safety risks
SITXFIN004 Prepare and monitor budgets
SITXCCS007 Enhance customer service experiences
SITXGLC001 Research and comply with regulatory requirements
BSBITU306 Design and produce business documents
BSBFIA401 Monitor and improve knowledge management systems
SITHIND002 Source and use information on the hospitality industry

Note: * The unit SITXFSA001 Use hygienic practices for food safety is a pre-requisite for all units marked with a star and will therefore be delivered and assessed prior to all other units marked with a star.

Course Duration

75 weeks (60 weeks study and 15 weeks holidays)

This qualification will be delivered over 75 weeks, including six terms of 10 weeks and 15 weeks of holidays.

Delivery Mode and Location

This course will be delivered 20 hours face to face per week in classroom and commercial training kitchen.

Training kitchen has all the necessary equipment like a commercially operating kitchen but does not have real customers.

Students will receive practical training and participate in assessment in this training kitchen.

A work placement is also required to achieve this qualification. Students will work in a commercially running kitchen, facing real-life customers to practice the knowledge and skills they developed during their training.

Classroom training will be held at level 3, 633 Princes Highway Rockdale NSW 2216.

Practical face to face cooking training will be held in Level 1, 507 Princes Highway Rockdale NSW 2216.

Entry Requirement

  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Must provide proof of school studies which is equivalent to Australian Year 12 or other higher qualifications.
  • Must provide valid academic IELTS* of at least 5.5 overall score or equivalent unless exempted or need to submit English Proficiency certificate from an approved ELICOS provider of intermediate level or above; or completion of substantial part of studies of at least an AQF Certificate IV qualification or higher within the last 2 years; or have successfully passed the Rockford College English Placement Test. For further details; please refer to the Department of Home Affairs (DOHA) website for Acceptable English and Exemptions.
  • Participate in the Course Entry Requirement Interview.
  • International Students must meet the Student Visa (SC500) requirements.

* Note that other English Language Test such as PTE and TOEFL can be accepted.

Course Timetables

This course may have various timetables which may vary from term to term.

Students will be notified of their class timetable prior to the commencement of each term.

Face to face classroom training will be conducted in Rockford Campus located at Level 3, 633 Princes Highway Rockdale NSW 2216 and face to face kitchen training and assessment will be conducted in level 1, 507 Princes Highway Rockdale NSW 2216.

Please contact our admission team for further information.


Training and Assessment Arrangements

Training Arrangements


Rockford College believe in providing quality education to each student. We offer and deliver high-quality student-focused courses which have been designed to provide students with job-focused skills and expertise to advance and succeed in their academic and professional goals.


Our trainers are highly qualified and experienced professional with relevant industry experience and our training materials are practical, up-to-date and industry relevant.


This course will be delivered 20 hours per week in classroom and in commercial kitchen.


Classroom training will be held at level 3, 633 Princes Highway Rockdale NSW 2216. All our classes are held in fully equipped classroom and student have option to bring their own laptop that is fully charged and operational and must have Microsoft office or other necessary software installed and a USB Drive.


Practical face to face cooking training is provided in Level 1, 507 Princess Highway Rockdale NSW 2216. The training kitchen location is approximately 5-7 minutes walking distance from Rockford College main campus.


All students must wear a complete set of clean laundered and ironed uniform and correct footwear to attend the cookery practical sessions. Students are required to perform physical tasks including manual handling such as inventory and using commercial cooking equipment in a commercial kitchen setting.


There are different units of competencies in this qualification and our industry experienced qualified trainers will explain the outlines and assessment requirements at the beginning of training of each unit of competency.


Students will be provided with the list of reference books applicable to each unit prior to commencement of the class which they can purchase directly.


During the class, each student will be provided with the learning resources such as student learner guide, power point presentation, formative activities, and where applicable simulated case studies, policies and procedures.


Assessment Arrangements


Each unit of competency involves combination of several assessment tasks. Assessment methods include written Questions, Report Writing, Role Plays, Research, Case Study, Presentation, Cooking Observation, Workplace Observation etc. More information is provided in the International Student Handbook on assessment system, submission guidelines, reassessment arrangements etc.


Students are also required to complete 360 hours of work placement (48 service period) as a part of this course in a restaurant, function centres, café etc with a commercial kitchen for below units in Term 6.


  • SITHKOP005 Coordinate cooking operations (12 service period)
  • SITHCCC020 Work effectively as a cook   (48 service period, which may include 12 service period of the unit mentioned above


In a usual term, students are supposed to attend 20 hours per week (200 hours in one term) of training and assessment. Students can spend 20 hours for paid employment weekly. However, during work placement of Certificate IV Commercial Cookery, students have to spend 360 hours in your work placement in the last term. It can significantly reduce the hours for your paid employment and your income.


Students are encouraged to find their own work placement during their course of study. Rockford College will assist those students who are unable to find suitable work placement. All work placements have to cover breakfast, lunch, dinner, and special function components of the training and assessment.


Rockford College Trainer and Assessor will first visit the facility providing the work placement to assess its suitability and if found acceptable, a Work Placement Agreement will be signed with the Restaurant, Function Centres, Café etc.


Please contact our admissions team for further information.



Course Progress

All International students are required to meet satisfactory course progress in order to meet their student visa conditions. Please refer to International Student Handbook which is available in our website on the specific support that Rockford College offers to international students. Additional support is provided to those international students who are identified as a risk of not meeting the course progress requirements as per the intervention strategy.

Additional Support

Rockford College is committed to providing ongoing student support to our students. Our support staff will assist students from the time of enrolment until they complete the training program. Our support staff will engage with the individual student in a number of ways in order to understand their needs and provide necessary internal or external support in every step of their journey with the Rockford College, so that they could successfully complete their course.


We will provide wide range of learning support options and resources to assist students if required such as;


  • One to one support from the trainers and assessors to assist with their studies.
    Additional classes, tutorial, and workshops.
  • One to one support from the Administration relating to any student concerns such includes language, literacy and numeracy issues.
  • Additional support for learners who come from a non-English speaking background
  • Counselling support
  • Referral to relevant external services.


If students need any support, please contact the support team.


Course Credit

In accordance with the requirements of the VET Quality Framework, Rockford College provides the opportunity for students to apply to have prior learning, skills and knowledge recognised and counted in relation to the qualification or units of competence for which they are enrolled. This information is also included in Rockford College International Student Handbook.

International students should be aware that, granting the credit towards the course may affect the duration and fees of the course.

If course credit is approved after the Confirmation of Enrolment has been issued, students will receive a new Confirmation of Enrolment showing a reduced course duration. This may also affect the duration of the student visa.

The outcome of the application for credit will be advised in the writing to the students with the changes to the fess and the course duration.

To get details of deferral, suspension and cancellation policy, ESOS framework, accommodation referral and other policies, consult International Student Handbook in our website.

Please contact our admissions team for further details.



The costs for this course are as follows:

Enrolment fee: $250 (non-refundable)

Tuition fee: $21,000

Materials fee (non-tuition fee): $75 per Term. $450 for 6Terms.

Uniform, Tool Kit & other resources: $1000

Total course fee: $22,700

Note: Material fees include Student Learner Guide, PowerPoint Presentation Handouts, Learning Handouts in the class and does not include reference books which student can purchase directly.

Uniform, Tool Kit & other resources includes, chef jackets, trouser, chef hat, Apron, took kit and other raw materials used during the training and assessment. Students are required to bring their own non slippery kitchen working boots.

Please go through the International Student Handbook which outlines the detail payment terms and conditions. Furthermore, a detail payment plan and payment arrangements including any additional charges that may be applicable are provided in the letter of offer and written agreement.

Students need to review the detail payment plan before accepting the offer.

Rockford College reserves the right to vary the tuition fees and/ or other charges from time to time.

However, once the student is enrolled into a course, the fees will be same for the normal duration of that course. Updated fee structure will be applicable if student fails to complete the course in due time and on the extended period.

Please contact admissions for current course fees and associated charges.


How to Enroll

Student can apply by completing online student application form with relevant supporting documents. Students have option to apply directly with Rockford College or through an authorized representative of Rockford College.

For details application process, please visit our website

Contact Us

Rockford College

Level 3, 633 Princes Highway Rockdale NSW 2216

Mon – Fri, 8:00AM – 5:00PM (AEST)


P: (02) 85935200