SIT40516 – Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery

CRICOS Course Code: 107908M

Course Outline

ABM’s Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery* prepares students for success within the many sectors of the hospitality industry. Students participating in Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery do so with the intention of gaining a large variety of skills that will assist them in leading a supervisory or team leading role within the kitchen. At ABM we provide everything you need to ensure that you graduate with the skills necessary to navigate and operate a kitchen, as well as lead and manage others to the best of your ability.

Successful graduates in this degree will gain the skills necessary to operate independently or with limited guidance and use discretion to solve non-routine problems, whilst providing guidance and leadership to a team. This qualification grants individual’s flexibility to pursue a career in all organisations ranging from restaurants, hotels, clubs, pubs, cafes, coffee shops, or even to run a small business – just to name a few.

*This course is superseded by SIT40521 Certificate IV in Kitchen Management on 9th June 2022. You can still enrol in this course and we will contact you when the transition is available.

More information is available via the My Skills Website:

Entry Requirements

  • Students must be over 18 years of age
  • Participate in a course entry interview to determine suitability for the course and student needs.
  • Students must have completed an overseas equivalent of Year 12 or higher qualification.
  • Have an IELTS* score of 5.5 (test results must be no more than 2 years old). English language competence can also be demonstrated through documented evidence of any of the following:
    • Educated for 5 years in an English-speaking country; or
    • Completed at least 6 months of a Certificate IV level course in an Australian RTO; or
    • Successful completion of an English Placement Test
    • Successful completion of an English course with exit level equivalent to IELTS overall 5.5 from one of our English Pathway Partners

*Note that other English language tests such as PTE and TOEFL can be accepted. Students are required to provide their results so that it can be confirmed they are equivalent to IELTS 5.5.

Entry Restrictions

Students must be 18 years of age at the time of enrolment.

This qualification will be delivered over 78 weeks, including 60 weeks of training and assessment spread over 6 terms of 10 weeks each.

Class Hours: 15 hours each week, 7.5 hours per day.

Code Title Core or Elective
BSBDIV501 Manage diversity in the workplace Core
BSBSUS401 Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices Core
SITHCCC001 Use food preparation equipment* Core
 SITHCCC005 Prepare dishes using basic methods of cookery* Core 
SITHCCC006 Prepare appetisers and salads* Core 
SITHCCC007 Prepare stocks, sauces and soups* Core
SITHCCC008 Prepare vegetable, fruit, egg and farinaceous dishes* Core
SITHCCC012 Prepare poultry dishes* Core
SITHCCC013 Prepare seafood dishes* Core
SITHCCC014 Prepare meat dishes* Core
SITHCCC018 Prepare food to meet special dietary requirements* Core
SITHCCC019 Produce cakes, pastries and breads* Core
SITHCCC020 Work effectively as a cook* Core
SITHKOP002 Plan and cost basic menus Core
SITHKOP004 Develop menus for special dietary requirements Core
SITHKOP005 Coordinate cooking operations* Core
SITHPAT006 Produce desserts* Core
SITXCOM005 Manage conflict Core
SITXFIN003 Manage finances within a budget Core
SITXFSA001 Use hygienic practices for food safety Core
SITXFSA002 Participate in safe food handling practices Core
SITXHRM001 Coach others in job skills Core
SITXHRM003 Lead and manage people Core
SITXINV002 Maintain the quality of perishable items* Core
SITXMGT001 Monitor work operations Core
SITXWHS003 Implement and monitor work health and safety practices Core
SITXWHS002 Identify hazards, assess and control safety risks Elective
SITXFIN004 Prepare and monitor budgets Elective
SITXCCS007 Enhance customer service experiences Elective
SITXCCS008 Develop and manage quality customer service practices Elective
BSBITU306 Design and produce business documents Elective
BSBFIA401 Prepare financial reports Elective
SITHIND002 Source and use information on the hospitality industry Elective

The table below outlines how the shift requirements (and hours) have been allocated:

Unit name Unit requirements Total hours allocated Breakdown of hours
SITXINV002 Maintain the quality of perishable items 7 service periods 28 Completed during Block 9
SITHPAT006 Produce desserts 7 service periods 28 Completed during Block 9
SITHCCC019 Produce cakes, pastries and breads 7 service periods 28 Completed during Block 9
SITXCCS008 Develop and manage quality customer service 6 service periods 24 Completed during Block 10
SITHKOP005 Coordinate cooking operations 18 service periods 72 18 x 4-hour shifts completed in the training kitchen.

9 shifts in Block 11

9 shifts in Block 12

SITXMGT001 Monitor work operations NA

Being co-assessed for context

NA Co-assessed (hours included in Block 11 as above)
SITHCCC020 Work effectively as a cook 66 service periods 264 12 shifts completed in the workplace in Block 10

16 shifts completed in the workplace in Block 11

16 shifts completed in the workplace in Block 12

An additional 22 shifts to be completed over two terms in the work placement

Total 111 service periods 444

ABM will ensure students have access to a range of resources as required in the units and training package however students will be required to have access to their own computers (including software programs such as Microsoft Office), printers, internet facilities, and stationery resources. Students will also be required to bring their own device to each session ensuring it has connectivity to the internet.

Assessment is competency based. Students are required to complete written and practical tasks, which reflect the requirements of the units of competency and current workplace practices. Assessment is continuous throughout the duration of the course. Completed and submitted work will be assessed within ten (10) working days and feedback provided to the student as soon as possible thereafter. Where the student’s work is assessed to be not yet satisfactory, he/she will be provided with additional advice, coaching or tutoring and the opportunity to re-submit the work with a view to having it assessed as satisfactory.

Feedback and information regarding the student’s competency, progress and study will be provided by the facilitator on a regular and ongoing basis. Ongoing support is also available to all learners and will be provided as soon as a need is identified.

Total number of units of competency (subjects) required to receive this qualification is 33, comprising of 26 core units and 7 elective units. These are listed under Course Structure.

The majority of components for this course, delivery and assessment, will be delivered during the course however learners are required to continue their study off site to ensure they gain a comprehensive understanding of the topic within each unit of competency.

Students are expected to spend 30 hours per unit, studying off site.

Students obtaining a ‘competent’ result for all listed competencies will be issued, by ABM, a nationally recognised award for the Certificate IV of Commercial Cookery. ABM will issue the Certification within 30 days of the student being deemed competent in all units they are enrolled in. Students, who do not complete the required 33 units of competency to achieve the Certificate IV, will receive a Statement of Attainment for those units that they have successfully completed.

To maximise the chance of students successfully completing their training, ABM will identify any support individual students need prior to their enrolment and provide access to that support throughout their training. This will be done using both the Enrolment Form, and a Pre-Enrolment Form, that students are required to fill in.

The aim of both documents is to provide any support that may be required. This could include:

  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) supports.
  • Assistive Technologys.
  • Additional Tutorials, and / ors.
  • Other mechanisms, such as assistance in using technology for online delivery components.

Where this support attracts an additional cost to the student, ABM will make this clear prior to accepting the student’s enrolment. If there are limitations to the support ABM is able to provide, these limitations will be made clear in information provided to a potential student.

Where ABM identifies required support, such as literacy or numeracy, English or other language barriers or physical capabilities, and it cannot provide such support directly, it will refer the student to a third party. The costs of such third-party support will the responsibility of the individual.

Where ABM is not capable of offering an environment suitable for the needs of a student with specific identified needs, it will inform them accordingly and may direct the student to a provider that can, and thus will not process their enrolment.

Total Course Fee AUD $19,150 comprising
Enrolment Fee AUD$250.00 (non-refundable)
Student Resources
textbooks and printed notes
Tuition Fees AUD$18,000.00

Payment schedule

On enrolment: Applicants are required to pay $250 non-refundable enrolment fee + $900 resource + $1,000 tuition fee = Total $2,150.

During the course: 17 subsequent payments of $1,000 will be made at monthly intervals.

Chef de partie

It is important that you inform and advise ABM, prior to enrolment, about any existing skills and prior knowledge and education, to ensure they can provide you with the appropriate structure and support during the course.

Credit Transfer and Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

Credit transfer is available for completed past studies in areas related to the qualification that participants plan to enrol in. Participants are advised of the process of applying for credit transfer and assisted by the Trainer / Assessor to apply.

Candidates who believe they have already obtained current skills and knowledge that would otherwise be covered in the qualification / unit of competence for which they intend to attain, but have no formal prior learning, should apply for RPL at the time of enrolment. The candidate’s skills and knowledge will be assessed and validated, and where appropriate, units of competency acknowledged, and face-to-face training reduced.

The recognition of prior learning procedure will be made known to you at the time of enrolment. If you can demonstrate competency through provision of sufficient, current, valid and authentic evidence of work experience, life skills, and study or via other evidence, then you may be granted RPL for that unit of competency.

After achieving this qualification, graduates may undertake the next qualification up the SIT50416 Diploma of Hospitality Management.


Possible job titles include:

  • chef
  • chef de partie.

Additional Information

Please read the Student Handbook prior to enrolment as this contains valuable information about ABM. For further information, please contact ABM by sending an email to or call us on +61 (02) 9160 4507.