Certificate IV in Kitchen Management

Free TAFE Pathways Program
Course Code SIT40521
Locations Warrnambool

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Study Mode Full-time
Length Two years
Commencement April, July, October, 2024
Timetable Three days a week on campus
Course Overview

This course is ideal if you are wanting to step up into a supervisory or management role in the hospitality industry. It’s perfect for chefs and cooks who have a supervisory or team leading role in the kitchen. Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to participate in one day a week of work experience incorporating live services.

What will I Learn?

Using South West TAFE’s commercial kitchens and Food Lab restaurant, you will learn skills including providing service to customers, leading and managing people, managing conflict, purchasing goods, planning cooking operations and using hygienic practices for food safety.

Mode of delivery

Three days a week on campus.

Course Outcomes and Career Opportunities

After successful completion of the Certificate IV in Kitchen Management you can pathway into a higher level of study in the food industry or work in a variety of organisations including restaurants, hotels, clubs, pubs, cafes and coffee shops.


  • SIT20421 Certificate II in Cookery
  • SIT30821 Certificate III in Commercial Cookery


Students may undertake one day week of voluntary work experience in a commercial kitchen.

Information Session

Why don’t you come along to our next course info session to find out everything you need to start your learning journey? You can chat with our teachers, tour our facilities, learn more about the course, find out about the application process and get your questions answered by our course experts. 

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Course Requirements
Entrance requirements & pre-requisites

You must be 15 years of age to complete this course.

Units offered

Core Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
SITHCCC023 Use food preparation equipment 25 $0.00
SITHCCC027 Prepare dishes using basic methods of cookery 45 $0.00
SITXFSA005 Use hygienic practices for food safety 15 $0.00
SITXINV006 Receive, store and maintain stock 20 $0.00
SITHCCC028 Prepare appetisers and salads 25 $0.00
SITHCCC029 Prepare stocks, sauces and soups 35 $0.00
SITHCCC030 Prepare vegetable, fruit, eggs and farinaceous dishes 50 $0.00
SITHCCC031 Prepare vegetarian and vegan dishes 40 $0.00
SITHCCC035 Prepare poultry dishes 35 $0.00
SITHCCC036 Prepare meat dishes 55 $0.00
SITHCCC037 Prepare seafood dishes 35 $0.00
SITHCCC041 Produce cakes, pastries and breads 55 $0.00
SITHCCC042 Prepare food to meet special dietary requirements 75 $0.00
SITHCCC043 Work effectively as a cook 100 $0.00
SITHKOP010 Plan and cost recipes 40 $0.00
SITHPAT016 Produce desserts 100 $0.00
SITXFSA006 Participate in safe food handling practices 40 $0.00
SITHKOP012 Develop recipes for special dietary requirements 25 $0.00
SITHKOP013 Plan cooking operations 100 $0.00
SITHKOP015 Design and cost menus 30 $0.00
SITXCOM010 Manage conflict 20 $0.00
SITXFIN009 Manage finances within a budget 30 $0.00
SITXFSA008 Develop and implement a food safety program 50 $0.00
SITXHRM008 Roster staff 30 $0.00
SITXHRM009 Lead and manage people 60 $0.00
SITXMGT004 Monitor work operations 20 $0.00
SITXWHS007 Monitor work operations 30 $0.00

Elective Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
SITXCCS014 Provide service to customers 25 $0.00
SITHFAB021 Provide responsible service of alcohol 10 $0.00
SITHCCC026 Package prepared foodstuffs 15 $0.00
SITHCCC040 Prepare and serve cheese 20 $0.00
SITXINV007 Purchase goods 30 $0.00
SITHCCC038 Produce and serve food for buffets 25 $0.00

This course involves accredited units.  You will be required to complete assessment tasks to demonstrate your underpinning knowledge, skills and attributes to meet the course outcomes.  A combination of written, oral and practical assessment strategies will be used in either a classroom, online or workplace environment. 

Where units require demonstration of skills in a workplace environment, you will have the opportunity to do this either in your own workplace (where appropriate), through a practical placement, or by using one of the Institute's simulated workshops/classrooms.  Detailed information about the types, conduct and dates of assessments will be provided in advance.  You will also be provided with information about the opportunity for reassessment and appeal.

After applying

Once you have applied for your chosen course, you will receive a thank you email from South West TAFE with a few steps to help process your enrolment.

Complete a Pre-Training Review
You will receive an email to complete a Pre-Training Review online evaluation. This evaluation helps us tailor your training to suit your needs.

Create or provide a Unique Student Identifier (USI)
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Skills recognition
If you have experience or prior qualifications, you may be eligible to apply for recognition of prior learning and gain credits. You will be asked to provide any relevant Statement of Attainment to support identified credits.

Course Fees

Here's an outline of fees and costs associated with your course.

Your fees each year can be made up of 3 different elements.  Everyone has different circumstances that can affect what you pay and how much you pay. :

  1. Tuition fees - charged as an hourly rate that varies from course to course. A large portion of the tuition is subsidised by the Victorian Government for eligible students.
  2. Resource and/or materials costs - covers the cost of materials and other incidentals. This fee will vary according to the course being undertaken.
  3. Booklist items - such as textbooks, equipment and stationery recommended for your course

Tuition fees

There are 4 different rates of tuition fees. Only one will apply to you (depending on your eligibility and circumstances). 

  1. Government Subsidised Fee - you could be eligible for a government-subsidised rate under the Skills First funding depending on your age, educational history, and citizenship or residency status. If you are eligible, the government will contribute to the cost of your training.
    Find out more about subsidised training

  2. Government Subsidised Concession Fee - If you are eligible for a Skills First government-subsidised place and hold a current healthcare or pension card, that you can provide at enrolment, you may be eligible for the concession rate. Note, the concession rate is not applicable to Diploma level courses.
    Find out more about concession rates

  3. If the course is a Free TAFE course or part of the Free TAFE Pathways Program - Eligible students will not pay course tuition fees for the duration of their enrolment in this course, however, there may be some consumable/material fees for the course (find out more below). Any resource or material costs, or booklist items for this course are listed in the table below.
    Find out more about Free TAFE
    Find out more about Free TAFE Pathways Programs

  4. Full fee - If you are not eligible for a Skills First government-subsidised place, exemption, concession or are enrolling in a course that isn't government-subsidised, you may be required to pay the full fee rate.


The fees listed below are indicative only. The course fees published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Course fee funding is made available to eligible individuals by the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments. If funding is utilised, this may affect opportunities to access additional funding in the future. An accurate quote for this course will be provided during the enrolment process.

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Course fees by student type Indicative Course Fee
Government subsidised rate (if eligible) $9,195.00
Concession rate $1,840.00
Full fee rate (if not eligible for govt subsidy) $25,140.00
This is a Free TAFE course

Students who are eligible for Free TAFE place will not pay course tuition fees for the duration of their enrolment in this course, however, there may be some consumable/material fees for the course (find out more below). The consumable fees for this course are listed in the above table.

Find out more about Free TAFE courses and eligibility or contact our Customer Service team.

This course is part of the Free TAFE Pathways Program

A Free TAFE Pathways Program is a group of courses that complement each other to help you continue to train for the career and industry you may wish to work in. For eligible students, these courses are tuition fee free. Depending on the course, you may still be required to pay material fees. The consumable fees for this course are listed in the above table.

Find out more about the Free TAFE Pathways Program and eligibility or contact us.

Resource and/or materials costs

Some courses require specific resources or materials necessary for your study eg: tools of the trade, excursions, etc. Final costs will be determined upon enrolment.

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Additional course fees Indicative Course Fee
Course consumable/materials (approximate) $1,075.00
How do I pay my fees?

Once we have processed your enrolment form, you will receive an email with your invoice.

You have three options when organising your payment:

  1. Upfront payment - can be made over the phone with EFTPOS
  1. Payment plan - can be directly debited from your bank account, debited from your Centrelink payments or via a VET Student Loan (for diploma or advanced diploma courses only)
  1. Paid by employer, school or job network agency - if your fees are being paid by your employer, school or job network agency, you will need to complete an Authority to Invoice form.

Payments will need to be arranged within five(5) business days of receiving the email containing your invoice.

We also offer a range of scholarships each year which you may be eligible to apply for to assist with course fees.

Next Steps
How to apply

There are five simple steps to apply for a course with us.

  1. Apply - complete a short online application form. Once this form is submitted we'll send you a thank-you email.
  2. Literacy and Numeracy Assessment - we will assess whether you need to undertake a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment and email it to you if required.
    If you are not required to undertake this assessment, you will skip to step 3.
  3. Chat to our team - your teacher or course specialist will contact you to discuss the course in more detail and ensure the right units of study are selected for you.
  4. Enrol – you will be sent an email to accept your offer for the course. By accepting, you will be directed to verify your details and submit your enrolment for processing.
  5. Pay - once we’ve completed your enrolment, we will send you an invoice to arrange payment of your course fees.

If you need any assistance with applying, contact our team on 1300 648 911 or visit your nearest campus.

Careers and Course Advice

Not sure which course is right for you? South West TAFE will help you find your way.

Our Careers Coaches at the Skills and Jobs Centre is here to support you. Whether you’re exploring career options, transitioning from school to the workforce or looking to study after school we’re here to help you.

Student Support

As a SWTAFE student, you can access a variety of support services that will enhance your study experience and help you complete your studies successfully. For more information about any of these services, visit our student page.