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Certificate III in Hospitality (Commercial Cookery) (THH31502)

Industry Group: Cookery


Occupation Type: Cook


The Certificate III in Hospitality (Commercial Cookery) reflects the role of a qualified cook. This course may lead to employment in a commercial kitchen, large or small restaurant, café, industrial kitchen or large catering operations. Students who have successfully completed certificate III may progress to Certificate IV Hospitality (Commercial Cookery).


The course will be delivered in 5 separate 4 week block release sessions or by attending one day a week for 5 semesters. All students should contact the course coordinator before enrolling in this course.


The course is open to international students. All students would be expected to do 240 hours supervised workplace practice. This can be paid work. Students who are currently working in the industry can count their work time as work placement.


Career Opportunities

Qualified chef.


Entry Requirements
Entry into each qualification level is determined by the underpinning knowledge and skills that the student requires to meet the competencies at that level. Entry into any level is assessed on existing level of competency
Usually students will enter at the Certificate I level and progress through to the Certificate IV level. Students can achieve competency through a range of assessment methods carried out in the formal training environment at Charles Darwin University, on the job and through recognition of prior learning.
For interview and further information please contact the course co-ordinator


Estimated completion time: 1 year/s
Part time study is also available.


Course Structure
To gain the qualification Certificate III in Hospitality (Commercial Cookery) students must complete all core units of competency plus three (3) elective units of competency


Total Nominal Course Hours: 916


Employability Skills

Employability Skills are embedded in the training and assessment of national training package qualifications.


Skills Recognition


-Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)


RPL is the acknowledgement of a person's skills and knowledge acquired through previous training, work or life experience, which may be used to grant status or credit in a subject regardless of how and where they were attained, including overseas.
This can include skills from:
  • Previous study excluding courses at another VET/TAFE institution, but including courses at school or college,
  • through adult education classes or training programs at work;
  • Work experience (including both work that is paid and unpaid); and/or
  • Life experience (for example leisure pursuits or voluntary work).
RPL is a form of assessment. It is used to determine whether a person has acquired, through formal or informal learning, the skills and experience consistent with the stated competency standards that comprise a qualification. RPL is not time referenced, so there are no parameters on how or when the skills are acquired. However, the skills that have been acquired through life experience etc., must be current and must match the elements and performance criteria contained in the individual unit.


Students seeking RPL need to indicate this on their enrolment form at the time of enrolment.


-Credit Transfer or Recognition of Previous Study


Charles Darwin University as a Registered Training Organisation recognises the Australian Qualifications Framework qualifications and Statement of Attainments issued by any other Australian Registered Training Organisation.
Students are encouraged to submit any requests for credit from previous studies at the time of enrolment, to ensure they are not enrolling in units they may not need to undertake.


In order to apply for exemption/credit transfer from units completed at another training organisation, you will need to complete an Application for Exemption Form available from any campus, centre, or team, or a copy of the form can be obtained from the web.


Your completed Application for Exemption form together with attached documentary evidence (certified copy of Qualification/Statement of Attainment) to support your request for exemption/credit transfer should be submitted directly to the University either in person or by mail. Requests without documentary evidence will not be processed and will be returned to students. There are no fees attached to Credit Transfers.

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