Certificate III in Catering Operations


This qualification reflects the role of individuals working in catering operations who use a range of cookery skills and sound knowledge of kitchen operations to prepare food items. Using discretion and judgement, they work with some independence and under limited supervision using plans, policies and procedures to guide work activities.

This qualification does not provide the skills required by commercial cooks, which are covered in SIT30816 Certificate III in Commercial Cookery.

This qualification provides a pathway to work in various catering settings, such as hospitals and aged care facilities, sporting and entertainment venues, hotel banqueting departments, cook chill production kitchens, and mobile catering businesses of varying size.

Possible job titles include:

  • catering assistant
  • cook
  • food service assistant.
  • No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

    Course content

    21 units required for this qualification. Individual institutions may offer different units.

    • BSBSUS201 - Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
    • BSBWOR203 - Work effectively with others
    • SITHCCC001 - Use food preparation equipment
    • SITHCCC002 - Prepare and present simple dishes
    • SITHCCC005 - Prepare dishes using basic methods of cookery
    • SITHKOP001 - Clean kitchen premises and equipment
    • SITXCOM002 - Show social and cultural sensitivity
    • SITXFSA001 - Use hygienic practices for food safety
    • SITXFSA002 - Participate in safe food handling practices
    • SITXHRM001 - Coach others in job skills
    • SITXINV002 - Maintain the quality of perishable items
    • SITXWHS001 - Participate in safe work practices

    Satisfaction with training

    These are the outcomes of graduates surveyed six months after completing their training (in similar courses)*
    Satisfied with the training provided
    Received job-related benefits from training

    Qualification recognition

    Nationally recognised - meets Australian Qualifications Framework standards.

    Australian Qualifications FrameworkNationally Recognised Qualification
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