Skilled chefs are in high demand in the hospitality industry worldwide, with the ability to work in hotels, restaurants, cafés, conference centres, private catering companies, healthcare environments or tourism and travel venues.
Train in world-class commercial kitchens to develop your skills and cookery experience from preparing food in a modern kitchen environment, through to managing people and coordinating cooking and work operations with confidence.
Further your career options by learning high-level business, strategic, financial and personnel functions of the broader hospitality industry, with CIT’s Diploma and Advanced Diploma of Hospitality Management.
Establish future career opportunities and experience the industry first-hand with 700 hours of paid industry experience! (Approximate hours: Certificate III – 48 hours (compulsory), with optional industry placement up to 400 hours. CIT offers support to connect students to restaurants and hotels for completing the 400 hours. Certificate IV – 200 hours. Diploma – 100 hours)
Why study at CIT?
- Seven training kitchens on campus
- In-house commercial restaurant and cafe
- Learn from award-winning chefs
- Use CIT's network to connect you to employment opportunities
- Be part of the exciting food scene in the Canberra region with plenty of job opportunities for hospitality students
- Get support to find industry placement
CIT Commercial Cookery students had the opportunity to enter The National Apprentice Competition (there is a culinary student category). One of our international students won the ACT competition last year and went onto Melbourne to compete further. Our students are also involved in Celebrity and Industry Chef Dinner Events. Celebrity chefs, Canberra based chefs and Award Winning Canberra restaurants attend CIT to present to and work with our students.
Certificate III in Commercial Cookery | SIT30821
Certificate IV in Kitchen Management | SIT40521
Diploma of Hospitality Management | SIT50422
Advanced Diploma of Hospitality Management | SIT60316
A new training package will be introduced for Advanced Diploma qualification in 2024.
CIT PACKAGE: 2 years
Certificate III: 1 year Certificate IV: 6 months Diploma: 6 months
Take your career further by learning strategic, financial and personnel functions of the broader hospitality industry
TOTAL CIT PACKAGE: 2.5 years
Advanced Diploma: 6 months
Semester 1 (February, April)
Semester 2 (July)
Certificate III - Material fees: Approximately $50, Uniform and equipment: Approximately $600
Diploma - Material fees: $120
Advanced Diploma - Textbooks: $300
*Please note - Course fees are listed in $AUD and are based on a semester rate. Total course cost will vary depending on semester start date. Small tuition and material fee increases may occur annually in line with CIT's fee pricing review. Fees are subject to change.
- Year 12 Certificate or equivalent
Students over the age of 20 may be eligible for adult entry. Please refer to Entry Requirements for more information.
- IELTS 5.5 in all skill bands
- PTE Academic - 42 (minimum of 42 in each band)
- Cambridge English test (C1 Advanced and B2 First) - 162
Course Subjects - Certificate III
Course Subjects - Certificate IV
Course Subjects - Diploma
Course Subjects - Advanced Diploma
Likely Job Outcome
Certificate III: Commercial cook in restaurants, hotels, clubs, pubs, cafés and cafeterias.
Certificate IV: Chef.
Diploma: Restaurant manager, banquet or function manager, kitchen manager, motel manager, unit manager (catering operations), sales and marketing assistant, human resources assistant.
Advanced Diploma: This qualification provides a pathway to work in any sector of the hospitality industry as a senior manager in large organisation or small business owner or manager. Possible job titles include:
- Food and beverage manager
- Operations manager
- Cafe owner or manager
- Human resources coordinator
- Sales and marketing coordinator
Teaching Methods and Assessment
Students will develop industry skills through hands-on experience in CIT’s well-equipped commercial kitchens on campus, whilst applying those skills and knowledge into practice during engagement in CIT’s commercial business operations.
Students will learn through a blend of face to face and online learning using digital and teacher resources, textbooks, work experience/industry placement and online learning and student engagement through eLearn.
Students will be assessed through direct observation, portfolios, product-based methods (reports, presentations) and evidence from the workplace (eg. logbook).
Pathways to Further Study
Because CIT offers nationally recognised qualifications accredited by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), students can apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) to most universities within Australia and receive credit towards a degree, even where formal credit transfer arrangements are not in place; however, this is not a guarantee.
We advise you speak directly with your chosen university in relation to credit transfer, entry requirements and their application process.Certificate III in Commercial Cookery (1 year)PLUSCertificate IV in Kitchen Management (6 months)PLUSDiploma of Hospitality Management (6 months)= 2 years of study
PLUSAdvanced Diploma of Hospitality Management (6 months)= 2.5 years of study
▼Optional degree pathway available