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
Establish future career opportunities and experience the industry first-hand with 700 hours of paid industry experience! (Approximate hours: Certificate III – 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
Some CIT Commercial Cookery students had the opportunity to feature in 'Pressure Cooker', a four-part reality cooking show starring and produced by over 150 CIT students from a range of disciplines.
Certificate III in Commercial Cookery | SIT30821
Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery | SIT40516
Diploma of Hospitality Management | SIT50416
Advanced Diploma of Hospitality Management | SIT60316
New training packages will be introduced for Certificate IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma qualifications in 2023.
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
2023 Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (July, October)
Certificate III - $8,900 per semester, $17,800 total tuition fee
Certificate IV - $8,900 per semester (total tuition fee)
Diploma - $8,900 per semester (total tuition fee)
Advanced Diploma - $7,050 per semester (total tuition fee)
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. Total course cost will vary depending on semester start date. Small fee increases may happen annually in line with CIT's fee pricing review. 2024 fees are subject to change.
*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 fee increases may happen annually in line with CIT's fee pricing review. 2023 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
- TOEFL iBT - 46
- 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
CIT’s credit transfer arrangements can reduce the time and fees required to complete a bachelor degree at university. If you successfully complete your CIT qualification and gain entry into the university below, you will receive the following:
University of Canberra (UC)
- Diploma of Hospitality Management | SIT50416 = 24 credit points (1 year) towards UC's Bachelor of Event and Tourism Management (MGB401.1)
- Advanced Diploma of Hospitality Management | SIT60313 = 27 credit points (just over 1 year) towards UC's Bachelor of Event and Tourism Management (MGB401.1)
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 Commercial Cookery (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