Hospitality (Kitchen Operations) – Certificate II

The trainee will develop the supporting skills and knowledge needed for fundamental cookery duties including how to work as part of a team in a hospitality/catering operation. Possible occupational outcomes include commis cook, short order cook, or food preparation cook in a range of catering and restaurant enterprises.

HSC credit ATAR pathway
4-6 Yes

Trainees work in kitchens in hospitality roles such as kitchen attending, commercial cookery, commercial catering and food & beverage; mainly undertaking routine and repetitive tasks, using a defined and limited range of food preparation and cookery skills to prepare food and menu items under direct supervision. You may learn to prepare, cook and serve food, work as part of the kitchen team, prepare breakfast items, a range of fast food items and non-alcoholic drinks, sandwiches, appetisers & salads and hot & cold desserts. This does not prepare you to be a commercial cook.

Outcome on completion of your HSC

  • Certificate II in Hospitality (Kitchen Operations) SIT20416 in SIT Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Training Package.
  • A career path into the Hospitality industry. Possible occupations include short order cook or food preparation cook in a range of catering and restaurant enterprises.

Course delivery

  • Both on the job and off the job and can be delivered face-to-face, flexibly or mixed mode.
  • The SBT term is calculated in months from the date of commencement to 31 December of the HSC year.

Commitment required

  • Undertake a minimum of 100 days in paid employment and training.
  • Undertake Certificate II Hospitality (Kitchen Operations) as part of your HSC.
  • The employment and training can be undertaken during school time, after school and during school holidays.

How will you be assessed?

  • Both on the job and off the job through written tests, project work and practical exercises.
Course ATAR eligibility HSC unit credit

Hospitality – Kitchen Operations


Minimum of 4 and a maximum of 6 units (depending on those chosen) over two years towards your HSC for the formal training component (VET course).

Industry-based Learning course



This optional course recognises the significant work component involved in the school based apprenticeship.

The course offers an additional 4 units credit towards your HSC.

This HSC VET course does not contribute towards the calculation of the ATAR.

For further information about how to sign up to this school based apprenticeship please speak with your Careers Adviser.

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