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Commercial Cookery

Chefs plan and organise menus & kitchen staff at restaurants and for catering organisations. On completion of this course students will be a qualified Chef de Cuisine, Sous Chef or Chef de Partie in Australia.

Commercial Cookery

Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)

Being a chef can be a very rewarding career and offers skills that can be applied all over the world in many different scenarios.

Australia has a very vibrant food culture that is made up of different multicultural influences. It is a great country to become a chef because of the high industry standards and the quality products that Australian chefs use. 

Students will learn how to motivate and lead kitchen teams, identify and assess operational and service issues, plan food production, schedule workflow, and understand legal compliance issues, and plan, prepare and cost your their own menu.

After completing your studies, your possible job titles include but are not limited to: Chef de Cuisine (Head Chef or First Chef), Sous Chef (also known as Second Chef, as they are second in charge), Chef de Partie (also known as a Demi Chef, they are in charge of a certain section of the kitchen).

Course includes

  • Produce meat, poultry and seafood dishes.
  • Produce stocks, soups and sauces.
  • Maintain the quality of perishable items.
  • Learn safe food handling practices.
  • Prepare food to meet special dietary requirements.
  • Manage finances within a budget.
  • Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices.
  • Plan menus for many occasions and situations.

Certificate III & IV in Commercial Cookery & Diploma of Hospitality

Course Duration

24 months

Intake Dates

Monthly Intakes


Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, Adelaide, Cairns, Sunshine Coast


From $7,000 – $13,000 per year

The Course Details

Graduate Outcome 

Potential Job Forecast:

  • In Australia, fully qualified chefs earn an average of $1000 per week.
  • In Australia, a chef works an average of 42.6 hours per week.
  • Employment for this occupation rose strongly over the past five years and will continue to rise strongly in the long-term.
  • 78% of chefs are employed on full-time basis, which is above average compared to other roles in the hospitality industry.
  • Chefs in Australia can work in numerous different roles and areas.

Common Course Requirements


  1. Must have graduated year 12 in your home country.
  2. Must have a minimum English score of IELTS 5.5
  3. Must be willing to undertake a 360 hour vocational placement

Sveta’s Interview

Sveta from Russia, is currently studying Commercial Cookery on The Gold Coast. This is her story.

Education Pathways

On completion of this course, students will be a qualified Chef de Cuisine, Sous Chef or Chef de Partie in Australia.

Chef (351311) is currently on the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List. The skills assessment for chefs is delivered through TRA.

To obtain a positive skills assessment, the current qualification requirement is a Cert III in Commercial Cookery. You may even be able to do this without being sponsored by an employer and you may not need to live in a regional area.

Below are some simple steps that may allow you to go down this pathway.

Note: It is never recommended to engage in studies for the sole purpose of trying to gain a visa to Australia. Speak to us and we can find a course that matches your long-term career goals.

Step 1: Study a course or package of courses

Study a course or package of courses that goes for at least 2 years and includes the Cert III in Commercial Cookery.


  • Certificate III in Commercial Cookery (General) (18 months)
  • Diploma of Hospitality (6 months)
Step 2: Receive the temporary graduate visa

By studying for 2 years and undertaking 360 hours of vocational placement during your studies (most education providers will arrange this for you), you may be eligible to apply for and receive the temporary graduate visa
The graduate visa is a work visa that allows the visa holder to live and work in Australia for up to 18 months. For more information on the graduate visa click here.

Step 3: Participate in the Job Ready Program

The benefit of the JRP is that on completion you will be provided with a positive skills assessment for general migration purposes. On this program you must work for at least 12 months as a qualified chef. 

Your employer will not need to sponsor your visa, as you will already be on the graduate visa. This will increase your chances of finding employment, as it is very easy for the employer to hire you. You may find this video on the Job Ready Program helpful.

Step 4: Apply for a general skilled migration visas

Once you have completed the Job Ready Program as a chef you will receive a positive skills assessment. Once you have the positive skills assessment you will be able to apply for a general skilled migration visa.
If eligible, the general skilled migration visa does not require you to have an employer that is willing to sponsor you. Please note that you will still be required to pass the points test and health checks applicable to apply for this visa.

Get in touch

In case of questions, feel free to reach out to one of our experienced Registered Education and Migration Agents.

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