Certificate IV in Kitchen Management – SIT40521

Course NameCertificate IV in Kitchen Management -SIT40521
CRICOS Code110326G
Duration78 Weeks
FeesTuition Fees: AU$ 24,000
Academic RequirementsStudents seeking admission to this course must complete schooling of Year 12 or equivalent Australian degree

Preferred pathways:
Preferred pathways for candidates considering this qualification may include:
Qualification pathway
After achieving Australian high school certificate or Certificate IV or higher AQF level of qualification.
This includes any qualification completed, as listed in the Academic and language proficiency requirements below. Applicants with relevant prior formal studies that satisfy part of the academic requirements of the course may be granted 'credit' and/or entry to the course with 'advanced standing'. Please refer to Student Handbook for the details on Advanced Standing.

Work Experience/Employment pathway
This includes any demonstrated vocational experience, employment or workplace experience that applicant have had in the management sector or closely related sector.
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English language requirement detailed information

This qualification reflects the role of chefs and cooks who have a supervisory or team-leading role in the kitchen. They operate independently or with limited guidance from others and use discretion to solve non-routine problems.

No occupational licensing, certification, or specific legislative requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

This course is appropriate for those:

  • Local or international students who wish to higher level of broader skills and knowledge in Commercial Cookery.
  • Persons who have been made redundant from the workforce and are wishing to make a career change and who are seeking to update their existing skill set.
  • Currently holding other SIT qualifications and are seeking recognition of prior learning.
  • Persons who are wishing to re-enter the workforce or those looking to make a career change and who are seeking to update their existing knowledge and skill set.

Upon successful completion of all units in this course, students are eligible for the award of SIT40521 – Certificate IV in Kitchen Management.

This qualification provides a pathway to work in organizations such as restaurants, hotels, clubs, pubs, cafes, and coffee shops, or to run a small business in these sectors.

Possible job titles include:

  • Saute chef
  • Sous Chef
  • Seafood chef
  • Roast chef
  • Grill chef
  • Fry chef
  • Vegetable chef
  • Pantry chef
  • Pastry chef

Note: Attainment of this qualification doesn’t guarantee a job outcome or migration outcome

Pathways from the qualification:

After completing this course, you may wish to further your studies with:

  • Diploma of Hospitality Management at Pacific College of Technology
  • Other relevant undergraduate programs in other Colleges and universities throughout Australia.

Physical requirements Students should be aware that this course requires physical tasks including manual handling such as inventory and using commercial cooking equipment in a commercial kitchen setting.


We provide access to your course materials through Moodle online platform and course handouts.

We have computers and student access at college, required software (eg, IT software and Microsoft suite) are installed on college computers for students to use. A complete, clean laundered, and ironed uniform, and correct footwear must be worn at all times while attending practical class.

Uniform requirements for practical classes:

  • 1 x White double breasted Chefs jacket (Not black. Complete with white buttons)
  • 1 x Chefs trousers (Not black. Checked – modern or traditional)
  • 1 x White apron
  • 1 x White neckerchief
  • 1 x White Chef’s Hat (skull cap)
  • 1 x Shoes heavy-duty, non-slip and clean (no sneakers or runners)

Starter toolkit: Students will be required to use tools of the trade which include cook’s knives.

Starter toolkits include:

  • 1 x 25cm/30cm Chef’s knife
  • 1 x Steel
  • 1 x Paring knife
  • 1 x Vegetable peeler
  • 1 x Thermometer
  • 1 x Palette knife
  • 1 x Boning knife
  • 1 x Fish filleting knife
  • 1 x Utility fork
  • 1 x Thermal piping bag
  • 1 x Set nozzles
  • 1 x Sharpening stone

The uniform and Starter toolkit for the practical kitchen will be provided by the College. The course materials fee for the course is $1,200.

Our course has been designed to meet the requirements for the SIT40521 – Certificate IV in Kitchen Management. It contains 33 units of competency as follows:

  • 27 core units
  • 6 elective units

Note: Students may apply for exemption for any unit in which they can successfully demonstrate competency in line with Pacific College of Technology’s current RPL Policies. Please refer to RPL policy and procedure as documented in Student Handbook.

Competency Units

The required 33 units as set out in the packaging rules and selected by Pacific College of Technology for this course are outlined as follows (An * depicts the unit has a pre-requisite Unit):

Unit CodeUnit Name
SITXWHS007Implement and monitor work health and safety Practices
HLTAID011Provide first aid
SITHKOP010Plan and cost recipes
SITXFSA005 Use hygienic practices for food safety
SITXFSA006Participate in safe food handling practices
SITHCCC028* Prepare appetisers and salads
SITHCCC029*Prepare stocks, sauces and soups
SITXMGT004Monitor work operations
BSBTWK501Lead diversity and inclusion
SITHCCC027*Prepare dishes using basic methods of cookery
SITXFSA008*Develop and implement a food safety program
SITHCCC030*Prepare vegetable, fruit, egg and farinaceous dishes
SITHCCC023*Use food preparation equipment
SITHCCC031*Prepare vegetarian and vegan dishes
SITHKOP012*Develop recipies for special dietary requirements
SITXINV006*Receive, store and monitor stock
SITHCCC042*Prepare food to meet special dietary requirements
SITHKOP013*Plan Cooking Operations
SITHPAT016*Produce desserts
SITHCCC035*Prepare poultry dishes
SITHCCC036*Prepare meat dishes
SITHCCC037*Prepare seafood dishes
SITHCCC043*Work effectively as a cook
SITHKOP015*Design and cost menus
SITHCCC038*Produce and serve food for buffets
SITHCCC040*Prepare and serve cheese
SITHKOP014Plan catering for events or functions
SITHCCC041*Produce cakes, pastries and breads
SITXCOM010Manage conflict
SITXFIN009Manage finances within a budget
SITXHRM008Roster staff
SITXHRM010Recruit, select and induct staff
SITXHRM009Lead and manage people


The course is delivered across 60 weeks of actual delivery over 6 Terms. The delivery mode is blended combining classroom, practical and online delivery.

Classroom learning:

The trainer will introduce the unit and the required knowledge and deepen the student’s understanding of topics through a range of teaching methods. The materials are supplied and comprehensive. Referring to PCT Moodle online, the trainer directs students to interactive learning activities than digital challenge tests that cover the unit.

Kitchen Management practical sessions:

For Kitchen Management classes, students will undertake training and assessment in a commercial kitchen. For other hospitality units, students will participate in simulated hospitality settings. These sessions provide an environment for students to work on practical learning for each unit.

Practical activities scenarios and role plays are provided in classes no bigger than 20 students. Students are encouraged to support each other in pairs and small groups. Kitchens are fully equipped with large and small commercial equipment. Some units require more practical skills than others.

Work Placement:

Work placement is in a commercial kitchen in a restaurant in Term 4 and Term 5 of the course. We have referred to the SIT Training Package implementation guides for work placement. There are two units that require mandatory work placement in a commercial cookery environment.

The placement is completed in Term 5/6 (SITHKOP013 & SITHCCC043) The units are:

SITHKOP013 Coordinate cooking operations – Up to 120 hours timetabled This unit’s performance evidence requires the supervision of food production processes & monitoring and reporting on the quality of kitchen outputs -minimum (24) twenty-four complete service periods (shifts).

SITHCCC043 Work effectively as a cook – 240 hours timetabled This unit’s performance evidence requires the completion of 48 service periods to be completed by the students in real workplace environment. A service period is breakfast, lunch, dinner, and special functions.

Students on work placement are expected to do 4 x 5-hour shifts per week for the allocated weeks in the term. The shifts must suit the employer and the required 48 service periods across Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and functions. These hours will be different to regular class timetable hours and students must make themselves available. Term 4 and 5 is after 9 months of the course so there is plenty of time to get ready for these arrangements.

Structured online learning:

There is a 6 hours per week program within the 23 scheduled contact hours where you revise and practice to reinforce classroom and practical learning. The Mypct Moodle online learning is set up by unit and topics, so it is easy for you to explore and then work through each unit of study. Some people will move more quickly through the material and others may take a bit more time depending on your confidence in the topics.

The College address is: Level 1, 91 – 95 Rawson Street, Auburn NSW 2144 and the location is conveniently located a few minutes’ walk from Auburn railway station.

Australia is a multicultural country. A large number of international students come to Australia to pursue their study annually.  Our campus is situated in Sydney, one of the beautiful cities in the world. Sydney has renowned places to visits including beautiful Opera House, Harbour Bridge, and Bondi Beach.

Australia is a multi-cultural country and a preferred destination for international students. The College campus is situated in western Sydney, New South Wales which is among one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It has renowned attractions to visit including the renowned Opera House, Harbour Bridge, and Bondi Beach.

The classes comprise students from many different countries making it a truly multi-cultural environment. Classrooms are equipped with modern technology with latest equipment and high-speed Internet access. College classes are small, and academic staff are well-qualified, experienced and strongly focused on individual student’s needs.

Many academic staff use multi-media for visual aids during their classes. Computers and printers are available in laboratories for student use including internet research and for completing assignments.

The College can arrange to pick up international students from the airport and transport them to pre-arranged accommodation if an airport pick up service is requested (charges apply).

Temporary and long-term accommodation arrangements can be made for students on request. Students requiring pre-arranged accommodation should notify the College two weeks prior to their departure for Australia.

The College can assist international students open a local bank account. To open a bank account in Australia, identification such as a current passport, current driver’s license and a tax file number are required. Tax file numbers can be obtained from the Australian Taxation Office. Students who show proof of their student status, e.g. student ID card, may be exempt from paying account opening fees and charges at many banks. Further information can be obtained from Student Services.

Common Room
There is a common area available for students to relax during breaks with a small kitchen equipped with microwave, refrigerator and hot water.

Fax Services
The College reception keeps all faxes it receives. Students must collect personal faxes within two weeks of arrival. Students can copy/fax document subject to payment of a small charge.

Legal Advice Service
Students should note that there are number of agencies in the Australian community that offer inexpensive or free legal advice and help. The Legal Aid Office in each state will give free advice in short interviews, at certain times, to anyone. It will also give free legal help to persons with limited income who are charged with certain serious crimes.

The College takes its responsibilities under occupational health and safety legislation very seriously, ensuring it is compliant with all regulations and requirements. The College will provide information ensuring that all students, academic and non-academic staff fully aware of their individual and collective occupational health and safety responsibilities. In the unlikely event of a mishap, accident or any other situation, students should promptly notify a responsible member of the College staff. First aid facilities are available at reception, and emergency services – ambulance, fire and police – can be contacted using 000.

Social Activities
The College frequently organises several social activities for students. Students are advised to check the noticeboard for the date of such activities. Activities may include:

  • Sporting events
  • Nature walks
  • Cultural events and festivals
  • River cruises
  • BBQ and College dinner
  • End of Term Parties

In many cases, students wish to bring family members with them during their study in Australia. For more information on visas for family members, please visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website: www.homeaffairs.gov.au. Please note that school-aged dependants accompanying a student to Australia will be required to pay full fees if they are enrolled in either a government or private school.

Transfer from other providers:
Students already studying in Australia and applying for transfer of their student visa to Pacific College of Technology will be considered for entry only if the College is satisfied that all the requirements (including payment of fees) of the former institution have been met. A letter of release from the previous institution may be required.

International students enrolled in this qualification are required to attend minimum 20 hours per week of scheduled contact hours.

The classes are timetabled as follow:

  • 16 hours of class-room based face-to-face delivery/week
  • 4 hours of compulsory e-learning segment administered via MyPCT portal/week

The international students need to be aware that the cost of receiving an education in Australia is high, considering tuition fees, living costs, and international travel. Therefore, students should plan properly to ensure they are able to pay the costs they will incur in Australia before making such a move.

Course Application Fee:  AU$200.00
Accommodation Placement Fee:  AU$200.00
Airport pick up Fee:  AU$200.00

International students must have overseas student health cover for the duration of their study in Australia as part of visa conditions. The OHSC cover fee for one year course is AU$693.00 (Single) and AU$8,081.50 (Family). These figures are subject to change; therefore, students are advised to contact Australian Health Management (AHM) or visit its website: www.ahm.com.au for current fee structures and costs.

Please refer to www.pct.edu.au  for details of the College refund policy.

Living costs depend on individual students. However, the Department of Home Affairs has financial requirements students must show in order to receive a visa to study in Australia. From 23 October 2019, the 12-month living costs is:

Student/Guardian: AUD 21,041
Partner/Spouse: AUD 7,362
Child: AUD 3,152

Pacific College of Technology has a four term academic year. Student intakes occur in all four terms.


First Term (Autumn)6th February7th April
Second Term (Winter)24th April23rd June
Third Term (Spring)17th July15th September
Fourth Term (Summer)2nd October1st December