SIT40521 Cert IV in Kitchen Management

CRICOS Course Code: 109566A

The SIT40521  Cert IV in Kitchen Management (CRICOS Course Code: 109566A)  is a nationally recognised qualification for those looking for the skills and expertise required for a successful and rewarding career working as a chef or cook.

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

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.

Through our partnerships with various restaurants, cafés, bistros, hotels, function centres in and around the Sydney CBD, we can offer work placements for students!

Possible job titles include:

  • Chef
  • Cook


This qualification contains the following 27 core units of competency and 6 elective units of competency. All units must be successfully achieved to receive the qualification. 

  • Core Units

  • SITHCCC023 – Use food preparation equipment
  • SITHCCC027 – Prepare dishes using basic methods of cookery
  • SITHCCC028 – Prepare appetisers and salads
  • SITHCCC029 – Prepare stocks, sauces and soups
  • SITHCCC030 – Prepare vegetable, fruit, egg and farinaceous dishes
  • SITHCCC031 – Prepare vegetarian and vegan dishes
  • SITHCCC035 – Prepare poultry dishes
  • SITHCCC037 – Prepare seafood dishes
  • SITHCCC036 – Prepare meat dishes
  • SITHCCC042 – Prepare food to meet special dietary requirements
  • SITHCCC041 – Produce cakes, pastries and breads
  • SITHCCC043 – Work effectively as a cook
  • SITHKOP010 – Plan and cost recipes
  • SITHKOP012 – Develop recipes for special dietary requirements
  • SITHKOP013 – Plan cooking operations
  • SITHKOP015 – Design and cost menus
  • SITHPAT016 – Produce desserts
  • SITXCOM010 – Manage conflict
  • SITXFIN009-   Manage finances within a budget
  • SITXFSA005 – Use hygienic practices for food safety
  • SITXFSA006 – Participate in safe food handling practices
  • SITXFSA008 – Develop and implement a food safety program
  • SITXHRM008 – Roster staff
  • SITXHRM009 – Lead and manage people
  • SITXINV006 – Receive, store and maintain stock
  • SITXMGT004 – Monitor work operations
  • SITXWHS007 – Implement and monitor work health and safety practices

  • Elective Units

  •  SITHCCC038 – Produce and serve food for buffet
  • SITHCCC039 – Produce pate and terrines
  • SITHCCC044 – Prepare specialised food items
  • SITHPAT014 – Produce yeast- based bakery products
  • BSBTWK501 – Lead   diversity and inclusions
  • HLTAID011 – Provide First Aid

The Course Facts



78 weeks (1,5 years) – 60 weeks of training and assessment spread over 6 terms of 10 weeks each (6 terms), plus one work placement block completed the term break and 18 weeks of holidays.

Sessions are trainer-led in-group sizes of up to 15 participants. The training program is undertaken using a planned schedule in accordance with national standards.


A pre-enrolment interview will be conducted with the Director of Studies or their delegate, to assess your suitability and capacity to undertake the course.


Students are required to attend 16 hours of classroom training and complete 4 hours of structured self-study per week during all terms except for Term 6 where the work placement is completed.

Sydney locationSuite 2.02, Level 2, 222 Pitt Street Sydney NSW 2000

Various workplaces for work placement (as required).


The course will be delivered in six terms over a one and a half year period.


The following identifies the units of competency to be delivered each term. This is a nationally recognised qualification and you are required to complete assessments for each unit of competency.

Following the completion of each topic and unit of competency you will have an additional assessment tasks due 2 weeks after the completion of each unit. Assessment due dates are given to students at the beginning of the course and each term.

The term break can also be used to provide additional learning support for any students at risk. Evidence collected will comply with the rules of evidence.


International student tuition fees: $16, 200

Domestic student tuition fees: $13,200

Term Dates 2023

Term 3:      10 July 2023
Term 3A:   14 August 2023
Term 4:       2 October 2023
Term 4A:    6 November 2023
Term Dates 2024
Term 1:      15 January 2024
Term 1A:   19 February 2024
Term 2:        8 April 2024
Term 2A:    13 May 2024
Term 3:        8 July 2024
Term 3A:     12 August 2024
Term 4:        30 September 2024
Term 4A:     4 November 2024 


Minimum Entry Requirements


  • Year 12 or equivalent and above, and


Students will need moderate to high levels of English language, literacy and numeracy. Students will also need to be able to competently operate a computer and know how to use the internet for research purposes.

A good command of spoken and written English is required for communicating with the trainer and to achieve course outcomes. A strong command of written English is required for reading resources and completing written assessments.


Students are required to provide their own laptop computer that is compatible with Australian power voltage requirements and is loaded with Microsoft Office 365 software or Open Office 365 (open source).

Sound computer skills are required that include using intermediate level Microsoft Word features. Ability to produce and present word-processed documents/ reports and undertake internet research. 

As part of the learning cycle students may be required to undertake online research or activities each week in class during term time.

Application Process

To enrol into a course as an overseas student at NSW Institute of Education and Training, applicants must complete an International Student Enrolment Form, available from the website>> Apply now.

The application for enrolment must be accompanied by:

  • Evidence of a High School Certificate or equivalent secondary schooling out-come

When we receive your application, our Admissions Officer will review it for completeness. When the application for enrolment is complete you will be issued a Letter of Offer (valid for 30 days), invoice for initial payment of fees and provided with an International Student Agreement for your review.

Upon approval of your application, an electronic confirmation of enrolment forwarded to you at the address provided on your application with an official receipt for the fees paid. 


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Further Information

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