This qualification reflects the role of individuals working in kitchens who use a defined and limited range of food preparation and cookery skills. They are involved in mainly routine and repetitive tasks and work under direct supervision. 

This qualification provides a pathway to work in kitchen operations in organisations such as restaurants, hotels, catering operations, clubs, pubs, cafes, cafeterias, coffee shops and institutions such as aged care facilities, hospitals, prisons and schools.

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Course Duration/Hours

This is a 240 hour course that runs over 2 years. It may be possible to undertake a 120 hour course in Hospitality.

60 hour or 120 hour Specialisation Study courses may also be available. Your school will confirm availability.

St Mary’s Catholic College, Casino courses are delivered using a compressed curriculum, 240 hours delivered as 4 units in one year.


This is a Board Developed Course, Category B. Students who complete the 240 hour course may sit for the optional HSC exam. Mandatory units of competency detailed in the NESA Syllabus are examined.

One Category B course (2 units) may be counted towards the calculation of the ATAR for university entrance. Students not wishing to achieve an ATAR need not sit the HSC examination.

Work Placement

NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) requires students to complete a minimum of 70 hours of work placement. Work placement is a mandatory component of the course and must be completed prior to the HSC exam.

Days worked as part of a School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship satisfies this NESA requirement.


A course fee is generally charged by schools to cover consumable materials. Your school will provide further advice.


This course is competency based and the student’s performance is recognised against a prescribed industry standard. Assessment strategies may include:

  • Observation
  • Student demonstration
  • Questioning
  • Written tasks
  • Tests

Students are given a number of opportunities to demonstrate competence across the range of competency standards covered by this course.

Recognition of Prior Learning

You may be entitled to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning. If you have completed any training, either through your part-time work, TAFE or other school VET courses you have completed recently, or through experience gained in other ways you can apply for RPL. You should talk to your School VET Coordinator, Careers Adviser or course teacher for further information.


To be eligible for this qualification you must successfully complete: 13 Units: 8 Core, 5 Electives:


  • BSBWOR203
    Work effectively with others
  • SITXFSA001
    Use hygienic practices for food safety
  • SITXWHS001 Participate in safe work practices
  • SITHCCC001
    Use food preparation equipment
  • SITHCCC005
    Prepare dishes using basic methods of cookery
  • SITHKOP001
    Clean kitchen premises and equipment
  • SITXINV002
    Maintain the quality of perishable items
  • SITHCCC011
    Use cookery skills effectively


Electives may include:
(Your school will confirm which electives will be delivered.)

  • SITHIND002
    Source and use information on the hospitality industry
  • SITXFSA002
    Participate in safe food handling practices
  • SITHCCC002
    Prepare and present simple dishes
  • SITHCCC006
    Prepare appetisers and salads
  • SITHCCC003
    Prepare and present sandwiches
  • SITHFAB005
    Prepare and serve espresso coffee
  • BSBSUS201
    Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • SITXCOM002
    Show social and cultural sensitivity

Career Information

Job Roles

  • Breakfast cook
  • Catering assistant
  • Fast food cook
  • Sandwich hand
  • Take-away cook

Duties and Tasks

Kitchen hands may perform the following tasks:

  • Wash and clean utensils and dishes and make sure they are stored appropriately
  • Handle, sort, store and distribute food items
  • Wash, peel, chop, cut and cook foodstuffs, and help prepare salads and desserts
  • Sort and dispose of rubbish and recycling
  • Organise laundering of kitchen linen
  • Clean food preparation equipment, floors and other kitchen tools or areas

Personal Attributes

  • Enjoy practical work
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Able to work quickly and safely with minimal supervision
  • Good personal hygiene
  • Free from skin allergies to foods and detergents
  • Good communication skills
  • Able to work under pressure
  • Able to work as part of a team


After achieving Certificate II in Kitchen Operations, individuals could progress to a wide range of other qualifications in the hospitality and broader service industries, for example:

  • Certificate III in Commercial Cookery
  • Certificate III in Catering Operations
  • Certificate III in Hospitality

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