SIT40521 – Certificate IV in Kitchen Management


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.

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.

The skills in this qualification must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State or Territory legislation, Australian standards and industry codes of practice.

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


This qualification will be delivered over 78 weeks, including 60 weeks of training and assessment spread over 6 terms of 10 weeks each and 18 weeks of holidays.


Delivery and Assessments: 60 Weeks + Holiday: 18 Weeks = Total Duration: 78 Weeks




Start Date

Various intake and start dates are available. Call on +02 4608 9972 for more information


Study Mode

A face-to-face training and workplace-based mode is employed for this qualification and all training will take place at Astral Skills Institute of Australia’s training facilities and in a commercial training kitchen.


Delivery Method

This program utilises a blended delivery mode incorporating face-to-face deliveries, assignments (individual and/or group assignments), practical demonstrations, workshops, and/or simulated environment. Candidates need to attend schedules training sessions to be delivered at ASIA’s training facilities while practical sessions will be conducted in a fully equipped kitchen facility of the institute. Candidates may also require completing work placement to fulfil the AQF requirements in some individual units.


Assessment Methods

Training and assessment for the kitchen units is generally grouped (but not clustered) to consider that students can prepare a number of meals that will address a number of units. Students will be provided with learning and assessment materials that they will use to develop their knowledge and understanding. All students will be provided with a range of learning support options and resources to help them achieve competency.

Assessments for the program continues throughout the duration the qualification until the candidates achieve competency in the assessment tasks. Assessment tasks for the qualifications may include but are not limited to knowledge questions, presentations, projects, log books, reports, practical demonstrations and observations.   

What you will achieve

By the end of this qualification students will be able to:

  • Develop competency in cookery and acquire the skills and knowledge to lead a team.
  • Learn to implement operational plans and food safety programs.
  • Acquire skills in people management, inventory control, and budgeting.


There are no pre-requisites set for this qualification specified in the training package


RTO Requirements for International students

International students must meet certain English language requirements for admission into ASIA:

Astral Skills Institute of Australia has the following entry requirements:

International students must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Have completed at least Year 12 or equivalent.
  • Participate in a course entry interview to determine suitability for the course and student needs.
  • Have an IELTS* score of 5.5 (test results must be no more than 2 years old). English language competence can also be demonstrated through documented evidence of any of the following:
    • Educated for 5 years in an English-speaking country; or
    • Successful completion of a recognised English Placement Test

*Note that other English language tests such as PTE and TOEFL can also be accepted. Students are required to provide their results so that it can be confirmed if they are equivalent to IELTS 5.5.

For further information on student visa assessment levels, refer to the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) website (http://

Credit Transfer

All Credit Transfer Applications must be supported by appropriate documentation. This may be in the form of a Nationally Recognised Qualification Certificate, Transcript and/or a Statement of Attainment, which corresponds with the same qualification code and name, unit code and title as those included in the student application and date/duration of the course.

Course Structure

Unit code Unit Title Core/ Elective
SITHCCC023 Use food preparation equipment Core
SITHCCC027 Prepare dishes using basic methods of cookery Core
SITHCCC028 Prepare appetisers and salads Core
SITHCCC029 Prepare stocks, sauces and soups Core
SITHCCC030 Prepare vegetable, fruit, eggs and farinaceous dishes Core
SITHCCC031 Prepare vegetarian and vegan dishes Core
SITHCCC035 Prepare poultry dishes Core
SITHCCC036 Prepare meat dishes Core
SITHCCC037 Prepare seafood dishes Core
SITHCCC041 Produce cakes, pastries and breads Core
SITHCCC042 Prepare food to meet special dietary requirements Core
SITHCCC043 Work effectively as a cook Core
SITHKOP010 Plan and cost recipes Core
SITHKOP012 Develop recipes for special dietary requirements Core
SITHKOP013 Plan cooking operations Core
SITHKOP015 Design and cost menus Core
SITHPAT016 Produce desserts Core
SITXCOM010 Manage conflict Core
SITXFIN009 Manage finances within a budget Core
SITXFSA005 Use hygienic practices for food safety Core
SITXFSA006 Participate in safe food handling practices Core
SITXFSA008 Develop and implement a food safety program Core
SITXHRM008 Roster staff Core
SITXHRM009 Lead and manage people Core
SITXINV006 Receive, store and maintain stock Core
SITXMGT004 Monitor work operations Core
SITXWHS007 Implement and monitor work health and safety practices Core
SITHCCC026 Package prepared foodstuffs Elective Group A
SITHCCC040 Prepare and serve cheese Elective Group A
SITHCCC038 Produce and serve food for buffets Elective Group A
SITHFAB025 Prepare and serve espresso coffee Elective Group D
BSBTWK501 Lead diversity and inclusion Elective Group E
SITXWHS006 Identify hazards, assess and control safety risks Elective Group E

Possible Career Outcomes

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:
1. chef
2. chef de partie.


Note: Above career pathway information is in line with the qualification description on National Training Register (, it doesn’t imply any job guarantee or job role at the end of the course. ASIA does NOT claim any employment outcomes or job guarantees associated with its courses as it will be misleading.

Pathways from this qualification

After achieving SIT40521Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery, individuals can progress to SIT50422 Diploma of Hospitality.

Additional Information

For more details, reach out to us at Astral Skills Institute of Australia

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