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COVID-19 update: This course will start online and continue on campus later. Read more

What will I learn?

If you love food, creative cooking and working in a team then becoming a qualified cook or chef could be the career for you. You will be taught by some of the best in the business in our specialist training kitchens with state-of-the-art equipment.

During the course you will learn how to prepare and cook appetisers and salads, poultry and game, seafood, meat, hot and cold desserts, pastries, cakes, and yeast goods. You will also master the basics like stocks, sauces, soups, vegetables, eggs and pasta dishes while learning key industry skills such as teamwork, food safety, hygiene, and organising supplies.

Work placement/industry experience

As a culinary student, you’ll train in our specialist training kitchens with state-of-the-art equipment, completing a total of 240 work placement hours. You’ll also develop real skills and experience working in The Gordon's professional venues: Cafe on Track and the Davidson Restaurant.

How often do I attend?

Full time - 3 days per week

Changes to delivery due to COVID-19

The Gordon is utilising Gordon Online, our digital learning management system to ensure students continue to learn and reach their study goals during isolation. Classes are being delivered live (in real-time) using audio-visual delivery methods. Where on-campus attendance is required to complete practical learning and assessments, student numbers are being managed to ensure social distancing can be observed.

Possible Career Outcomes

  • Qualified cook/chef
  • Head chef
  • Kitchen attendant
  • Catering team assistant

Type of assessment

Assessment for this course is based on:

Hands-on projects
Workplace tasks
Industry placement

Further Study Options

After completing the Certificate III in Commercial Cookery you can go on to study the Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery and the Diploma of Hospitality Management, gaining three qualifications in two years!



Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$13,208.00 (7,10,108) per year
Annual Approx Additional Equipment/Materials Fee: AUD $977
Start date

July 2022


The Gordon

Geelong City Campus,

2 Fenwick Street,



3220, GEELONG, Australia

Entry requirements

For international students


Successful completion of Australian Year 10 or equivalent

Age/other requirements:

You must be 18 years or over at the time of course commencement.


IELTS Academic overall score of 5.5 with no band below 5.0 (or equivalent); or completion of Australian Year 12; or a qualification undertaken in Australia at Certificate IV or higher and completed within the past 5 years; or university studies in Australia of at least 2 years duration. TOEFL iBT: 46-59; PTE Academic: 43-50; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 47-51; OET: C.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.