What will I learn?

Skilled chefs are in high demand in the hospitality industry worldwide, with the ability to work in hotels, restaurants, cafe's, conference centres, private catering companies, healthcare environments or tourism and travel venues.

Train in world-class commercial kitchens to develop your skills and cookery experience from preparing food in a modern kitchen environment, through to managing people and coordinating cooking and work operations with confidence.

Further your career options by learning high-level business, strategic, financial and personnel functions of the broader hospitality industry, with CIT's Diploma and Advanced Diploma.

Industry Placement

Establish future career opportunities and experience the industry first-hand with 720 hours of paid industry experience! (Approximate hours: Certificate III Ð 400 hours.)

Why study at CIT?

  • Seven training kitchens on campus
  • In-house commercial restaurant and cafe
  • Learn from award-winning chefs
  • Use CIT's network to connect you to employment opportunities
  • Be part of the exciting food scene in the Canberra region with plenty of job opportunities for hospitality students
  • Get support to find industry placement

Course Subject:

Core: Complete all 21 subjects

  • SITHCCC001 Use food preparation equipment
  • SITHCCC005 Prepare dishes using basic methods of cookery
  • SITXWHS001 Participate in safe work practices
  • SITXINV002 Maintain the quality of perishable items
  • SITHKOP001 Clean kitchen premises and equipment
  • BSBWOR203 Work effectively with others
  • SITXFSA001 Use hygienic practices for food safety
  • SITHCCC006 Prepare appetisers and salads
  • SITHCCC007 Prepare stocks, sauces and soups
  • SITHCCC008 Prepare vegetable, fruit, eggs and farinaceous dishes
  • BSBSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • SITXFSA002 Participate in safe food handling practices
  • SITHCCC013 Prepare seafood dishes
  • SITHCCC014 Prepare meat dishes
  • SITHCCC019 Produce cakes, pastries and breads
  • SITHPAT006 Produce desserts
  • SITHCCC012 Prepare poultry dishes
  • SITHCCC018 Prepare food to meet special dietary requirements
  • SITHKOP002 Plan and cost basic menus
  • SITXHRM001 Coach others in job skills
  • SITHCCC020 Work effectively as a cook

Electives: Complete all 2 subjects

  • SITHCCC003 Prepare and present sandwiches
  • SITHCCC017 Handle and serve cheese

Electives: Complete 2 subjects

  • SITHASC002 Prepare Asian appetisers and snacks
  • SITXFSA001 Use hygienic practices for food safety
  • SITHASC004 Prepare Asian sauces, dips and accompaniments

Job outcome:

Commercial cook in restaurants, hotels, clubs, pubs, cafes and cafeterias.



Study options

Online/Distance with attendance (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$17,300.00 (US$ 12,966) per year
Course fee: AUD $8,650 per semester; Material fees: AUD $380
Start date

July 2021, October 2021


Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT)

CIT Reid Campus,

37 Constitution Avenue,


Australian Capital Territory,

2601, CANBERRA, Australia

Entry requirements

For international students

Academic requirements

  • Year 12 Certificate or equivalent
  • Students over the age of 20 may be eligible for adult entry.

English requirements

  • IELTS 5.5 in all skill bands
  • TOEFL iBT - 46
  • PTE Academic - 42 (minimum of 36 in each band)
  • Cambridge English test (C1 Advanced and B2 First) - 162
  • Successful completion of CIT's English for Study and Life (Upper Intermediate)

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