if you're thinking about a career in a commercial kitchen as a cook or chef, or wanting to get an entry level job in a commercial kitchen, this is the course for you!
You'll learn basic food preparation and cookery skills, and how to store and use food safely. You'll also learn about kitchen equipment, and how a busy commercial kitchen runs. it's the perfect introduction to kitchen operations, and a great way to get started in this field!
This qualification can set you up to work in kitchen operations in restaurants, hotels, catering facilities, clubs, pubs, cafes or coffee shops; as well as kitchens within facilities such as aged care homes, hospitals, prisons, large businesses, colleges, airlines and schools.
Choose a WA TAFE college that delivers this course
To find out more about doing this course at a WA TAFE college, select one of the TAFEs listed below to read their course descriptions. You'll also be able to see at which TAFE campus/es the course is delivered.
If you would like further information such as when the course is available and how to enrol, and details of course fees, or if you have questions about how the course is delivered, please follow the Find out more link to go to the TAFE's website where you will find full course details and contact information so that you can speak to the TAFE directly.
Get your hospitality career started.
After completing this course you'll be able to work in kitchen operations in restaurants, hotels, catering facilities, clubs, pubs, cafes, coffee shops, aged care facilities, hospitals, prisons and schools.
You may be in charge of preparing breakfast, fast food, non-alcoholic drinks, sandwiches, appetisers, salads and hot/cold desserts.
This qualification does not reflect the skills required by commercial cooks (please see the Certificate III in Commercial Cookery(opens in a new tab) ).
Half price fees apply!
Want a taste of the commercial cookery industry?
The Certificate II in Kitchen Operations is an entry-level qualification, providing you with the basic food preparation and cookery skills required to work in a commercial kitchen.
You will learn how to prepare food using basic cooking and preparatory techniques, follow hygienic practices and cleanliness for food safety, maintain the quality of perishable food items, work as part of a team and follow workplace safety stipulations. You will also learn how to source and utilise information within the hospitality and commercial cookery industry and display culture and social sensitivity while in the workplace.
You will have the opportunity to specialise in a particular area of the hospitality and commercial cookery industry throughout this course, such as accommodation, administration, customer service, commercial cookery and catering, finance, gaming or inventory.
Get your hospitality career started
In this qualification you'll learn basic food preparation and cookery skills, which you'll be able to perform under direct supervision.
This qualification does not reflect the skills required by commercial cooks (please see the Certificate III in Commercial Cookery).
After completing this course you'll be able to work in kitchen operations in restaurants, hotels, catering facilities, clubs, pubs, cafes, coffee shops, aged care facilities, hospitals, prisons and schools. You may be in charge of preparing breakfast, fast food, non-alcoholic drinks, sandwiches, appetisers, salads and hot/cold desserts. Job roles: breakfast cook, catering assistant, fast food cook, sandwich hand and take-away cook.
Study in specialised facilities
Our Mandurah campus has undergone exciting developments with new purpose-built training facilities in 2023, including a Mandurah Hospitality and Tourism Training Centre which will deliver simulated training in commercial cookery, tourism and event management. The new Centre includes two training kitchens, a production kitchen and restaurant for students to build their practical skills and become workplace ready.
This qualification will provide you with the skills and knowledge to undertake a range of kitchen functions in restaurants, hotels, catering operations, clubs, pubs, cafes, cafeterias and coffee shops.
You will learn to prepare and serve foods and beverages, prepare and produce appetisers, salads, vegetable, fruit, egg and farinaceous dishes. You will learn about workplace cleanliness, safe food handling practices and hospitality information usage.
South Regional TAFE is transitioning this qualification to the new training package in 2024. Students will be enrolled into the new units developed to meet current and future industry needs. Fees may vary for courses transitioning to the new training package.
Choose a private training provider that delivers this course
This course is available from registered training organisations (accredited private training providers) that are also funded through Jobs and Skills WA. Select from the list below, and follow the link to the provider's website for further information about the course and how to enrol.
The Certificate II in Kitchen Operations will allow you to gain practical skills such as, but not limited to, preparing dishes using basic methods of cookery, safe food handling practices and use food preparation equipment.
The Certificate II Kitchen Operations can be delivered as part of a full or part-time traineeship on-the-job at the employer’s premises and is suitable for those working in the kitchen. School-Based Traineeships are also available.
This qualification reflects the role of individuals working in kitchens who use a defined and limited range of food preparation and cookery skills to prepare food and menu items. They are involved in mainly routine and repetitive tasks and work under direct supervision. Our highly qualified teachers have experience in some of Australia's most well-known kitchens. They are dedicated to sharing their knowledge and will prepare you for a fast-paced career in the kitchen.
Learn the basics in food preparation and equipment, develop your cookery skills and understand the procedures in keeping a safe, hygienic workplace. Others skills and knowledge include cleaning:
Kitchens, food preparation areas and sculleries, cooking and general utensils used in kitchens and restaurants, transferring, weighing and checking supplies and equipment, assembling and preparing ingredients for cooking, preparing salads, savouries, sandwiches, packing food and beverage trays for serving, toasting and heating simple food items.
Successful completion of this course will enable you to continue further studies in commercial cookery.
Job outcomes from this qualification can include but not limited to breakfast cook, catering assistant, fast food cook, sandwich hand, kitchen steward, pantry attendant, takeaway cook. We can match your learning outcomes with the choice of elective units of choice in this qualification.
Training Institute Australasia delivers this qualification for companies wishing to match a nationally accredited course to a staff member’s job role, skills and knowledge in a flexible workplace delivery model. This is undertaken via a User Choice Traineeship pathway on the job at your workplace.
This qualification reflects the role of individuals working in kitchens who use a defined and limited range of food preparation and cookery skills to prepare food and menu items. They are involved in mainly routine and repetitive tasks and work under direct supervision. This qualification does not provide the skills required by commercial cooks, which are covered in SIT30816 Certificate III in Commercial Cookery.
This qualification provides a pathway to work in kitchen operations in organisations such as restaurants, hotels, catering operations, clubs, pubs, cafés, and coffee shops; and institutions such as aged care facilities, hospitals, prisons, and schools.
Possible job titles include:
fast food cook
No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.
Vocational Training Services (VTS) is a WA owned and operated training provider servicing Metro and Regional WA with training-staff based in Perth, the Kimberley, Pilbara, Midwest and Great Southern.
This qualification reflects the role of individuals who are new to the industry or in an entry-level role and work under the supervision of others. The course provides students the basic skills necessary for work and provides the foundation skills for students to progress into a trade certificate in cookery.
Individuals completing this course will receive credits towards a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery.
VTS offers the Certificate II in Kitchen as a traineeship and through Priority Industry Training (PIT). The mode of delivery is dependent on the individual's workplace, it may be delivered fully on the job or through blended delivery - in the workplace and a commercial training kitchen. VTS will travel to regional locations to deliver training and assessment. Elective units are selected based on the trainee’s job role.
This qualification is suitable to be delivered as a School-based traineeship.
The information presented on the course lists within this website is provided to the Department of Training and Workforce Development by the WA TAFE colleges and private training providers, and is offered as a guide only. It is updated regularly, however some changes to details may occur in between updates. You should always contact the TAFE or private training provider directly to confirm details and/or ask questions.