The Cookery Elective is a Block Credit of 90 Nominal Hours for VCE VET ElectiveVocational Major (VM) and Victorian Pathways Certificate (VPC)


Cookery Industry Taster Elective - VCE 2023

Short Courses Australia's Cookery Elective is an introduction to food preparation within the hospitality industry and provides students with a set of skills and compliance certificates necessary for entry level employment within a Restaurant or Café, in a food services role.

Students earn their food safety certificates and develop food preparation skills and serve a variety of popular dishes within a simulated kitchen environment.

Download our VETDSS Course Guide for 2023.


Block Credit - 90 Nominal Hours

The Hospitality Industry Taster Elective equals one Block Credit of 90 Nominal Hours:

VCE VET Elective

  • For VCE Students it provides a Credit at Unit 1 & 2.

Vocational Major (VM)

  • For VCE VM students it provides 90 of 180 nominal hours required of VET at Certificate II level.

Victorian Pathways Certificate (VPC)

  • For VPC students it meets the requirement of the new certificate.
VCE Cookery Elective Program
Units selected from SIT20421 Certificate II in Cookery
Units of Competence Nominal Hours
SITXFSA005 Use hygienic practices for food safety (FSH) 15
SITXWHS005 Participate in safe work practices 12
BSBTWK201 Work Effectively with others 15
SITHKOP009 Clean kitchen premises and equipment 13
SITHCCC023 Use food preparation equipment 25
SITHCCC025 Prepare and present sandwiches 10
JOB CAMP Module Job Search, SWL & VET Pathways 0
Graduation Ceremony 0
Total Nominal Hours 90



The Cookery Industry Taster Elective is delivered across 1 Semester, or 2 Terms.

Students attending Campus attend weekly 4 Hour Practical Classes, over 2 Terms, and are also required to complete self-paced projects, online learning and participate in formative assessment activities.


VET Material Fees

In 2023, a two-band VET materials funding model applies (High-cost materials funding band and Low-cost materials funding band). The level of funding received is based on VET enrolments, and payments will be received as quarterly cash  grants through the Student Resource Package.

Each VET enrolment will be allocated $250 for certificates that sit within the low-cost materials funding band and $450 for those that sit within the high-cost materials funding band.

Follow this link for a breackdown of Short Courses Australia VET Material Fees that meet eleigibility for the funding


Structured Workplace Learning (SWL)

The Victorian Curriculum & Assessment Authority (VCAA) recommends work placement and to liaise with your Local Learning Employment Network (LLEN).

Short Courses Australia includes our JOB CAMP learning module for secondary students that covers resume writing, job search and the interview process.


Block Credit Recognition In The VCE

VCE Student, VCE Vocational Major (VM) and Victorian Pathways Certificate (VPC) students receive a Credit towards their VCE, VCE VM or VPC for each 90 hour block elective of VET completed. For more information visit


Course Delivery Location

The Cookery Indsutry Taster Elective is delivered at our training campus located 350 Collins Street, Melbourne

To Host a Cookery Industry Taster Elective at your school contact Short Courses Australia VETDSS Team on 1300 747 430 Email:


Employment Pathways

On completion of the Cookery Industry Taster Elective a student will be able to apply for entry level employment within a café, restaurant or food preparation business.


Study Pathways

A student can use their learning to continue their vocational education and training through enrolment in the Certificate II in Cookery, Certificate III in Commercial Cookery, SBAT, Traineeship or Apprenticeship


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Students can be enrolled online below into the Cookery Industry Taster Elective.  

For information as to how a Secondary School can Host a Cookery Taster Elective for their VCE, VM and VPC Students at their School, Click Here.

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Customer Reviews

  • Cookery Taster Program | review from ???

    02 June 2023

      "The instructor was kind and professional. I could learn in a comfortable atmosphere. :)"

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    01 June 2023

      "I learned a lot. Thank you. Thinking of taking up another course soon."

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  • Cookery Taster Program | review from Carolina Cruz Castillo

    30 May 2023

      "I took my SITHFAB021 - Providing a Responsible Service for Alcohol Courses. They are available when making a Zoom call. the classes are much more fun, more informative and more engaging during class. I recommend taking the courses here because they have full experience in the different fields."

    -  Carolina Cruz Castillo

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    24 May 2023

      "The courses is valuable and worthy"

    -  bishop guan

  • Cookery Taster Program | review from Alejandra CortÚs

    22 May 2023

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  •  | review from Massimo Petru

    22 May 2023

      "Exceptional courses, very quick and easy to get certification in multiple areas, highly recommend."

    -  Massimo Petru

  • Cookery Taster Program | review from Y33T0

    17 May 2023

      "Lessons are easy to follow, the instructors kept the courses fun and engaging"

    -  Y33T0

Useful Links

  VCAA Block Credit Recognition

  VCAA VCE VET Program Chart

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