Certificate IV in Kitchen Management - QAT Culinary School

Cricos Code 109661B

Commercial Cookery Course Code:SIT40521

Certificate IV in Kitchen Management – Chef Course Australia


Start your exciting career in Kitchen Management today! Get involved in the culinary arts with the Certificate IV in Kitchen Management at Queensland Academy of Technology.

Do you have a passion for creating delicious meals and unforgettable dining experiences? If so, the Certificate IV in Kitchen Management in Brisbane Culinary school (QAT) is your ticket to culinary excellence!

With our chef courses, you’ll gain hands-on culinary experience and develop the necessary knowledge and practical culinary skills required to excel in your culinary career.

QAT is also a Brisbane culinary/cooking school that provides commercial cookery courses. Be prepared for much more than just cooking classes.

These courses supply students with theoretical and practical training to help them develop the necessary practical skills, knowledge and experience in food production, hygiene, menu costing, workplace health and safety, environmentally sustainable work practices, teamwork and basic nutrition.

Successful completion of this commercial cookery course (SIT40521 Certificate IV in Kitchen Management) at QAT will enable students to enter the workforce as a qualified chef or chef de partie, with opportunities to lead a small team to work in a broad range of commercial kitchens. By pursuing this career, you open up a plethora of fantastic employment prospects in the cookery industry. With Australia’s cookery industry currently thriving, you can enter this career path knowing qualified chefs are in high demand in the workforce. See below for more information about our Brisbane culinary school.


The duration of cookery courses may vary based on the funding by which the program is being delivered under. In this instance, a training plan/schedule will be used to outline the duration and scheduling of the intended program to the student or candidate. The study options will be set out in the schedule/plan which is provided at enrolment, detailing the training methods by which the program is being delivered. All courses have full fee disclosure prior to a student commences upon enrolment.


Domestic Students: 

• There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

International Students:
• IELTS 5.5 or equivalent* (No band below 5.0).
• Completion of Year 12 (or equivalent in the student’s home country).
• Students who have not completed Year 12 (or equivalent) must have relevant work experience or a qualification that indicate a likely success of course completion.

*Alternatively, students are required to take a pre-test before enrolment.


For International Students:

Please contact us for tuition fee of this course.

For Domestic Students:

Please refer to the following details of Fee and Funding. Where alterations are made to course structure, fees will be recalculated and students advised accordingly.


Skills and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through cooking courses. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you study at the Queensland Academy of Technology, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning gained in a venue, registered training organisation, or culinary schools, Australia-wide.

You can choose to package this course with the Diploma of Hospitality for a shorter duration of the combined programs. Contact us to find out more!


We have many payment options available depending on each individual student. Please Contact QAT to know what payment option suits you.


At QAT our aim is to assist you in reaching the required competence and confidence to succeed within the Hospitality industry.

Join QAT industry award winning trainers who will provide you with the individual training support to successfully achieve your study to reach career goals and gain employment in the Hospitality, Events and Tourism industry.

You will receive:

This course will equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge of kitchen operations to become a qualified chef or chef de partie.
• This qualification is nationally recognised.
• Our trainers are qualified, industry-experienced professionals who provide one-on-one support to ensure you have the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the field.
Students will be trained in real world settings and acquire job-ready skills (such as knife skills) through their training from some of the best chefs in Brisbane.
Students will gain valuable work experience in kitchen facilities due to our strong partnerships within the restaurant industry, including local kitchens, hotels, cafes and coffee shops.
QAT will help you arrange your work-based training to gain real world experience in a local commercial kitchen, such as a restaurant, hotel, cafe or coffee shop.
• Successful completion of this course will enable you to work as a chef or chef de partie, or complete further study with our internal pathways.

Come join Brisbane culinary school here at QAT


The successful achievement of this chef course qualification requires you to complete 33 core units of competency. Students are required to complete a mandatory vocational placement of 36 shifts to satisfy this component of your qualification. This certificate 4 in hospitality (commercial cookery) cannot be awarded without this being completed successfully.

SITHCCC023 - Use food preparation equipment
SITHCCC026 - Prepare Packaged Foodstuffs
SITHCCC027 - Prepare dishes using basic methods of cookery
SITHCCC028 - Prepare appetisers and salads
SITHCCC029 - Prepare stocks, sauces and soups
SITHCCC030 - Prepare vegetable, fruit, eggs and farinaceous dishes
SITHCCC031 - Prepare vegetarian and vegan dishes
SITHCCC035 - Prepare poultry dishes
SITHCCC036 - Prepare meat dishes
SITHCCC037 - Prepare seafood dishes
SITHCCC040 - Handle and serve cheese
SITHCCC041 - Produce cakes, pastries and breads
SITHCCC042 - Prepare food to meet special dietary requirements
SITHCCC043 - Work effectively as a cook
SITHKOP009 - Clean kitchen premises and equipment
SITHKOP010 - Plan and cost Recipes
SITHKOP012 - Develop recipes for special dietary requirements
SITHKOP013 - Plan cooking operations
SITHKOP015 - Design & Cost Menus
SITHPAT016 - Produce desserts
SITXCOM010 - Manage conflict
SITXFIN009 - Manage finances within the budget
SITXFSA005 - Use hygienic practices for food safety
SITXFSA006 - Participate in safe food handling practices
SITXFSA008 - Develop and implement a food safety program
SITXHRM007 - Coach Others In Job Skills
SITXHRM008 - Roster staff
SITXHRM009 - Lead & Manage People
SITXINV006 - Receive, store and maintain stock
SITXINV007 - Purchase Goods
SITXMGT004 - Monitor work operations
SITXWHS005 - Participate in safe work practices
SITXWHS007 - Implement and monitor work health and safety practices


The SIT40521 Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery (Kitchen Management) is a nationally recognised qualification tailored for international and Australian chefs aspiring to excel in kitchen management roles within the culinary industry. This qualification reflects the advanced skills and knowledge needed to oversee kitchen operations effectively, including menu planning, food preparation, budget management, and team leadership. Graduates are equipped with the expertise to pursue career advancement opportunities as kitchen managers, chefs de partie, or culinary supervisors. With a focus on developing the ability to operate independently while maintaining high standards of food quality, safety, and service, this qualification prepares individuals to take on leadership roles and contribute to the success of hospitality establishments.


Students can pursue further studies by enrolling into a SIT50422 Diploma of Hospitality Management through our pathway program. For more information on our higher education pathways, please see University Pathways.


Initial career opportunities upon successful completion of this course include:

• Chef
• Chef de Partie


Is this course suitable for apprentice chefs?

For an apprentice chef, the more relevant qualification would be the SIT30821 Certificate III in Commercial Cookery, which provides a comprehensive foundation in commercial cookery skills and prepares individuals for entry-level positions in the hospitality industry. Upon completing their apprenticeship and gaining more experience in the field, apprentice chefs may then consider pursuing a more advanced cookery course in Brisbane, such as the Certificate IV in Kitchen Management, to advance their career prospects and take on a team leading role in a commercial kitchen.

If I complete this course will I be able to become a Head Chef or Executive Chef?

This course provides you with advanced skills and knowledge in kitchen management, which is an essential aspect of working as a head or executive chef. However, becoming a head chef or executive chef typically requires a combination of formal education, extensive experience in the culinary industry, and demonstrated leadership abilities.

What is the difference between a culinary school and cooking schools in Brisbane, Australia?

Cooking schools provide short-term cooking courses or a single cooking class, with focused instruction for enthusiasts looking to improve specific skills or learn new recipes, while a culinary school (or chef school) offers comprehensive education and training for individuals aspiring to pursue careers in the culinary industry. If you were going to learn a new recipe for a dinner party, or find team-building exercises for an office, you’d go to a cooking school. Brisbane cooking classes are often recreational and cater to a wide range of skill levels, whereas culinary schools are for students looking to acquire a certificate in cookery for professional roles as chefs, cooks, or culinary professionals through structured programs covering various aspects of the culinary arts.

Is there a permanent residency pathway for international students who study culinary courses Australia-wide?

International students completing chef courses Australia-wide may be eligible for various pathways towards permanent residency, depending on their individual circumstances and Australia's immigration policies at the time of application. One common pathway for international students studying in Australia is the Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485), which allows recent graduates to live, work, and study in Australia temporarily after completing their studies. This visa can provide a pathway to permanent residency through employer sponsorship or other skilled migration programs. Additionally, graduates of certain qualifications, including those in hospitality and culinary fields, may be eligible to apply for skilled visas such as the Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189), Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190), or Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) if they meet the relevant eligibility criteria, including occupation demand and points requirements. It’s important for international students to stay updated on immigration policies and consult with a qualified migration agent or the Department of Home Affairs for the most accurate and current information regarding permanent residency pathways available to them based on their qualifications and circumstances.


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