SIT31013 - Certificate III in Catering Operations

Got catering skills? Get recognised.

The skills you've mastered working in Catering Operations, like preparing simple dishes using basic methods of cookery, using hygienic practices, coaching others, and using cookery skills effectively may have prepared you to achieve formal recognition.

This is an ideal path for anyone wishing to become certified, wanting to expand their employment options, or thinking of entering the Catering Operations field, making good use of experience in preparing sandwiches, prepared foodstuffs, appetisers, salads, soups, entrees, buffets, and desserts.

Adjust your career recipe in Catering Operations to deliver a culinary feast.

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Yes. All of our qualifications are issued by RTOs which have been approved by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) to deliver nationally recognised qualifications that meet national quality assurance requirements. This means that they are recognised by industry and educational institutions in all Australian states and territories as conforming to the required competency standards.

Yes. Because all of our qualifications are issued by reputable RTOs and contain the nationally recognised training logo, they each verify that a candidate has met the Units of Competency required to work in their industry occupation. These qualifications do not indicate how you have obtained the qualification (i.e. through RPL), and are exactly the same as a qualification received from a training provider through any other means.

Get Qualified Australia allows you up 3 months to complete the RPL process, however the actual duration is dependent on the length of time it takes you to provide your evidence. While this is generally 4 weeks, the quicker you submit your evidence, the sooner the process will be completed.

Once all the required evidence has been submitted and your evidence has been assessed, the RTO will then review and issue your qualification within 2-4 weeks, provided that no further evidence is required. This makes it possible for you to achieve your qualification in as little as 1 month, and up to 3 months.

Requests for extensions beyond the allotted 3 month period will be considered on an individual case basis.

While our Customer Service Agents will determine the best evidence for your portfolio, evidence generally takes the form of:

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  • Education, training and qualifications
  • Job Description
  • Policies and Procedures
  • Workplace communication
  • Bookkeeping and financial records

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The options are really endless. Most people use qualifications to enhance their careers, from achieving a promotion or pay rise, to climbing organisational ranks and getting new job opportunities. In fact, qualifications have shown to increase employability by 11%, and result in promotions 42% of the time.

Other people might use their qualification to improve visa or migration prospects, access postgraduate study, open up their own businesses, meet regulatory requirements, or obtain a licence in their industry or occupation.

Please note that while our qualifications may help you meet minimum licensing requirements, only your state’s relevant licensing authority may issue you your licence. For more information about trades licensing, click here.

  • 21 units must be completed:

  • 13 core units

  • 8 elective units, consisting of:

  • 1 unit from Group A
  • 3 units from Group A or Group B
  • 4 units from Group B, Group C, elsewhere in SIT12 Training Package, or any other current Training Package or accredited course.

The selection of electives must be guided by the job outcome sought, local industry requirements and the complexity of skills appropriate to the AQF level of this qualification.

Core units 

*Prerequisite is SITXFSA101 Use hygienic practices for food safety

Elective units - Group A 

*Prerequisite is SITXFSA101 Use hygienic practices for food safety

Elective units - Group B 

Commercial Cookery and Catering 
* Prerequisite is SITXFSA101 Use hygienic practices for food safety
Food and Beverage 
*Prerequisite is SITXFSA101 Use hygienic practices for food safety
^Prerequisite is SITHFAB201A Provide responsible service of alcohol
Food safety 

SITXFSA202 Transport and store food *

*Prerequisite is SITXFSA101 Use hygienic practices for food safety
*Prerequisite is SITXFSA101 Use hygienic practices for food safety
Kitchen Operations 

SITHKOP302 Plan and cost basic menus

Working in Industry 

SITHIND201 Source and use information on the hospitality industry

Elective units - Group C 

Communication and Teamwork 

BSBCMM201A Communicate in the workplace

Client and Customer Service 

SITXCCS303 Provide service to customers

Computer Operations and ICT Management 
Environmental Sustainability 

BSBSUS301A Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices


SITXINV201 Receive and store stock

Languages other than English 
Quality and Innovation 

BSBINN201A Contribute to workplace innovation

Work Health and Safety 

SITXWHS301 Identify hazards, assess and control safety risks


Examples of elective units relevant to specific job outcomes and contexts at this level are as follows:

Catering assistant working in a hospital 
Catering assistant working in cook–chill kitchen 
Food service assistant in a function facility 

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of endorsement.

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  • Australian Training and Consulting - Provider Code 90886

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