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Study Cookery/Pastry Chef in Australia

Study Chef Australia CHEF is on the Skilled Occupation List, therefore pursuing a diploma or higher may be lead to sponsorship or permanent residency in Australia, should this be a goal. We will assit you to select the best program and college for your cooking studies. Call today to begin your 100% free counselling, course enrolment, and student visa application support. Call today on 02 9273 0613.

Qualifications to Become a Chef

In Australia, the minimum entry requirement to be a chef is a Diploma or higher qualification or at least 3 years relevant experience. In certain circumstances, a chef must have both experience and a formal qualification.

During a chef course in an Australian institution, you will learn to plan and design menus, estimate food and labour costs, order food supplies, manage the creation and quality of all dishes, manage the presentation of food, enforce hygiene regulations.

If you have a Certificate II in Commercial Cookery or Asian Cookery, you can work as a short-order cook or in a café or restaurant. However, to become a qualified cook or chef in Australia you need to attain a Certificate III in either commercial cookery or Asian cookery. This can be achieved through a training program plus hands-on work experience, or through an Australian Apprenticeship. 

Academic awards for cooking & baking

Certificate III in Hospitality (Commercial Cookery)

This is the basic qualification required to become a qualified cook in Australia.

Certificate III in Hospitality (Catering Operations)

This qualification is the pathway to a catering career.

Certificate III in Hospitality (Asian Cookery)

This program is for students who are interested in becoming a chef specialising in Asian cuisine.

Certificate III in Hospitality (Patisserie)

In order to work as a pastry chef (patissier) making pastries, cakes and desserts, this is the qualification you need

Certificate IV in Hospitality (Commercial Cookery)

This program is for qualified cooks who want to further develop their kitchen supervision skills.

Certificate IV in Hospitality (Asian Cookery)

This qualification is for qualified cooks who would like to develop kitchen supervision skills for an Asian kitchen.

Certificate IV in Hospitality (Patisserie)

This program trains qualified cooks/bakers to develop their kitchen supervision skills for a café, cake shop, or bakery

Certificate IV in Hospitality (Catering Operations)

This program is delivered to qualified cooks who want to develop their catering and supervisor skills.

Certificate IV

With a Certificate IV qualification, you can work as an executive chef, food & beverage supervisor, front office supervisor, concierge, butler, or sous chef

Diploma of Hospitality

This program is for qualified chefs (holding a Certificate III or higher) who wish to develop skills in managing a kitchen or restaurant. With a diploma, you can work as a restaurant manager, kitchen manager, motel manager, catering manager, or hotel manager.

Advanced Diploma of Hospitality

With an Advanced Diploma, you are qualified to become a café or small restaurant owner, area manager, operations manager, or general manager. To enrol, you must currently hold a Certificate III or Diploma.

Employment for Chefs

Global Employment Trends for Chefs

Chef Employment TrendsChefs are in high demand in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand, and in medium demand in the USA. This industry pays ‘below-average’ wages in most English-speaking countries.  Employment rates tend to hold steady in the sector, but recently, tourism and retirements are providing more demand.


Working as a Chef in Australia

In 2013, over 85,000 chefs were employed in Australia. Over the next 4 years, there will be a continued, and highly competitive, demand for chefs in Australia, with up to 40% growth predicted. Retiring chefs is a reason for continued growth at this time, as is increased tourism. Jobs should continue to be available in most regions of the country.

According to, 77% of chef roles are full-time. The average salary is approximately $950/week pre-tax.  The higher paid areas for chefs tend to be in hotels, restaurants, and casinos. Migrants tend to be a large source of candidates for this industry, especially in ethnic restaurants.

In addition to chefs, Australia currently has a shortage of bakers, pastry chefs, and cooks.

As we mentioned above, Chef is on the Skilled Occupations List, so, according to the Australian Border Force, it is a pathway to Australian residency.

If you would like to learn more about booking or patisserie studies in Australia, please contact us to assess your education goals.