Introduction

Commercial Cookery and Hospitality Management courses are courses that combine either in the culinary arts to be a business owner or to work in the hospitality industry. Commercial Cookery and Hospitality Management courses include the development of service skills in both the kitchen and front of house. After graduating, you can work in different hospitality roles such as Chef, Cook, Sous Chef, Head Chef and Chef de Partie.

Chef career and the path to a Permanent Resident Visa

After completing at least 2 years of Commercial Cookery and Hospitality Management in Australia there will be an opportunity to apply for a permanent resident visa along two different visa pathways:

1. Skilled Visa

Subclass 189, 190 and 491 visas are required for applicants to have the following main qualifications.

  • Points Test – achieve minimum 65 points

  • Have completed a full skills assessment

  • Be not over 45 years of age

There are additional conditions for visa subclass 190 and 491 based on the state that you have been nominated in or the state that you aim to apply in.

2. Employer Sponsor Visa

This visa type requires the applicant to be sponsored by the owner of the business to work in a specific occupation that is in demand in Australia such as visa subclass 482, 186 and 494 visas. Some subclasses require at least 2 years work experience. These subclasses include 482 and 3 years for subclass 186 and 494.

Becoming a Chef in Australia

Becoming a Chef is one of the key occupations that Australia desperately needs to fill so there are multiple benefits that you can gain when choosing to study this field. These include:

  • A 360-hour internship program at world-famous hotels and restaurants
  • A 1.5 year post-graduate visa, increasing job opportunities after graduation
  • An opportunity to apply for Australian Permanent Residency
  • A typical salary of $ 64,115 / year

Courses offered

Study a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery in Australia (Course length – 10-12 months)

You will learn the basics of kitchen appliance safety and raw material preparation and cooking. You will also learn essential teamwork skills including:

  • Communication

  • Working with a team

  • Problem solving

  • Cleanliness

  • Time management

 

Key partner institutions that offer these courses include Le Gordon Bleu, Academia, NIET, Sero Institute, ANIBT, Imagine Education, William Angliss, Acknowledge Education and Spencer College.

Study a Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery in Australia (Course length – 18 months)

The Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery is 1.5 years of instruction (18 months) and is often embedded in the Certificate III in Commercial Cookery. This course covers both theory and practical training in a physical hotel setting or famous restaurant. The course has more than 25 compulsory subjects including – Maintaining a Standard in Cooking, Safety in the work, kitchen Hygiene and cleanliness, cost estimation and customer service. There are also a wide variety of supplementary subjects to choose from including the valued course on food service and alcoholic beverages. This course is suitable for people who love to cook and enjoy customer service. Please note that it is not essential to have past experience in the Hospitality sector before commencing studies in this program.

The institutions that offer this course are Le Gordon Bleu, Academia, NIET, Sero Institute, ANIBT, Imagine, William Angliss, Acknowledge Education, Spencer College, Gamma Education & Training, SSBT, MIA, Canterbury Technical Institute, Queensford, TAFE Queensland and QAT.

Study a Diploma of Hospitality Management in Australia (Course length – 6 months)

This course focuses on service and management of places such as hotels or restaurants. The basic subjects include significant research in order to meet the regulatory requirements for operating and developing business relationships.

During the course of study, you will be able to participate in an internship program in an actual hospitality work place. The internship program focuses on customer service in both Fine Dining restaurants and Café Service and creating your own cocktail and mocktails. Every week, the students can change their duties and positions in the internship to enhance their skills in all aspects of the service industry. This course is ideal for students who would like to become a Restaurant Manager or Head Chef.

The institutions that offer this course are Academia, NIET, Sero Institute, ANIBT, Imagine, William Angliss, Acknowledge Education, Spencer College, Gamma Education & Training, SSBT, MIA, Canterbury Technical Institute, Queensford, TAFE Queensland and QAT.

Study an Advanced Diploma of Hospitality Management in Australia (Course length – 6-18 months)

This course focuses on the knowledge and competencies of leadership, management and managerial finance along with responsibilities in their duties, scope of work and subordinates. In addition to working in the food industry, you can apply the knowledge from this course to your own business in the future.

Institutions that offer this course are Le Gordon Bleu, Academia, ANIBT, William Angliss, Acknowledge Education, SSBT, MIA, Canterbury Technical Institute and QAT.

Conditions of entry

You will need to show an English proficiency with an IELTS test, with the overall score being 5.5 and no band (listening, speaking, reading and writing) less than 5.0. However, if you cannot reach the score or want to take a shortcut without having to take the IELTS exam, you can enrol in a language course with a partner institution and take an approved English language pathway program.

Work during study

During your academic studies you can legally work part-time for 40 hours per fortnight (2 weeks).

To support the supply of certain services during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Home Affairs and Australian Border Force will take a flexible approach to student visa holders, including those working beyond their usual work limitations, but only in the sectors below.

Post-graduate opportunity Temporary Graduation Visa – Subclass 485 (Graduate Work Visa)

This visa is one of the most popular visas for international students who come to study and want to gain experience working abroad after 2 years of study. This visa allows you to work full-time for an additional 1.5 years with the following requirements:

  • Cookery and Hospitality Qualification (2 years duration)

  • Achieved 360 hours of placement as a chef or chef (including in the course)

  • Have an IELTS result with an overall band of 6.0 with no band less than 5.0.

Skills Assessment or a professional license in the chef field

During the Post Graduate Visa of 1.5 years, you can prepare yourself to apply for an Australian Permanent resident Visa. In order to apply for an Australian Permanent Resident Visa through skilled visa (subclass 189, 190 or 491), requires you to provide a full skills assessment over the four following steps:

Step 1 – Provisional Skills Assessment (PSA)

  • Have a qualification directly related to your nominated occupation that was awarded by a Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) registered training organisation as a result of studies in Australia
  • Have completed a minimum 360 hours of employment and/or a vocational placement. The employment/ vocational placement must have been:
    • Directly related to your qualification and occupation
    • In an Australian workplace
    • Completed within the three years immediately prior to submitting your JRP application

Step 2 – Job Ready Employment (JRE)

  • This step requires you to complete at least 1725 hours of paid employment over a minimum of 12 months from your JRE start date.
  • You are also required to find suitable employment that is approved by Trades Recognition Australia
  • Have completed a Skills Progress Report (self-assessment record of the skills and activities you have undertaken in your workplace as you develop your skills in your occupation) six months after your JRE start date or when you are deemed eligible for step 3: Job Ready Workplace Assessment (JRWA).

Step 3 – Job Ready Workplace Assessment (JRWA)

  • You must provide evidence of paid employment in your occupation for at least 863 hours over a minimum 6 months from your JRE start date

  • Provide acceptable Skills Progress Report (SPR), Employment Verification Report (EVR) and any other required evidence confirming you are performing the expected tasks and duties to a suitable standard for your occupation.

  • Have your employer sign your EVR and confirm they agree to the assessment being conducted at your workplace

Step 4 – Job Ready Final Assessment (JRFA)

  • A successful Job Ready Workplace Assessment (JRWA) outcome

  • Have completed the employment requirements of Job Ready Employment (JRE) by providing evidence of paid employment in your occupation for at least 1725 hours over a minimum of 12 months from your JRE start date.

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