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Certificate IV in Patisserie

Course Code SIT40721


  • Full Time
  • 1 year
  • On Campus
  • Glen Waverley

This course is not available for International Students


The Certificate IV in Patisserie provides the skills and knowledge for you to become a qualified chef specialising in patisserie. In this non-apprenticeship course, you’ll receive specialist training in chocolate, desserts, gateaux, torten and cakes, pastries and petit fours and buffet show pieces, together with gaining a thorough understanding of food safety and special dietary requirements.

Career Opportunities

  • Chef de Partie
  • Chef Patisserie
  • Sous chef

Pathway to further studies

  • SIT40521 Certificate IV in Kitchen Management
  • SIT50422 Diploma of Hospitality Management.

Studying the Certificate IV in Patisserie at Holmesglen

Along with the focus on pâtissier skills, key studies in leadership, supervision, food safety and kitchen management will provide the skills and knowledge to take on a team leading or supervisory role. <p>The course is taught through a blend classroom and practical training in Holmesglen's modern commercial kitchens. Our highly trained and experienced teaching staff will allow you to build specialist patisserie skills to step straight into this fast paced, exciting industry. <p>On completing the course, graduates will be well-positioned to find employment at all levels across a wide range of enterprises where patisserie products are prepared and served, including patisseries, cake decorating venues, bakeries, cake and pastry production businesses, restaurants, hotels, cafes, and coffee shops. <p>This qualification could also lead you to establish your own patisserie business where you can produce your own sweet creations. <p>Holmesglen will also be delivering CV writing and interview workshops to the students to assist with the transition into employment.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible, students must be at least 16 years of age.<p>Learners will be required to complete 2 weeks of practical placement in a restaurant/café that is approved by the HCB Teaching Staff. During this 2-week period, learners will complete 20 hours per week of services totaling 40 hours. Learners will be informed of the Practical Placement component of this course during their PTR interview.
Prior to enrolment or commencement of training you will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment and a pre-training interview. These will assist with determining your suitability to the course, verify your training plan, and identify any learning support needs.

Recognition of prior learning

You may be able to reduce the number of units to be studied in your chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by another registered training organisation will be recognised by Holmesglen. Read more about Recognition of Prior Learning, Credits and Advanced Standing.

Course Structure


SIT40721 is structured with a total of 32 units, comprising 26 core units and 6 elective units. The course is conducted over two semesters, each lasting 18 weeks. Classes are scheduled approximately 4.5 days per week, with around 6 hours per day of face-to-face instruction on campus.<p>The elective units have been carefully selected based on industry input and adhere to the qualification's packaging rules.
Unit code Unit name
SITXFSA005 Use hygienic practices for food safety
SITHCCC023 Use food preparation equipment
SITHCCC027 Prepare dishes using basic methods of cookery
SITXINV006 Receive, store and maintain stock
SITXFSA006 Participate in safe food handling practices
SITHPAT013 Produce pastries
SITHPAT014 Produce yeast-based bakery products
SITHPAT015 Produce petits fours
SITHPAT011 Produce cakes
SITHPAT012 Produce specialised cakes
SITHCCC034 Work effectively in a commercial kitchen
SITHPAT016 Produce desserts
SITHCCC042 Prepare food to meet special dietary requirements
SITXHRM007 Coach others in job skills
SITHKOP013 Plan cooking operations
BSBTWK501 Lead diversity and inclusion
SITXCOM010 Manage conflict
SITXHRM009 Lead and manage people
SITXMGT004 Monitor work operations
SITXFIN009 Manage finances within a budget
SITHPAT018 Produce chocolate confectionery
SITXHRM008 Roster staff
SITHPAT019 Model sugar-based decorations
SITHPAT017 Prepare and model marzipan
SITHPAT020 Design and produce sweet showpieces
SITXWHS007 Implement and monitor work health and safety practices
Unit code Unit name
SITHFAB025 Prepare and serve espresso coffee
SITHCCC038 Produce and serve food for buffets
HLTAID011 Provide First Aid
SITHKOP010 Plan and cost recipes
SITXFSA008 Develop and implement a food safety program
SITXCCS015 Enhance customer service experiences


Assessments are designed to provide learners with opportunities to demonstrate they have attained the required skills and knowledge using a range of practically based activities and tasks, as required by recognised standards.

How to apply


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Qualification and Recognition

On completion of this course, you will receive the SIT40721 Certificate IV in Patisserie.

Industry Connections


Tuition fees GST exempt Cost
Full Fee $17,936
Government subsidised $4,533
Concession $907
Mandatory materials Cost
Materials fee $1,000
Activities fee $110

Additional Course Cost

Cooks Uniform $205 <br>Toolkit (from) $455 <br>Footwear (from) $60.00 <br>Paddock to plate Excursion (optional) $300

All fees are indicative only. Your fees will be calculated on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth funding. <a href="/study-with-us/tafe-study/tafe-fees-and-scholarships/government-subsidised-training">Find out now if you are eligible for Government-subsidised fees or Concession. </a>


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