Cooks Trade Recognition

Cooks Trade Recognition application process has changed effective July 2021.  Please provide your contact details via email and we will advise as soon as the new process is open.  

There are only 2 ways to become Trade qualified in this State.  One is through successful completion of an Apprenticeship and the other is through our Trade Recognition process.

To gain your trade qualification and receive a  “Certificate of Recognition as a Cook”  you will need to submit an application to the Cooks Trade Recognition Committee to enable them to assess your skills and experience. Once approved by the Committee your Certificate of Recognition is issued by the State Training Authority, the Training and Skills Commission (TSC).

To apply you must meet one of the following categories:-

  • Minimum of 6 years experience as a cook with no formal qualifications (working at least 20 hours per week)


  • Hold a Certificate III in Hospitality (Commercial Cookery) plus 2 years post certificate experience as a cook (working at least 20 hours per week)


  • Cooks trained by and employed in the Royal Australian Army/Navy & Air Force who have successfully completed the Cooks Grade One Course and who have then completed six years employment in the trade of Army Cook.


  • Hold an overseas qualification as a cook

Should you wish to register or have any queries in relation to Cooks Trade Recognition please contact us.


The Cooks Trade Recognition process is explained in the brochure available to download here.

Cooks Trade Recognition Brochure

Information includes:

  • Application criteria
  • Task checklist
  • Application procedure
  • Contact details

Application forms are available by contacting Food & Beverage Development Fund office on (08) 83629066 or can be downloaded here:


1. Contact Food & Beverage Development Fund for Application Forms or download above.

2. Applications normally close 30th March and 30th September. Submit your detailed unbound application, noting your application must include the following:

  • Completed Criteria for Recognition & Application Forms
  • Copy of Photo ID - drivers licence or passport
  • Resume - current including duties and tasks performed
  • Copies of relevant certificates - i.e. Certificate III Commercial Cookery
  • Evidence - written references on letterhead, group certificates/payment summaries
  • Application fee of $800 will be invoiced when application and evidence have been reviewed.  Payment must be made via internet transfer before application can proceed. * Fee is subject to change

3. If required complete a practical skills assessment arranged by Food & Beverage Development Fund.

4. Attend a mentor session arranged by Food & Beverage Development Fund.

5. If required attend an interview with the Cooks Trade Recognition Assessment Panel. Date and time will be set after your application has been received.

6. If application is successful we will apply to the Training and Skills Commission for your Certificate of Recognition.

7. If application is unsuccessful, we will recommend the appropriate action to gain further experience or training to enable you to resubmit at a later date. There will be no additional charge to reapply (within specified time limits).

Applications officially close: June 30. 


** Please note: If sufficient number of applications are received an additional assessment process may be undertaken. **