Study Retail Baking

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Baker (351111)
Pastrycook (351112)

Both above occupations are currently on Short Term Skilled Occupational List (STSOL)

Industry Overview

Environments for the Cooking sector range from fine dining restaurants and clubs to catering to mining sites and other mass operations. Employment levels in the Accommodation and Food Industry was at 914,100 in 2018 and is projected to grow further by 2023. This growth has largely been in the Cafes, Restaurants and Takeaway Food Services sector, which by 2023 will have almost doubled since 2000.

In May 2018, there were approximately 377,000 people employed in Cookery occupations. Combined, these occupations make up 33% of the Accommodation and Food and Beverage Services industries. Within Cafes and Restaurants, the highest proportion of people were employed as Waiters and Chefs (about 25%). Employment in this occupation is projected to grow by around 16% by 2023. (National Industry Insights, 2020)


Average weekly earnings:  $996 per week

Mode of work: Most work full-time (72%)

Hours per week: full-time workers spend around 44 hours/ week at work.

Age: the average age is 35 years.

Gender: 32% workers are female


Qualification Needed

Workers usually need a certificate III or IV in retail baking or patisserie. These courses are often completed as part of an apprenticeship.

Course Overview

Studies in retail baking will teach you how to produce laminated pastry products, produce bread products, produce biscuit and cake products and schedule bakery production.

Course Requirements

Most institutions require completion of Australian Year 11 or 12 (or equivalent), as well as a minimum IELTS score of 5.5 with no band score less than 5.


A 2-year packaged trade course costs between $13,000 and $19,500 per year, depending on the institution.

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