How to become a Chef

Chefs plan and organise the preparation and cooking of food in a number of settings.

Personal requirements of a Chef

  • High level of personal cleanliness
  • Enjoy cooking
  • Able to organise efficient work schedules
  • Good interpersonal, communication and customer service skills
  • Able to work as a leader and as part of a team
  • Punctuality
  • Able to work under pressure and stay calm in difficult situations

Education & Training for a Chef

To become a chef you usually have to complete an apprenticeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers usually require Year 10.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

very strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 1.1%

NSW 30.4%

NT 1.4%

QLD 16.7%

SA 5.2%

TAS 2.8%

VIC 27.3%

WA 15.2%

Hours worked:




Gender split:

Male 75%

Female 25%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 2.1%

Not completed Year 12: 9.3%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 11.5%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 48.4%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 15.8%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 12.9%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 52.7%

Above 35 years: 47.2%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

Additional Information
Although both chefs and cooks complete an apprenticeship at certificate III level initially, chefs are generally required to gain further skills at certificate IV level and above.
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