Diploma in
Hospitality Management

The Diploma in Hospitality Management is a comprehensive program designed to equip individuals with the skills needed to excel in the hospitality industry. Students learn about hospitality operations, customer service, event management, and business principles.

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  • Melbourne
  • Adelaide
  • Sydney

Next intake:

  • 22-July-2024
  • 07-Oct-2024


  • 88 Weeks (Course Breaks Included)


  • $16,219
Am I a Domestic or International Student?
You are considered a 'domestic' student for application purposes if: You are an Australian citizen; You are a New Zealand citizen (or dual citizenship holders of either Australia or New Zealand); You are an Australian permanent resident; You are an Australian permanent humanitarian visa holder. *If you don't hold one of the above visas or citizenships, you will apply as an international student.
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Diploma of Hospitality Management

The Diploma of Hospitality Management provides a comprehensive overview of the hospitality industry, covering areas like operations, customer service, event management, and marketing. Students gain essential skills in communication, problem-solving, and leadership. With practical training and industry placements, graduates are prepared for managerial roles in hotels, restaurants, and resorts, making them valuable assets in the dynamic world of hospitality.

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Course Overview

The Diploma of Hospitality Management offers a comprehensive and in-depth study of the hospitality industry, providing students with the essential knowledge and skills needed to excel in this dynamic field. The course covers a wide range of topics, including hospitality operations, customer service, event management, marketing, and financial management tailored specifically to the hospitality sector.

Throughout the program, students are immersed in practical learning experiences that equip them with industry-relevant expertise. They develop strong communication, problem-solving, and leadership abilities while gaining hands-on training in areas such as food and beverage management, housekeeping, front office operations, and the implementation of technology in the hospitality setting.

The diploma also emphasizes the importance of industry exposure, often incorporating internships or work placements, enabling students to apply their knowledge in real-world hospitality environments. Upon completion of the Diploma of Hospitality Management, graduates are well-prepared to pursue a variety of exciting career opportunities in hotels, restaurants, resorts, and other hospitality establishments, making a positive impact on guest experiences and contributing to the success of the industry.

The Diploma of Hospitality Management qualification reflects the role of highly skilled senior operators who use a broad range of hospitality skills combined with managerial skills and sound knowledge of industry to coordinate hospitality operations. Upon completing the qualification, they will be able to operate independently, have responsibility for others and make a range of operational business decisions.

Students will be able to choose either the Cookery pathway or Patisserie pathway to complete the course at VIT. Sydney Campus and Adelaide Campus offer only the cookery pathways.

Course Name : SIT50422 - Diploma of Hospitality Management
CRICOS Code : 112513K
Duration : 88 weeks
Intake : Refer to Intake Dates
Work placement : Cookery pathway students must complete minimum of 48 sessions (144 hours) of work placement and Patisserie pathway students must complete minimum of 12 Sessions (36 hours) of work placement in an operational commercial kitchen during their studies. Students will be given an option to select their own workplace providing the workplace meets the Institute requirements. The Institute will arrange the workplace for all other students to complete their WBT.
Entry Requirements :
  • Minimum 18 years of age at the time of commencement
  • Successful completion of Australian Equivalent Year 10 qualification or higher
  • Minimum IELTS score of 5.5 or PTE score of 42 or its equivalent.
In addition,
  • Must be able to handle and cook dairy products and non-vegetarian food items including beef and pork.
  • Should have basic computer and MS Office skills (Word, Excel and Power Point)
Target Group : International students over the age of 18 who wish to enter the hospitality industry as departmental or small business manager.
Delivery : Training is based on face-to-face classroom delivery including interactive classroom teaching, practical activities, and tutorials together with a work placement (Work Based Training or WBT). Practical activities are conducted in the commercial Training Kitchen. Classes will be scheduled for minimum of 20 contact hours per week.
Delivery Mode
  • For Domestic students: face-face classroom-based and/or workplace training
  • For international students: face-face classroom based.
Course Requirement
  • Completion of senior high school to the Australian Year 12 or equivalent
  • Mature age students can also enter based on an interview with VIT staff

Minimum Age Requirement

18 years or older at commencement of course.

Minimum English Language Requirement

  • Cert III in EAL / Academic IELTS band score of 5.5 or equivalent
  • Satisfactorily completed ELICOS at to at least Upper Intermediate level
  • Completed equivalent of Australian Year 11 qualification from any of the English speaking countries such as Australia, UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, or the Republic of Ireland
  • Completion of any Australian AQF Certificate III or higher qualification
  • Satisfactorily completion of at least one semester of study in Australia in a tertiary course (satisfactorily for this purpose would mean that the applicant has completed 50% or more of the semester load)
  • Completed a Placement Test devised and administered by VIT or a nominated accredited agency

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Level 2, 112 Rundle Mall, South Australia 5000

14 Adam Street, Hindmarsh, South Australia 5007

Course Structure

The Diploma of Hospitality Management offers a comprehensive and well-rounded course structure. Core units encompass essential aspects of the hospitality industry, from hospitality operations and customer service to event management and financial planning. Students also have the flexibility to choose elective units, focusing on specialised areas like food and beverage management or sustainable practices. Practical training forms a vital part of the program, providing hands-on experience in real hospitality settings.

Enhance customer service experiences

Develop and manage quality customer service practices

Manage conflict

Manage finances within a budget

Prepare and monitor budgets

Identify and manage legal risks and comply with law

Roster staff

Lead and manage people

Monitor work operations

Establish and conduct business relationships

Implement and monitor work health and safety practices

Elective Units

Option-1: Cookery Pathway

Use food preparation equipment

Prepare dishes using basic methods of cookery

Prepare appetisers and salads

Prepare stocks, sauces and soups

Prepare vegetable, fruit, eggs and farinaceous dishes

Prepare vegetarian and vegan dishes

Prepare poultry dishes

Prepare meat dishes

Prepare seafood dishes

Produce cakes, pastries and breads

Prepare food to meet special dietary requirements

Plan cooking operations

Use hygienic practices for food safety

Participate in safe food handling practices

Recruit, select and induct staff

Receive, store and maintain stock

Identify hazards, assess and control safety risks

Elective Units

Option-2: Patisserie Pathway

(offered at Melbourne campus only)

Use food preparation equipment

Prepare dishes using basic methods of cookery

Prepare food to meet special dietary requirements

Plan cooking operations

Produce cakes

Produce specialised cakes

Produce pastries

Produce yeast-based bakery products

Produce petits fours

Prepare and model marzipan

Produce chocolate confectionery

Model sugar-based decorations

Use hygienic practices for food safety

Participate in safe food handling practices

Recruit, select and induct staff

Receive, store and maintain stock

Identify hazards, assess and control safety risks

Employment Pathway

This qualification provides a pathway to work in any sector of the hospitality industry as a departmental or small business manager.

Possible job titles include:

  • banquet or function manager
  • bar manager
  • café manager
  • chef de cuisine
  • chef patissier
  • club manager
  • front office manager
  • kitchen manager
  • restaurant manager
  • sous chef
  • unit manager catering operations.

Training Pathways

After achieving SIT50416 Diploma of Hospitality Management, individuals could progress to SIT60316 Advanced Diploma of Hospitality Management or higher education qualifications in management.

Assessment Methods

Assessment will usually commence in the session following delivery. Students will be required to perform in a range of assessment tasks including and not limited to; Written Questions, Project, Case Studies, Assignment, Practical demonstration / Observation, Role plays and third-party reports.

Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer

For information regarding your eligibility for Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer, please email [email protected]

Recommended Pathways

Pathways into the qualification
Individuals may enter Diploma of Hospitality Management qualification with limited or no vocational experience and without a lower-level qualification. However, it is strongly recommended that individuals undertake lower-level qualifications, and/or gain industry experience within the hospitality industry before starting the course.

Pathways from the qualification
After achieving Diploma of Hospitality Management qualification, individuals could progress to Advanced Diploma of Hospitality Management, or other Advanced Diploma qualifications within the Hospitality training package.

Employment pathways from the Qualification
This qualification provides a pathway to work in any hospitality industry sector as a departmental or small business manager. The diversity of employers includes restaurants, hotels, motels, catering operations, clubs, pubs, cafés, and coffee shops. This qualification allows for multiskilling and for acquiring targeted skills in cookery or Patisserie.
Possible job title includes:

  • chef de cuisine
  • kitchen manager
  • restaurant manager
  • sous chef

Course Credit

Course Credit is the value assigned for the recognition of equivalence in content and learning outcomes between different types of learning and/or qualifications. Course Credit reduces the amount of learning required to achieve a qualification and may be through Credit Transfer (CT) and/or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
Students may apply for RPL or Credit transfers for any unit in which they can successfully demonstrate competency.


Your Diploma of Hospitality Management career outlook

The Diploma of Hospitality Management offers a promising and diverse career outlook for graduates in the thriving hospitality industry. With a comprehensive curriculum covering essential aspects of hospitality operations, customer service, event management, and financial planning, students are well-prepared to pursue various managerial roles in hotels, restaurants, resorts, and more.

Graduates have the opportunity to excel as hotel managers, restaurant managers, event coordinators, and food and beverage supervisors, contributing to the success of their establishments and ensuring exceptional guest experiences.The practical training component of the diploma, including industry placements, allows graduates to gain valuable hands-on experience in real hospitality settings. This exposure not only enhances their employability but also provides valuable networking opportunities within the industry.

Furthermore, the option to specialise in areas like food and beverage management or sustainable practices equips graduates with sought-after expertise, making them valuable assets to employers in a competitive job market. As the hospitality sector continues to expand and evolve, the demand for skilled professionals with a Diploma of Hospitality Management is expected to remain strong, providing graduates with a bright and rewarding career outlook in the dynamic world of hospitality management.

Hotel Manager

Graduates with a Diploma of Hospitality Management can pursue a career as a hotel manager. In this role, they oversee the overall operations of hotels, ensuring smooth functioning of departments such as front desk, housekeeping, food and beverage, and customer service. They are responsible for maintaining high standards of guest satisfaction, managing staff, and maximizing profitability.

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Restaurant Manager

With their expertise in hospitality operations and customer service, graduates can work as restaurant managers. They take charge of restaurant operations, managing staff, overseeing food and beverage service, handling customer inquiries, and ensuring a delightful dining experience for guests.

Event Coordinator

The diploma equips graduates with event management skills, making them suitable candidates for roles as event coordinators. In this capacity, they organize and execute various events, conferences, weddings, and functions within hospitality establishments or event management companies, ensuring seamless planning and delivery of successful events.

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