The Registered Trade Skills Pathway program (RTSP) is a non-traditional apprenticeship model that has been designed to offer casual cooks currently working in industry the opportunity to gain the professional trade qualification, SIT30816 Certificate III in Commercial Cookery.

Since 2014, the Queensland Government have provided $1.4 million in support of the RTSP, which has seen more than 270 individuals successfully participate in the Program. 

The RTSP is an initiative of the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training.


Participant Eligibility

Eligible Participants include:

  • Australian Citizen living in Queensland
  • Permanent resident of Australia living in Queensland
  • Refugee or humanitarian visa holders living in Queensland
  • Individual aged 21 years or over who due to the nature of their work arrangements are not able, or find it difficult, to access the mainstream apprenticeship system, and are registered with the Department for the RTSP Hospitality program

Participant Benefits

  • Acknowledges and develops employees’ current skills
  • Allows the employee to have more than one employer
  • Allows the employee to continue training if they become unemployed or are volunteering for a short period of time
  • Allows the employee to continue training if they change employment (must be within same job type)
  • Allows the employee to continue training if they relocate anywhere within the state of Queensland
  • Employees current employment conditions, contract should not be impacted

Employer Benefits

  • Does not impact on employees working conditions or contract
  • Provides growth opportunity for employee which will enhance organisational outcomes in the long term such as:
    • Increase employee productivity
    • Increase quality and of products
    • Increase employee job satisfaction
    • Increase employee retention rate
    • Identification of innovative opportunities

All participants that successfully complete the Certificate III in Commercial Cookery will be provided a nationally recognised qualification and the Registered Training Organisation along with a Certificate of Achievement from the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training.


Participant Incentive

Students who successfully complete the qualification in full will receive $1,100!

We have engaged the following Registered Training Organisations to deliver the training and assessment on our behalf:

  • Institute of Culinary Excellence
  • Australian Skills Management Institute

Register today to express your interest in joining the RTSP program.


Program delivery partners include


This initiative is proudly funded and supported by the Queensland Government through its Registered Trade Skills Pathway Program.

For more information about Skilling Queensland for Work, please contact our Workforce Development team on 07 3236 1445 or