Unit of competency details

SITHCCC013A - Prepare hot and cold desserts (Release 1)


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The Deleted usage recommendation was implemented on 13 June 2017 to describe training components that have no replacement. Enrolments in training components and statements of attainment or qualifications issued before 13 June 2017 are valid. For any components marked as deleted after 13 June 2017, the applicable transition/teach-out periods apply. For specific questions regarding the enrolment, delivery or issuance of a statement of attainment/qualification, please contact your training regulator.
DeletedDeleted from SIT07 Tourism, Hospitality and Events Training Package17/Jan/2013
Supersedes and is equivalent to THHBCC08B - Prepare hot and cold desserts31/Dec/2010

ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 01/Jan/2011

Qualifications that include this unit

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SIT40407 - Certificate IV in Hospitality (Commercial Cookery)Certificate IV in Hospitality (Commercial Cookery)Superseded
SIT40607 - Certificate IV in Hospitality (Catering Operations)Certificate IV in Hospitality (Catering Operations)Superseded
SIT30807 - Certificate III in Hospitality (Commercial Cookery)Certificate III in Hospitality (Commercial Cookery)Superseded
SIT31107 - Certificate III in Hospitality (Patisserie)Certificate III in Hospitality (Patisserie)Superseded
SIT31007 - Certificate III in Hospitality (Catering Operations)Certificate III in Hospitality (Catering Operations)Superseded
SIT60307 - Advanced Diploma of HospitalityAdvanced Diploma of HospitalitySuperseded
SIT50307 - Diploma of HospitalityDiploma of HospitalitySuperseded
SIT40707 - Certificate IV in Hospitality (Patisserie)Certificate IV in Hospitality (Patisserie)Superseded
SIT20307 - Certificate II in Hospitality (Kitchen Operations)Certificate II in Hospitality (Kitchen Operations)Superseded
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 110109 Cookery 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 110109 Cookery 14/Dec/2009 
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Modification History

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Unit Descriptor

Unit descriptor 

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to prepare a range of hot, cold and frozen desserts in a commercial kitchen or catering operation.

Desserts may include foods from varying cultural origins, and may be derived from classical or contemporary recipes.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.

Application of the Unit

Application of the unit 

This unit applies to all establishments where desserts are prepared and served, including restaurants, coffee shops and catering operations. It applies to cooks who usually work as part of a team and under supervision.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.


Prerequisite units 

This unit must be assessed after the following prerequisite units:

SITHCCC002A Present food

SITHCCC005A Use basic methods of cookery

SITXOHS002A Follow workplace hygiene procedures.

Employability Skills Information

Employability skills 

The required outcomes described in this unit of competency contain applicable facets of employability skills. The Employability Skills Summary of the qualification in which this unit is packaged will assist in identifying employability skills requirements.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.

Performance criteria describe the required performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised  text is used, further information is detailed in the required skills and knowledge and/or the range statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.

Elements and Performance Criteria




Prepare and produce desserts and sweets.


Select, measure and weigh ingredients according to recipe requirements.


Select and use appropriate equipment .


Use standard or enterprise recipes to produce a variety of hot, cold and frozen desserts and sweets  appropriate for a variety of menus and catering establishments.


Produce creative and innovative desserts and sweets using a range of appropriate ingredients.


Decorate, portion and present desserts and sweets.


Decorate desserts and sweets appropriately to enhance presentation.


Portion desserts and sweets according to enterprise standards.


Prepare sweet sauces.


Produce a range of hot and cold sauces  to a desired consistency and flavour.


Use thickening agents  suitable for sweet sauces where appropriate.


Store sauces to retain desired quality and characteristics.


Prepare accompaniments, garnishes and decorations.


Use accompaniments, garnishes and decorations to enhance taste, texture and balance.


Ensure that flavours and textures of garnishes complement desserts.


Store desserts and sweets.


Store desserts and sweets at the appropriate temperature and under the correct conditions to maintain quality, freshness and customer appeal.


Select and use suitable packaging to preserve taste, appearance and eating characteristics.

Required Skills and Knowledge


This section describes the essential skills and knowledge and their level, required for this unit.

The following skills must be assessed as part of this unit:

  • logical and time-efficient work flow
  • organisational skills and teamwork
  • waste minimisation techniques and environmental considerations in relation to desserts
  • safe work practices in relation to handling hot and frozen products and equipment
  • problem-solving skills to deal with shortages of equipment
  • literacy skills to read menus, recipes and task sheets
  • numeracy skills to calculate portions, and weigh and measure quantities of ingredients.

The following knowledge must be assessed as part of this unit:

  • details and characteristics of different types of desserts and sweets
  • varieties of suitable ingredients for desserts and sweets
  • culinary terms commonly used in the industry related to desserts and sweets
  • principles and practices of hygiene, particularly in relation to handling and storing dairy products and the safe management of shelf life
  • past and current trends in desserts and sweets
  • nutrition related to desserts and sweets, including food values of common desserts and low-fat or low-kilojoule alternatives and substituted ingredients
  • storage of sweets, desserts and dessert ingredients, particularly dairy products
  • costing, yield testing and portion control for desserts.

Evidence Guide


The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, the range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for this Training Package.

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency 

Evidence of the following is essential:

  • ability to prepare a variety of different types of desserts and sweets to enterprise standards
  • preparation of dishes for customers within typical workplace time constraints
  • ability to present desserts and sweets attractively and decoratively
  • knowledge of dessert options and ingredients.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Assessment must ensure:

  • use of a wide range of suitable ingredients for making a variety of desserts and sweets
  • demonstration of skills within a fully equipped operational commercial kitchen, including industry-current equipment, as defined in the Assessment Guidelines
  • access to specific equipment for the preparation of desserts, including commercial or domestic ice-cream machine, templates, portion control markers and scoops, moulds, darioles and ramekins
  • industry-realistic ratios of kitchen staff to customers.

Methods of assessment 

A range of assessment methods should be used to assess practical skills and knowledge. The following examples are appropriate for this unit:

  • direct observation of the candidate making and presenting desserts
  • sampling of desserts made by the candidate
  • written or oral questions to test knowledge of culinary terms related to desserts and sweets
  • review of portfolios of evidence and third-party workplace reports of on-the-job performance by the candidate.

Holistic assessment with other units relevant to the industry sector, workplace and job role is recommended.

Assessing employability skills 

Employability skills are integral to effective performance in the workplace and are broadly consistent across industry sectors. How these skills are applied varies between occupations and qualifications due to the different work functions and contexts.

Employability skills embedded in this unit should be assessed holistically with other relevant units that make up the skill set or qualification and in the context of the job role.

Range Statement


The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording in the performance criteria is detailed below.

Equipment  for making desserts and sweets may include:

  • mixers
  • blenders
  • ice-cream machines
  • ice makers
  • juicers or vitamisers.

Desserts and sweets  may include:

  • puddings, pies, tarts, flans and fritters
  • custards and creams
  • prepared fruit
  • charlotte, bavarois, mousse, soufflé and sabayon
  • meringues, crepes and omelettes
  • sorbet, ice-cream, bombe and parfait.

Sauces  may include:

  • sugar syrups
  • fruit syrups
  • fruit purées, sauces and coulis
  • chocolate-based sauces
  • sabayon and zabaglione
  • custards and cremes
  • flavoured butters and creams.

Suitable thickening agents  for sweet sauces may include:

  • roux
  • flour
  • cornflour, arrowroot and potato starch
  • modified starch
  • breadcrumbs
  • eggs and egg yolks.

Unit Sector(s)



Competency field

Competency field 

Commercial Cookery and Catering