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Hospitality Specialist - Front of House

Apprenticeship and traineeship details

Please refer to the Declaration Policy for the requirements relating to apprenticeships and traineeships.


Job summary:
Participants undertaking this apprenticeship must be employed in a Front of House role within organisations such as restaurants.

This apprenticeship reflects the role of the role of individuals who have a range of well-developed front of house food and beverage service and sales skills combined with sound product knowledge. Using discretion and judgement, they work with some independence and under limited supervision using plans, policies and procedures to guide work activities.

This specialist qualification provides a pathway to work in various front of house roles in restaurants and cafés.

Possible job titles include:

  • senior bar attendant

  • sommelier

  • waiter.

  • Australian Standard Classification of Occupations:


    Available Contract Modes:
    • Full-time
    • The lodgment of a second training contract where one of the training contracts is full-time will be reviewed by the Department to determine if each of the parties to each training contract can meet their obligations. There must be a clear separation between the training and employment requirements for each training contract and must not be replicated through the one occupation only.

    • Part-time
    • Minimum of 15 hours per week over each 4 week period throughout duration of apprenticeship/traineeship.

    • Casual NOT PERMITTED in Queensland
    • School-based
    • School-based arrangements are NOT approved for this apprenticeship.

    Apprentices/trainees with a disability are entitled to work less than 15 hours per week when averaged over a 4 week cycle. They must be a holder of a disability pension and Pension concession card to be approved.

    Other requirements for school-based:

    Apprenticeship Probation/Duration Details:
    All apprenticeships have a nominal term - this is the timeframe that is on the Apprenticeship training contract. Some apprenticeships also have an Expected Duration. The Expected Duration is the amount of time that it's reasonably expected someone could become competent and complete their Apprenticeship. Apprentice's Training Plans are developed using the Expected Duration timeframe rather than the contract's nominal term.

    Mode Start Date End Date Probation Period (days) Nominal Term (months) Expected Duration (months)
    Full-time 01/08/2016 60 24 24

    Minimum education standard:

    Minimum entry age:

    Entry Requirements:
    Applicants must be eligible to acquire a Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) license.

    As a general rule, only Australian citizens and New Zealand citizens who have entered Australia on a valid passport have unrestricted rights to employment in Australia.

    Visa holders may engage in apprenticeships or traineeships provided their work rights allows this, based on information and advice provided by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

    Supervision requirements
    Please refer to the Declaration policy, table 16 for the requirements on supervision.

    Modified supervision arrangements available: NO

    Employers are required to provide, or arrange to provide the facilities, range of work, supervision and training as detailed in the training plan.

    Qualified person for apprenticeships
    1. A person who has satisfactorily completed an apprenticeship in the apprentice's calling, and is the holder of a completion certificate issued under an Act, or
    2. A person who holds a certificate of recognition issued under an Act, certifying the person has the necessary skills and knowledge in the calling, or
    3. A tradesperson in the apprentice's calling, as defined under a specific industrial instrument, or
    4. A person who holds a tradesperson’s certificate or certificate of recognition as a recognised tradesperson issued under the Tradespersons’ Rights Regulation Act 1946 in the apprenticeship calling, or
    5. A person who holds a relevant qualification in the apprenticeship calling, or
    6. A person individually, or persons collectively, who has/have documented competence (i.e. a testamur/qualification and associated record of results or a statement of attainment as recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework, achieved through an RPL or training pathway) in all the competencies the employer is required to provide training for under the apprentice's training plan.
    And, where a licence to practice the calling is required, the qualified person holds a current licence.

    Adequate supervision of apprentices and trainees cannot solely be provided from an offsite location by electronic means. Electronic means include, but are not limited to, telephones, radios and webcams.

    The level of supervision will normally range between direct, general and broad as per the below guidelines:
    - Direct - Close monitoring of work ensuring understanding and identifying potential risks and/or hazards
    - General - Occasional monitoring to ensure progress is occurring
    - Broad - Quality checking of completed tasks.

    Licensing requirements - NIL


    Qld declaration date:

    Implementation date:

    Qualification details

    Certificate III in Hospitality (Restaurant Front of House)

    Qualification code:

    Qualification content:
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    Training package:
    SIT - Tourism, Travel and Hospitality Training Package - SIT


    Queensland User Choice program funding details

    The Queensland User Choice program funds preferred suppliers (RTOs) for the provision of services to eligible apprentices and trainees.
    For more information, please visit User Choice in Queensland.

    Funded under the User Choice Program:

    Full Price - Priority Population Groups:

    Queensland Government Contribution - All Other Students including SATs:

    Number of funded units of competency:


    Funding restrictions:

    • Existing Workers with an active registration number commencement date from 1 January 2017 are eligible for funding under the User Choice program for Priority 1, 2 and 3 qualifications
    • Full Price is only applicable to priority population groups
    • Queensland Government Contribution is applicable to all other students
    • Queensland Government Contribution may be the same as Full Price, depending on qualification priority and thin market status

    Funding not available for new commencements from:

    User Choice Training Catalogue Item:

    DELTA Qualification ID:

    Industry training group:
    Hospitality - General

    Industrial relations details

    Since 1 January 2010, all private sector employers and employees in Queensland, including apprentices and trainees, have their wages and conditions of employment covered by the Fair Work Act 2009 and modern awards. This legislation is administered by the Commonwealth Government Fair Work Ombudsman's office.

    Apprentices and trainees are considered employees and may receive entitlements the same as other employees such as: annual leave, sick leave, public holidays, superannuation, workers compensation and allowances. Apprentices and trainees must also receive a pay slip to cover full details of the pay for each pay period. Pay slips have to be given to an employee (including apprentices and trainees) within 1 working day of pay day and be either in electronic form or paper hard copy.

    Parties should make enquiries with the Fair Work Ombudsman on Ph: 13 13 94 or at to determine the correct industrial instrument and entitlements.

    When employment is ceasing the employer or the employee (apprentice/trainee) must provide the appropriate notice periods as per the relevant award or registered workplace agreement. A notice period is the length of time that an employer or employee (apprentice/trainee) has to give to end employment. Additional information about notice periods can be found at:

    Unfair dismissal is when an employee (apprentice/trainee) is dismissed from their job in a harsh, unjust or unreasonable manner. Additional information about unfair dismissal can be found at:

    Public sector and local government workers in Queensland remain under the state industrial relations system. Additional information about wages and conditions of employment for employees (apprentices/trainees employed by state or local government) can be found at: