Course Description

What will you learn?

This nationally recognised hospitality course includes a structured work placement, where you will learn on-the-job skills and have the chance to make industry contacts. The diploma covers everything in hospitality training from hospitality fundamentals to customer service and hospitality operations.

Elective streams

There are also elective streams in this course: Food and Beverage, Front of House and Small Business Management, which allows you to focus your study towards the employment outcome of your choice.


This course involves work placement that currently needs to be undertaken in Australia. More information available in our FAQs

Potential career outcomes

  • Catering Operations Manager
  • Licensed Restaurant Manager
  • Motel Manager
  • Restaurant Manager
  • Small Business Manager
Course number E1023
Qualification name SIT50313 Diploma of Hospitality
Course duration Maximum 24 months
Delivery Method Online with Work Placement
Recognition Nationally Recognised Nationally Recognised Training
Assessments Case studies, Portfolio of evidence, Practical assessments, Presentations, Short-answer questions
Awarded by
  • TAFE NSW North Region (Provider number: 90010)
Training package update SIT50313 Diploma of Hospitality has been superseded by SIT50416 Diploma of Hospitality Management on the 2nd of March, 2016. Open Colleges will transition to the new qualification in the near future.


You will need to have completed Year 12, or equivalent. Equivalency can be demonstrated by one of the following:

  • A qualification at Certificate III level or higher, OR
  • Two years of industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication.

Minimum age

You will need to be at least 18 years old.


This course involves reading learning content and undertaking a range of written assessments and engaging in online forums and discussions. Furthermore, the delivery mode relies on the extensive use of written communication. As such, entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 12 level.

If you haven't successfully completed English at Year 12 level, you can demonstrate equivalency through one of the following:

  • Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate III level or higher; or
  • 3 years relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication

Open Colleges recognises that not all people are able to read, write and perform calculations to the same standard. See the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Considerations section for more information on tools, resources and support services provided to by Open Colleges.


You will need access to a computer and the internet and have basic computing skills. Minimum specifications for your computer are:

All users:

  • Microsoft Office 2010 or equivalent
  • Broadband internet connection
  • 2GB of RAM
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • Adobe Reader XI or equivalent
  • Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher.
  • Access to printer and associated software
  • Access to scanner and associated software
  • Digital imaging software
  • File compression software.

Windows users:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 or higher (Windows 8 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)

Mac OS users:

  • Mac OSX v10.5 or higher (Mac OSX v10.6 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)

Digital equipment

You will need access to:

  • A digital video recording device and/or a digital camera and associated software to save and upload video, image and audio files to OpenSpace. Many mobile phones and smart phones include this technology.
  • Software to view online videos and images. Software such as Adobe Reader, Windows Media Player, Windows Photo Viewer etc. are available as a free download from the internet.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy

Our free online assessment tool can help give you an idea of the language, literacy and numeracy skills needed to study a VET course. This tool can also help you determine your learning level and help you plan your future studies. You can access the Language, Literacy and Numeracy tool here.

Open Colleges may make changes to the course from time to time to reflect changes introduced to the relevant Training Package or other regulatory requirements. Please download the course guide for current information about the course and its status.

Note: Courses offered by Open Colleges on behalf of TAFE NSW North Region may include Units of Competency that are graded by TAFE NSW.

Hospitality Fundamentals

  • Source and use relevant industry information
  • Source and use compliance information in daily activities
  • Source and use information on hospitality technology
  • Update personal and organisational knowledge of the hospitality industry
  • Research information required for legal compliance
  • Develop and communicate policies and procedures for legal compliance
  • Ensure compliance with legal requirements
  • Maintain personal and organisational knowledge of regulatory requirements

Manage Relationships

  • Prepare for service.
  • Provide service.
  • Complete operational tasks.
  • Complete end of shift duties.
  • Monitor and improve workplace operations
  • Plan and organise workflow
  • Monitor and support team members
  • Solve problems and make decisions
  • Build business relationships
  • Conduct negotiations
  • Make formal business agreements
  • Foster and maintain business relationships

Quality Customer Service

  • Provide a quality service experience to customers
  • Proactively respond to difficult service situations
  • Resolve customer complaints
  • Develop a customer relationship


  • Develop quality customer service practices.
  • Communicate policies, procedures and expectations to colleagues.
  • Monitor and adjust customer service
  • Develop and apply product knowledge.
  • Approach customer.
  • Gather and respond to information.
  • Sell benefits.
  • Overcome objections.
  • Close sale.
  • Maximise sales opportunities.

Manage Risk

  • Work safely.
  • Follow procedures for emergency situations.
  • Participate in organisational work health and safety practices.
  • Follow hygiene procedures and identify food hazards.
  • Report any personal health issues.
  • Prevent food contamination.
  • Prevent cross contamination by washing hands.
  • Provide information on health, safety and security.
  • Monitor safe work practices.
  • Coordinate consultative arrangements for the management of health, safety and security issues.
  • Implement and monitor procedures for identifying hazards, assessing and controlling risks.
  • Implement and monitor health, safety and security training.
  • Maintain work health and safety records and reports.
  • Maintain personal hygiene.
  • Prevent health hazards.

Lead and Manage People

  • Develop staff rosters.
  • Present and communicate rosters.
  • Maintain rostering records.
  • Evaluate rosters.
  • Model high standards of performance and behaviour
  • Develop team commitment and cooperation
  • Manage team performance
  • Identify conflict situations.
  • Resolve conflict.
  • Evaluate conflicts and resolutions.
  • Implement diversity policy
  • Foster respect for diversity in the work team
  • Promote the benefits of diversity

Accounts and Operations

  • Develop operational plan
  • Plan and manage resource acquisition
  • Monitor and review operational performance
  • Allocate budget resources
  • Monitor financial activities against budget
  • Identify and evaluate options for improved budget performance
  • Complete financial and statistical reports
  • Prepare budget information.
  • Prepare budget.
  • Finalise budget.
  • Monitor and review budget
  • Select and prepare resources
  • Design document
  • Produce document
  • Finalise document

Elective Streams

Select 2 out of the 4 streams below

  • SITHFAB203  - Prepare and serve non-alcoholic beverages
  • SITHFAB204  - Prepare and serve espresso coffee 
  • SITXEVT401   - Plan in-house events or functions
  • SITXHRM501 - Recruit, select and induct staff


SITHFAB201 Provide responsible service of alcohol

SITHFAB305 Provide advice on Australian wines

SITHFAB310 Provide advice on food and beverage matching

SITHFAB307 Provide table service of food and beverage

Open Colleges does not provide SITHFAB201 Provide responsible service of alcohol. You will need to provide a Responsible Service of Alcohol Certificate from an approved provider at your own cost to demonstrate competency for SITHFAB201 Provide responsible service of alcohol. For full course competency details visit

  • SITHACS303 -  Provide Accommodation reception services
  • SITTTSL305  -  Process reservations
  • SITXMPR404 - Coordinate marketing activities 
  • SITXMPR502 - Develop and implement marketing strategies 
  • BSBSMB401A - Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business
  • BSBSMB403A - Market the small business
  • SITXMPR402 - Create a promotional display or stand
  • SITXMPR403 - Plan and implement sales activities



What are my payment options?

Pay in full

If you pay your course fees up-front in full, you’ll benefit from a discount. When you pay in full, we don’t have to spend extra money on administration for tasks such as payment plan processing. Instead, we get to pass this saving onto you in the form of a discount.

ZipMoney Payment Plan

If you need a little more flexibility in your finances, and want to pay off your course fees over a longer period of time, you can switch to a zipMoney payment plan. Essentially, zipMoney pays your course fees for you, and you pay this loan back over 24, 36 or 48 months. As long as you are eligible, you can switch to a zipMoney plan at any time.

Payment Plan

Pay for you course in weekly or fortnightly instalments. By paying in instalments, you can schedule your payments around your regular outgoings and get ahead without breaking the bank. Open Colleges payment plans are interest-free.

Find out more

Peter Fernando

Peter Fernando first considered the fascinating opportunities offered by the tourism and travel industry when he took a position as a sales and marketing executive for the Hilton international hotel chain.

Fifteen years' of travelling and working in the industry have taken Peter to Dubai, Sri Lanka, Singapore and now to Australia. He has also participated in study exchange programs at the Washington State University in the USA, and has a Bachelor of Business & Hospitality (Hons.) and Master of Hospitality & Tourism. Peter has also been awarded a Diploma of Business Management and is particularly knowledgeable about Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events (MICE) services, as well as inbound tour groups.

Peter enjoys the eLearning interactions with his students at Open Colleges and finds great satisfaction in ensuring that they receive the best learning experiences.

Rebecca Clark

Rebecca has been working in the hospitality industry for 17 years in frontline service delivery as well as management roles. Rebecca has eight years of experience as a lecturer in hospitality. She holds a Diploma of Hospitality, Hospitality Certificate III (Food and Beverage) and (Commercial Cookery), Responsible Management of License Venues (RMLV), as well as a Certificate IV in Training & Assessment.  Rebecca’s passion for hospitality and food extends beyond the workplace. She has entered culinary competitions and has been awarded both gold and bronze awards from Salonculinaire and a silver medal in the Smithton Seafood Competition.

The course contains a minimum of 144 hours of work placement

The work placement will need to give you access to commercial hospitality equipment and resources. These will vary depending on the elective stream chosen, but should include kitchen and bar equipment, hospitality software programs and workplace policies and procedures. Throughout your work placement you should get involved in various stages of hospitality management, operations, implementation and evaluation.

Your work placement will need to be completed in Australia, and you will be responsible for the costs of any travel, accommodation, statutory checks or other requirements related to your work placement.

Open Colleges offers this qualification in association with TAFE NSW North Region (Provider number: 90010). The testamur will be issued by TAFE NSW North Region.

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