Barista Essentials

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Barista Essentials

Duration: 10 weeks, Enrolling in Term 1, 2 and 3

10 Stage 1 credits

Further Info
Course Description

This intensive course teaches the preparation and service of espresso-based beverages and other café style drinks. Students learn essential concepts for working in the café industry, such as safe work processes, food safety and hygiene, customer service, the application of quality systems and procedures, and environmentally sustainable work practices. This is a partial qualification.

Course Content

Students master the main types of espresso-based beverages and their preparation, as well as other common drinks sold in cafés. Students develop the fundamental skills and knowledge needed to prepare and serve espresso coffee, such as adjusting the grind, tamping, texturing milk, correct storage of beans, hygienic practices, responding to customer requests, and maintaining a clean workstation. Students participate in hands-on, practical sessions, as well as computer based theory-work.

This is a partial qualification and includes three units of competency from the Tourism, Travel and Hospitality training package.

The course is competency based, and is assessed with observation checklists, oral questions and written responses to theory questions. This course is suited to independent, autonomous learners with effective time management skills.


(Nominal hours shown in brackets for SACE credit reference)

This course includes the following accredited units:

Core Units

SITHFAB005 Prepare and serve espresso coffee (30)
SITXFSA001 Use hygienic practices for food safety (15)
SITXCCS006 Provide service to customers (25)


This course is aimed at students interested in gaining employment within the industry.

Further Info

Students are expected to wear appropriate clothing and footwear at all times. Aprons and hats
are provided for use in the classroom.