Certificate in Cookery

LevelLevel 3
Duration34 weeks

Enhance your culinary expertise and broaden your palette through this new introductory part-time flexible programme. Discover dishes from around the globe and equip yourself with the skills to create plates of art with us.

Join us in this exciting new blended programme that introduces you to skills and techniques used by the professionals to either aid your home cooking or boost your career in the culinary arts.

Learn the art of preparing, cooking, and presenting global dishes to delight your loved ones. You'll acquire essential skills to streamline cooking and unleash creativity to stay ahead of culinary trends. Gain teamwork and commercial kitchen experience, essential for mastering the fundamentals of cookery.

From dumplings to kimchi, waffles to pizza, boil up to hangi – this programme will teach you to master the favourites while also learning what’s new in the culinary world. Bring your new real-world skills to the table and showcase them with practical projects on campus.

As a bonus, you'll also receive a complimentary knife kit and apron to kickstart your culinary journey.

This programme blends online learning with face-to-face classes, giving you the best of both worlds. Enjoy the flexibility of learning online in your own time with the guidance of our expert chef tutors and the experience of cooking in a commercial kitchen in our Auckland Campuses.

Once you're equipped with your new culinary skills, look at our Level 4 Certificate in Cookery - the next step in your pathway to becoming a chef with The Culinary Collective!

A taste of what you will learn

  • Safety and operating procedures of a commercial kitchen.

  • Essential preparation skills like kneading, folding, filleting, gutting, crumbing, roasting, braising to En Papillote.

  • A wide range of inspired cuisine including dishes from Asia, Europe to right here in Aotearoa.

  • The art of beautiful plating with techniques to really show off your delectable new creations.

  • Emerging food trends which will sure to impress such as brain foods, keto meals, and probiotics.

  • How to work and communicate effectively in a commercial kitchen.

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Level 3 Cookery - Start Dates


New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 3)


- Course costs for New Zealand domestic students are available here.


If you’re planning to start tertiary study or training for the first time you may be eligible for fees-free. Ask one of our course advisors to help or visit the Fees Free website.


If you meet certain conditions you may be eligible for a student loan and allowances.

Find out if you meet the conditions by calling StudyLink on Freephone 0800 88 99 00 or visit

  • Open entry

  • Domestic applicants with English as second language may need to demonstrate sufficiency in English language  

This programme is currently only offered to domestic students.

IT requirements:

Access to a computer or laptop, a microphone, and a reliable internet connection.



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