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Certificate in Cookery

LevelLevel 4
Duration35 weeks

If you love to cook, take the first step with our Level 4 cooking course. You’ll learn about a wide range of culinary techniques and disciplines, and gain confidence and experience working in a commercial kitchen environment.

If you love to cook, why not start an exciting culinary journey and gain valuable hands-on experience in our dynamic commercial kitchen. Plus, you'll have an opportunity to secure an internship as part of your studies.

You'll master the art of preparing delicious dishes, from meat and fresh seafood to pulses, grains, pastries, and desserts. Learn to create your own marinades, dressings, cold sauces, stocks, soups, and egg dishes.

When you're ready to take your culinary skills to the next level, our Level 5 Diploma in Advanced Cookery or Patisserie Strand can be the perfect next step in fulfilling a career in the culinary arts.

A taste of what you will learn

  • How to prepare a range of complex dishes and food art presentation

  • Develop effective communication skills with customers, colleagues, and managers

  • Learn the essentials of food safety and commercial kitchen operations

  • Earn a Food Safety Certificate to boost your career prospects

  • Gain confidence in correct knife-handling techniques

  • Enjoy a foodie field trip for our campus and blended learning classes

  • Opportunity to secure an internship to gain invaluable industry experience

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New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 4)

Food Safety Certificate

Ākonga must:

  • Be a minimum of 17 years old.

  • Hold an NCEA Level 1 or equivalent or New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 3) or have relevant and current industry experience.

International students must:

  • Be a minimum of 18 years old at the start of the course.

  • If English is your second language, you need an English level of 5.5 IELTS or equivalent with no band score lower than 5 (other English tests or evidence of your English language ability may be approved as advised by NZQA).

  • Have travel and medical insurance and a valid visa.


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

- Course costs for International 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



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Level 4 Cookery - Career Opportunities

  • Start working as a chef or train further to take your skills to the next level

  • Work as a sous chef in hotels, restaurants or for a catering company.

  • Hotel Demi Chef de Partie

  • Restaurant Chef de Partie

  • Catering and Events Demi Chef de Partie

  • Café Sous Chef

  • Industrial Catering Demi Chef de Partie




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