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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.

Get all the skills you need to start working in a commercial kitchen or to study further to become a chef.

You’ll learn how to prepare all kinds of tasty dishes and get practical training on cooking dishes with meat, fresh seafood, pulses and grains as well as sweet treats like pastries and desserts. You’ll also learn to make marinades, dressings, cold sauces, stocks, soups, and egg dishes.

Learn about food safety, how to work in a commercial kitchen and how to communicate with other kitchen staff. From here, you can take your skills on to our Level 5 Diploma.


A taste of what you will learn

  • Gain the practical skills to create tasty dishes, appetisers, complex sauces, meat, fish, seafood, vegetable and rice dishes

  • Learn about dealing with customers, communication, teamwork and general supervision in a ktichen

  • Learn about food safety and commercial kitchen practices.

  • Have fun during your study on a foodie field trip.

  • You’ll have an opportunity to secure an internship where you’ll gain invaluable industry experience.

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Course Start Dates


New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 4)

Food Safety Certificate

Domestic Students

At the start of the course, domestic applicants must:

- Be a minimum of 17 years old.

- Have NCEA Level 1 or New Zealand Certificate in Cookery Level 3, or have relevant and current industry experience.

- Attend an interview

International Students

All international students must:

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

- Have English language proficiency 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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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




Ready to take the next step?