New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 3).xml New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 3)

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CertificateFull time - six months

Annual Fees(indicative 2018)

Programme code



$3,485 - $3,700Free for 15 to 19 year olds


February, July





Course related costs



Domestic Applications due

International Applications due


Madras Street campus


This is a CTC and Youth Guarantee programme only.

Leads to the award of the New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 3).

Over the course of this six-month programme you'll become skilled in a variety of tasks that will enable you to prepare basic dishes confidently and competently. You'll learn fundamental cooking skills and gain an understanding of food safety and health and safety in kitchen environments.

Credit recognition

Credit Recognition may be available for this programme. If you’ve previously completed study in this area please contact the relevant academic department for cross credit/credit transfer options. If you’ve gained related skills and knowledge through work experience, talk to our Centre for Assessment of Prior Learning about Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete a minimum total of 60 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • This programme has open entry, but English language requirements apply.
Alternative requirements
Additional requirements
English requirements
  • If English is not your first language you may also be required to provide evidence of your English language skills as listed below. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.

    • IELTS 5.0 Academic (no lower than 5.0 in any subtest). For acceptable alternatives refer to the English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.
      Note: If you have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements you are not required to provide evidence of English Language Skills.
Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Selection criteria

Applicants who meet the requirements for admission are accepted into the programme in the order their applications are received.

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an Admission and Enrolment Form or an International Application Form

If you feel you have gained your learning through on the job experience talk to us about recognition or assessment of prior learning .

Application documents

Career opportunities

With this qualification you can work as a junior chef creating basic dishes in cafes, restaurants and other food outlets.

Study pathways

You can follow this qualification with the New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 4).

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Maths
  • Food technology