New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 4).xml New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 4)

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CertificateFull time - 1 year

Annual Fees(indicative 2016)

Programme code



$6,750 - $7,400


February, July





Course related costs



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

19 December for January start; 13 January for February start; 23 June for July start


Christchurch - Madras Street and Timaru


This programme covers the skills required to create a wide range of complex dishes from hot meals and desserts to pastries.

You'll learn about preparation and presentation techniques, food safety, health and safety, operating policies of commercial kitchens and communication practices between colleagues, managers and customers.

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete a minimum total of 120 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
  • 12 credits NCEA English Level 1 or New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 3).

Alternative requirements
  • Skills for tertiary study (including literacy and numeracy) may be acquired through study, work and/or life experience. Students who can demonstrate these skills may be approved for alternative entry. Literacy and numeracy assessments are available.

Additional requirements
English requirements
  • If English is not your first language you may also be required to provide evidence of your English language skills. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.

    Note: If you have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements you are not required to provide evidence of English Language Skills.










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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 don't meet the criteria for entry into this programme, we can help you meet entry level with our foundation and bridging programmes.

Alternatively, 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

This qualification will give you the skills to work as an intermediate-level chef in a professional kitchen.

Study pathways

Graduates with this qualification can progress to the New Zealand Diploma in Cookery (Advanced) (Level 5) with strands in Cookery and Patisserie.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Maths
  • Food technology