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

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Chef training

ProgrammeFull time - 6 months

Annual Fees(indicative 2018)

Qualification name

New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 3) (YG) Please Enquire

Programme code



February (Christchurch) July (Christchurch, Timaru)

Ara credits




Domestic Applications due

Received all year


Christchurch - Madras Street, Timaru

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Programme Content

Youth Guarantee programmes are a great way to learn practical skills and gain a qualification. You can apply for these options if you're 16 to 19 years of age and no longer at school, or you're planning on leaving school.

If you like to cook, follow recipes or experiment with recipes of your own, this course will give you the skills you need to turn your talents into a career.

Working with experienced chefs in our commercial kitchens, your study will cover culinary skills, pastry skills and restaurant service essentials. Our practical training will give you the confidence and know-how to work your culinary magic in a commercial kitchen and hone your skills across a range of cooking styles, from main courses to pastries.

Programme Credits

NZQF credits in the table below are awarded to you on completion of this programme. These credits contribute to achieving your NCEA qualification. In some instances you may also receive Ara credits. Ara credits are tertiary study credits that can be used to enter further study at tertiary level in New Zealand. Please note the number of Ara and NZQF credits are unrelated and may be different.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • If you're a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident and are between 16 to 19 years old, you can apply to study regardless of the qualifications you've achieved at school.

Alternative requirements
Additional requirements
English requirements
  • If English isn't your first language, you may be required to provide evidence of your English language skills. Refer to the Acceptable Alternatives Chart or contact us for an assessment.

Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this programme please complete:

  • A Youth Guarantee application form

Application Documents

Career opportunities

This entry-level qualification gives you the skills and experience to take your first step into the world of professional cookery in cafes, restaurants, bars and bakeries.

Study pathways

You can enhance your career opportunities through further study, such as the New Zealand Certificate in Cookery Level 4.

Unit / Achievement Standard Number Unit Standard Title Version No NZQF Credits Level 1 Credits Level 2 Credits Level 3 Credits Level 4 Credits
24526 Apply safe working practices in a commercial kitchen 4 4 4
11097 Listen actively to gain information in an interactive situation 5 3 3
13300 Prepare and cook basic stocks, sauces, and soups in a commercial kitchen 5 5 5
13316 Prepare and cook basic pasta dishes in a commercial kitchen 5 3 3
24525 Perform food costing calculations in a commercial hospitality environment 5 4 4
26551 Provide first aid for life threatening conditions 3 1 1
26552 Demonstrate knowledge of common first aid conditions and how to respond to them 4 1 1
13293 Prepare and cook vegetable dishes in a commercial kitchen 5 6 6
13329 Prepare and finish marinades, dressings, cold sauces and dips in a commercial kitchen 5 3 3
9681 Contribute within a team or group which has an objective 7 3 3
13331 Prepare and cook pickles, chutneys, and preserves in a commercial kitchen 5 4 4
13325 Prepare and bake basic cakes, sponges, and scones in a commercial kitchen 5 4 4
13314 Prepare and cook egg dishes in a commercial kitchen 6 4 4
27955 Apply food safety practices in a food related business 2 5 5
27929 Apply standard operating procedures and the code of conduct to a work role in a service delivery organisation 1 5 5
13285 Handle and maintain knifes in a commercial kitchen 5 2 2
13282 Prepare, assemble and present complex sandwiches for service in a commercial kitchen 5 2 2
13280 Prepare fruit and vegetable cuts 5 2 2