(FHBK200)Basic Knife Skills.xml (FHBK200)Basic Knife Skills

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STAR basic knife skills

CourseBasic Knife Skills

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Programme Code




Flexible *

Ara Credits





Madras Street Campus

Vocational Pathways

Service Industries

For more information

Email liaison@ara.ac.nz

Course Content

Become skilled in an essential area of any commercial kitchen environment.

Do you want to have sharp knives in the kitchen, ready to slice and chop food products?

Learn how to sharpen and maintain kitchen knives safely. Prepare and present a range of ethnic dishes with your knife skills.

* We are happy to work with you to create a timetable that best suits your needs. Please contact youthtransition@ara.ac.nz for more information.

Course Structure

To complete this Youth course you are required to do the NZQF unit standards outlined in the table below. The credits above are Ara credits which you will receive upon completion of this course. Please note the number of credits may be different.

Unit / Achievement Standard Number Unit Standard Title Version No NZQF Credits Level 1 Credits Level 2 Credits Level 3 Credits
13285 Handle and maintain knives in a commercial kitchen 4 2 2


Academic requirements

To enrol you must be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, or hold a visa which allows you to be enrolled in a New Zealand secondary school.

English requirements

If English is not your first language you are also required to provide evidence of your English language skills as listed below or credits in English rich subjects from New Zealand educational institutions. 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 (with no band score lower than 5.0).  For acceptable alternatives refer to the English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.

Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this course please complete:

  • An application form

Application documents

Study pathways

You can apply your knife skills and gain new ones with the New Zealand Certificate in Cookery Level 3, the New Zealand Certificate in Cookery Level 4 or the New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Level 3 and 4.


With cookery skills under your belt, you'll be able to seek employment in restaurants, cafés and hotels.