Cookery Level 3 (Youth Guarantee) Cookery Level 3 (Youth Guarantee)

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Chef training

ProgrammeFull-time, 6 months

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Qualification name

New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 3) (YG) Advised on enrolment

Programme code



February, July

Ara credits




Domestic Applications due

Received all year


Christchurch - Madras Street, Timaru (July only)

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Programme Content

Gain a foundation of basic cooking skills for further study or employment.

Youth Guarantee programmes are FREE* and 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.

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.

*Funding availability dependent.

Programme Credits

You'll receive Ara credits for this programme, these are tertiary study credits that can be used to enter further study at tertiary level in New Zealand.

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:

  • An Admissions and Enrolment 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.