Cookery Level 3 Cookery Level 3

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ProgrammePart-time, 1 year (while still at school)

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Qualification name

New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 3) (DE) Fees may apply to international students

Programme code




NZQF credits




Applications due

Received all year


Christchurch - Madras Street

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Programme Content

Gain cooking skills for further study or employment, while you're still at school.

Dual Enrolment programmes are FREE if you're in Years 11, 12 or 13 and a great way to earn NCEA credits and get a feel for tertiary study, while you’re still at 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.

You'll earn a New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 3).

This programme is delivered two days per week (Thursdays and Fridays 8:30am - 3:00pm).

*Places are limited and funding is dependent on availability. Some courses may incur costs, depending on the learner's eligibility.

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.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • To enroll you must be in Year 11, 12 or 13 at a secondary school and a New Zealand citizen, permanent resident or hold a visa that allows you to be enrolled in a New Zealand secondary school.

    If you are interested in enrolling in a Dual Enrolment course, you should first talk to your secondary school or with Ara.

    As different programmes are offered, entry requirements, application, and interview processes (including selection criteria) may vary.

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 Alternative Chart or contact us for an assessment.

Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Application Documents

Career opportunities

On completion of this qualification you can apply for 1 year fees free study and progress to the New Zealand Certificate in Cookery Level 4 or New Zealand Certificate in Baking (Generalist) Level 4 to further your culinary journey.

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
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
6402 Provide Basic Life Support 8 1 1
6401 Provide First Aid 6 1 1
24525 Perform food costing calculations in a commercial hospitality environment 5 4 4
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 6 2 2