New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 3)

Produce the basic dishes required in a commercial kitchen. Gain the skills to work at an entry-level in a commercial kitchen. Practise preparing, cooking and presenting dishes. Learn about nutrition, health and safety, and commercial kitchen procedures.

The New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 3) provides students with the knowledge and skills of an entry-level cookery worker.

Gain skills to prepare, cook and present a range of basic products. Learn food safety practices, communication skills, standard operating procedures in a commercial kitchen, problem-solving, literacy and numeracy skills.  

Graduates will be able to progress their study on the New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 4) or the New Zealand Diploma in Cookery (Advanced) (Level 5), or enter the workforce as chefs in entry-level positions producing basic dishes in a professional kitchen across the hospitality sector. 


Entry criteria

10 NCEA Level 1 literacy and 10 NCEA Level 1 numeracy credits or equivalent; and capability to work in a commercial kitchen

International students

IELTS 5.0 (no band lower than 5.0) or equivalent


Note: Our Kāpiti Campus is closing. All 2019 Kāpiti programmes will be moved to Porirua.

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