(International students only)
Study culinary (for international students)
QualificationInternational Diploma in Cookery (Level 5)Programme code: MN4551
International students only
International feesNZD$25,000 (approx.) per academic year*
Develop advanced cooking skills and learn the skills you need to lead a kitchen.
Gain experience cooking and presenting a range of dishes in our world-class kitchen facilities.
Further your understanding of restaurant management. Learn how to plan, develop and cost menus and manage staff. You will also get real-world experience on work placements in restaurants.
When you graduate, you will be ready to take on a managerial role in a professional kitchen.
This qualification is for international students.
Please note: This diploma is designed specifically for the needs of international students and includes both the New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 4) and the New Zealand Diploma in Cookery (Level 5) Cookery strand.
International students: English language entry requirements
For the minimum English language requirements refer to the requirements set out in the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules
International students will generally be required to provide evidence of English language proficiency, for this programme an IELTS Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 is required. Equivalent acceptable evidence can be seen at the following NZQA link: https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/about-us/our-role/legislation/nzqa-rules/nzqf-related-rules/the-table/
Special & discretionary admission
Any ākonga who is 20 years of age or older and has not reached the general admission requirements for their intended programme is eligible for Special Admission. Te Pūkenga works with the ākonga to ensure they are prepared for their intended programme. Any ākonga who is not yet 20 years of age and has not reached the general admission requirements for their intended programme may be eligible for Discretionary Admission. In assessing whether to grant Discretionary Admission, the delegated authority focuses on the applicant’s level of preparedness for their intended programme.
You will complete your test in one day, plus get free online tuition to help you succeed. We offer paper-based or computer-delivered IELTS. Choose computer-delivered IELTS and get your results in 3-5 days.
Give yourself credit with Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
Did you know you can use the knowledge and experience you already have to your advantage?
Your previous work experience and on-the-job skills, volunteering, professional development, and other providers’ qualifications can be recognised as prior learning, matched against credits in our courses, and put towards your qualification – potentially saving you money and possibly helping you to complete your qualification faster Learn more.
Students will receive two awards including:
New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 4)
Boiling poaching and steaming (15 credits)
Prepare to work in a commercial kitchen by learning how to confidently, safely and hygienically use wet methods of cookery such as boiling, poaching and steaming.
Frying (15 credits)
Prepare to work in a commercial kitchen by learning how to confidently, safely and hygienically use short order methods of cookery such as frying.
Baking, roasting and grilling (15 credits)
Prepare to work in a commercial kitchen by learning how to confidently, safely and hygienically use hot line methods of cookery such as baking, roasting and grilling.
Cold food service (15 credits)
Prepare to work in a commercial kitchen by learning how to confidently, safely and hygienically produce cold food items.
Farinaceous and dairy (15 credits)
Apply cookery skills to prepare, cook and present a range of dishes using farinaceous and dairy items and employing complex preparation and presentation techniques.
Fruits and vegetables (15 credits)
Apply cookery skills to prepare, cook and present a range of dishes using fruit and vegetable items and employing complex preparation and presentation techniques.
Meat, fish and poultry (15 credits)
Apply cookery skills to prepare, cook and present a range of dishes using meat, fish and poultry items and employing complex preparation and presentation techniques.
Desserts and patisserie (15 credits)
Prepare, produce and present a range of dessert and patisserie dishes in a commercial kitchen.
New Zealand Diploma in Cookery (Level 5) (Cookery Strand)
Concepts of menu planning (15 credits)
Identify the components of menu planning in the culinary industry.
Applied menu planning concepts (15 credits)
Apply the concepts of menu planning to a familiar menu.
Hospitality business concepts (15 credits)
Provides an overview of catering establishments, marketing and costing.
Applied hospitality business concepts (15 credits)
Identify the impact of catering establishment style, marketing and costing on culinary preparations.
Professional kitchen management (15 credits)
Provide an overview of resourcing, suppliers and legislation in the culinary industry
Applied professional kitchen management (15 credits)
Identify the impact of resourcing, suppliers and legislation on culinary preparations
Culinary staff management (15 credits)
Provide an overview of staff management to achieve service delivery outcomes in the culinary industry
Applied culinary staff management (15 credits)
Identify and apply staff management techniques to achieve service delivery outcomes in the culinary industry
Do you want to study a single course, without enrolling into the full programme?
Courses within some of our programmes may be offered as an individual Certificate of Proficiency (COP). Programme entry requirements and course fees apply. For more information, please speak to our friendly Ask Me! team.
"I loved the location of MIT – away from the city so I could concentrate on my studies. A lot of the equipment is new and the lecturers and staff are the most helpful I’ve ever met. We were just like a family. I also did some of my training at Novotel Auckland Airport which was a great experience. For international students, there are convenient payment options for fees. I heard about my current job from another MIT graduate. There are so many ways that MIT will help you find a good job."
International student Ravneel Anand was delighted when his industry placement at a top Auckland hotel lead to a part-time job. Ravneel, from Fiji, spent a month working at The Langham as part of his International diploma in culinary course at MIT. The placement gave him a chance to work in every department in their kitchens, from pastry to mains to desserts. After Ravneel completed the internship, he was offered a part-time job as a commis chef. Ravneel loved his job and says his studies at MIT were excellent preparation for his future career.
"MIT was a great choice to prepare me for a culinary career. I have found studying at MIT interesting and challenging and amazing. Everything has been enjoyable. The lecturers are so down-to-earth and helpful."
Ravnell is also enjoying living in Auckland. “I like going out with my friends, seeing new places and having a good time."
"The qualification you obtain from MIT will open up so many doors for you.
Level 4 cookery is a fantastic course for those wanting to start learning culinary arts. You will learn the fundamentals and principles of working in a commercial kitchen and walk out with your qualification and ready to walk into an entry-level position.
I love the facilities at MIT and the calibre of students that we attract. The lecturers are all industry relevant and have such passion for their subjects. It’s a great learning space for anyone who wants to get a great qualification towards their career."
Free study for the first year of your Level 3 or above qualification may be available under the government’s fees-free study scheme. Visit feesfree.govt.nz for eligibility criteria and more information. Students must be eligible to study as a domestic student. All free study is subject to funding confirmation. Proof of residency status required. Entry criteria, and some costs, may also apply. Eligibility for student allowances or student loans may vary. Contact StudyLink for more information.
Information is correct as at 29 November 2023. Programme fees are based on a full-time student and may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted in this publication are based on the indicative 2024 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2024 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2024 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here www.manukau.ac.nz/cssf. Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2024 are based on the 2023 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2024. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology is part of Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology. Te Pūkenga is accredited under the provisions of the Education and Training Act 2020. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.