Study culinary and become a chef

New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 4)

Programme highlights

Are you interested in becoming a chef in one of New Zealand's many kitchens? 

Develop your creativity in the kitchen and learn the advanced cooking skills you need to become an intermediate level chef.

When you graduate you will be ready for roles in restaurants, cafés, commercial catering, hotels and events. Or you can further develop your chefing skills with our level 5 programme.

International students

Key facts

Start month(s)

February, May, July, October

Study location(s)

MIT Ōtara

Level 4
Domestic fees

Click here to see a list of domestic course fees

Youth Guarantee (fees-free*) Not available
Programme code NZ2101
Duration

Full-time for 1 year (32 teaching weeks)

Study method

Full-time
3-4 days per week.

Credits 120
International fees This programme is for domestic students only. Please see the International Diploma in Cookery.
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship (fees-free*) Available (eligibility criteria applies)
Qualification leads to

New Zealand Certificate

Study culinary at Manukau Institute of Technology

Entry requirements

General

Open entry for domestic students

There are no academic requirements that need to be met to enter this programme.

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 https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/providers-partners/qa-system-for-teos/english-international-students/

International students will generally be required to provide evidence of English language proficiency, for this programme an IELTS General or 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/

International students

Test your English level to help you plan.

Take our free online English test to get a basic indication of your English level. This will help you understand what programmes you can apply for and what preparation you may require before you start your programme of study.

Need IELTS?

Book your British Council IELTS test with us.

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.

Programme structure

You will need to complete the below eight courses (120 credits):

461.430 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.

461.431 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.

461.432 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.

461.433 Cold food service (15 credits)

Prepare to work in a commercial kitchen by learning how to confidently, safely and hygienically produce cold food items.

461.434 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.

461.435 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.

461.436 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.

461.437 Desserts (15 credits)

Prepare, produce and present a range of dessert and patisserie dishes in a commercial kitchen.

Key dates and timetables

To find the key dates and timetables of this programme, please view the baking, culinary and hospitality calendar.

Career opportunities

Intermediate level positions in restaurants, cafés, commercial catering, hotels, functions and events. For potential salaries visit careers.govt.nz.

Information is correct as at February 2021. 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 2021 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2021 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2021 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 2021 are based on the 2020 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2021. 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 Limited is accredited under the provisions of the Education Act 1989. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.