New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 4)

Take the first step in starting your professional chef career no matter what your experience level. Get equipped with everything you need to know in a hands-on purpose-built environment. Come and surround yourself with like-minded people and learn from tutors who are industry professionals.

What you will learn

This one-year full-time programme is “hands-on” and is suitable for those who may have little or no experience in the culinary field.  The focus is on the essential skills of food preparation, cookery methods and techniques that will provide you with the keys to open your culinary world.

The learning accelerates to include the more complex aspects of professional cookery along with the compulsory compliance requirements. 

You will learn through practical tutorials and workshops and be assessed in a purpose-built environment alongside students of all ages and of different cultures and backgrounds.

  • Cooking methods and their applications
  • Cold larder techniques 
  • Preparation, cooking and presentation of meat and poultry dishes
  • Food safety, Health and safety 
  • Standard operating policies and procedures for commercial kitchens
  • Preparation, cooking and presentation of fish dishes
  • Farinaceous and vegetable dishes
  • Patisserie techniques to produce and present desserts 

Career options

The programme will prepare students for entry-level positions in a commercial kitchen environment. The progression to senior roles will be dependent on time and relevant experience in the industry in a variety of workplaces for example Hotels, Restaurants, Catering companies, institutions, Stadiums and cruise ships.

  • Trainee / Commis Chef
  • Demi Chef de Partie
  • Chef De Partie
  • Sous Chef
  • Head chef
  • Executive Chef

Entry requirements

Under 20 years

60 credits at NCEA Level 1 including 10 literacy and 10 numeracy credits, or equivalent. 

Over 20 years

If you’re 20 years or over, you may qualify for special admission on this programme. Contact us if you don’t meet the Under 20 entry criteria.

International students

Minimum IELTS (academic) score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 is required, or equivalent.

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*International fee displayed is for 1 year of study (equivalent to 120 credits) and does not include insurance and administration (approximately $924 per year of study).

You must be able to carry out the physical requirements of the programme.

Offering institute

This qualification is offered by WelTec

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