New Zealand Diploma in Cookery (Advanced)

New Zealand Diploma in Cookery (Advanced) (Level 5)

Build on your culinary skills to understand and apply advanced cooking techniques. Develop your kitchen management knowledge including menu planning, costing and dish design. Your learning will be supported with an industry placement in a commercial kitchen.

What you will learn

  • Advance your dish presentation ideas using best-practice and contemporary techniques
  • Learn how to design, develop, plan and cost menus
  • Use advanced culinary skills such as smoking, curing and sous vide to provide a variety of products for menu diversity
  • Kitchen operations and the management of resources using sustainable practices 
  • Food safety, allergens and special diets 
  • The influences of global cuisine 
  • Traditional and modern larder techniques and preparations
  • Artisan crafts cheesemaking and sausage making

Career options

Perfect if you have long-term career aspirations for any of the following positions:

  • Kitchen manager
  • Sous chef
  • Banquet chef
  • Executive chef
  • Food production manager

Entry requirements

Under 20

New Zealand Certificate in Cookery Level 4, or equivalent.

Over 20

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


New Zealand Certificate in Cookery Level 4, or equivalent.

International students - minimum IELTS (academic) score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5, or equivalent.

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*International fee displayed is for 1 year of study (equivalent to 120 credits) and does not include insurance, administration and student service fees. For more details, please email:

Course-related costs

Knife kit and scales (you may have these from Level 4), textbook (approximately $90), suitable footwear for wearing in kitchens (non-slip rubber soles).

Give yourself credit →

Use the knowledge you already have to fast-track your qualification. Workplace-learning, volunteering, professional development, other provider qualifications and online courses can be recognised as prior learning and put towards your qualification. Start by getting in touch with us, or find out more here.

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Last updated: 17/8/2023

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