Course Overview

If you enjoy cooking and want a career doing something you love, this practical cooking course is a great place to start. You’ll learn everything you need to work in a commercial kitchen from basic cooking skills to food safety and teamwork. 
In terms of cooking, you'll learn how to prepare a range of dishes suitable for cafés, restaurants, bakeries and more. Graduate and continue on to study Culinary Arts (Level 4), or choose the Certificate in Food and Beverage (Level 3) to gain all-round hospitality skills.

Upon successfully completing the requirements you'll receive the award of:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 3)
Locations Rotorua
Next intake Jul 2025 View more details
Study options

18 weeks full-time, including holidays (if applicable)

Total credits 60
StudyLink assistance Available
Indicative Fees To be confirmed for domestic students View full fees information
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Career opportunities

There are a wide range of job opportunities, depending on the size of each commercial kitchen and the type of food being offered.

You can work as a junior chef producing basic dishes in a professional kitchen.

Topics you'll cover

You'll learn to:

  • prepare, cook and present a range of dishes using equipment, products and produce commonly used in the New Zealand hospitality industry, and
  • follow standard operating procedures, deal with common problems in a commercial kitchen, and effectively communicate with colleagues, managers and customers.

Topics include health and safety regulations, food safety requirements and security practices to help ensure personal safety and minimise potential hazards for customers.

Institutes of technology have a long standing tradition of producing work ready, top quality chefs - this is the place employers come to fill their kitchen vacancies.

Course Fees

Indicative Fees * To be confirmed for domestic students
Course related costs

Domestic students: During your induction week, you'll have the opportunity to purchase your uniform and kit from our preferred supplier. You can expect to spend approximately $450 on course-specific equipment and uniforms. This can be covered by the 'Course-Related Costs' component of your student loan if applicable. Please contact StudyLink for more information.

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Student Loans and Allowances

This course meets the requirements for student allowance and student loan applications through StudyLink.

  • A student loan helps to pay for your course fees (the compulsory fees), study materials e.g. books, equipment, and living costs. You'll have to pay this money back.
  • A student allowance is a weekly payment that can help with your living expenses while you're studying. You don't have to pay the money back.

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Course Entry Information

Entry criteria

Information Session

You’ll be invited to an information meeting. This is your opportunity to find out more about the course content and to make sure you're on the most appropriate course for your career aspirations and current level of experience.

For courses at levels 1-3, domestic and international students will be required to:

Provide evidence of ability to complete academic requirements.

Other Considerations

For reasons of health and safety and in line with hospitality industry expectations and requirements, you should be physically fit - this includes bending and lifting and being able to withstand long hours in a commercial kitchen environment.

English language requirements

Level 3 certificate IELTS General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed New Zealand Certificate in English Language Level 3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace or Academic, or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined by NZQA.

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Course Locations and Intake Information

Location Campus Start Date
Rotorua Mokoia Campus 14 Jul 2025 Apply now

Study options

  • 18 weeks full-time, including holidays (if applicable)

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