Course Overview

These days employers in the hospitality industry want staff with a range of skills. They need to be able to talk with customers, run all the front-of-house tasks with the same ease that they prepare great food.

In this one-year level 4 culinary arts course, you'll learn a range of skills to work in New Zealand’s hospitality industry.

You'll get loads of hands-on experience to practise skills in real-life service settings on campus. You'll also learn how to plan, prepare and present hot and cold, savoury and sweet dishes in our commercial kitchens.

If you’re employed in a culinary job, you can study towards the Culinary Arts (Level 4) qualification while you work. To apply for this option choose ‘Apply’ then ‘Apply for work and study‘ or for more information email [email protected]

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

  • New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 4)
Locations Rotorua, Tauranga, Wider BOP/Other
Next intake Jul 2024 View more details
Study options

1 year full-time, including holidays (if applicable)

Total credits 120
StudyLink assistance Available
Indicative Fees To be confirmed for domestic students View full fees information
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Career opportunities

  • Intermediate‐level opportunities as chefs

Topics you'll cover

  • Preparation, cooking and culinary techniques
  • Cold larder preparation and presentation (salads, sandwiches, dressings, buffets)
  • Stocks, sauces and soups
  • Vegetable, fruit and pulses 
  • Farinaceous products, rice, grain and egg dishes
  • Meat, poultry and offal, cuts and dishes
  • Fish and shellfish, cuts and dishes
  • Healthier foods and balanced/special diets
  • Patisserie and bakery products, hot and cold desserts
  • Introduction to menu planning, costing and catering
  • Food presentation
  • Food safety practices, contamination hazards, and food storage
  • Workplace health and safety, and workplace first aid
  • Handling and maintenance of knives, equipment and tools in a commercial kitchen
  • Teamwork
  • Customer service and hosting an event

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 $700 - $800 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.

International students: Uniform and equipment supplies will be charged in addition to standard tuition fees. 

*Please note, 2024 fees for this course are yet to be confirmed.

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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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Scholarships are one way you might be able to get some financial help. Any scholarships specifically related to this course are shown below, otherwise check out the full list of scholarships promoted by Toi Ohomai.

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.

Standard Entry Criteria

Admission, entry, selection, and enrolment into programmes will be in accordance with the Academic Regulations and/or, where approved, specific programme regulations.

For courses at Level 4, domestic students will normally be required to have:

NCEA Level 2 with passes in English/Te Reo Māori or education achievement at least equivalent to NCEA Level 2; OR

Evidence of ability to complete academic and any other programme requirements.

Other Considerations

You will need to confirm you have the physical capability to safely withstand 4‐8 hour sessions of working in the commercial kitchen environment.

Due to health and safety factors and space constraints, which restrict the number of students who can be accommodated in the commercial kitchens, limits on numbers may be imposed on this course.

English language requirements

Level 4 certificate IELTS General or Academic score of 5.5 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 22 Jul 2024 Apply now
Tauranga Windermere Campus 22 Jul 2024 Apply now
Wider BOP/Other --- 22 Jul 2024 Apply now

Study options

  • 1 year full-time, including holidays (if applicable)

Important dates

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