New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 3)

Gain the essential knowledge and skills needed to start a career in restaurants, cafés, catering and fast food operations. You will learn how to cook and prepare food in a commercial kitchen and learn essential cooking skills, methods and food safety.

You will learn how to:

  • apply health and safety, food safety and security practices to ensure own safety and minimise potential hazards for customers.
  • communicate effectively and behave in a professional manner with colleagues, managers and customers.
  • follow standard operating procedures to deal with familiar problems in a commercial kitchen.
  • apply fundamental cookery skills to prepare, cook and present a range of basic dishes employing commodities commonly used in the industry.

Programme specific information

This programme is open entry.

Class Times

Classes are taught 3 days per week.

Work Experience

Students are required to undertake 40 hours of work experience within the catering industry to enhance their formal learning.

Career Options

Junior chef, kitchen hand, entry level cooking positions.

Additional Expenses

  • Stationery - $20
  • Printing - $10
  • Shoes - between $80 - $150*
  • Socks (Black) - $10
  • Hair tie (black) / Bobby pins (if required) - $5
  • Required Text: The New Zealand Chef - $130**
  • Knife Kit (optional) - $300

*Fully enclosed flat black shoes. Solid leather closed in footwear with an appropriate non-slip, non-marking sole.

**The New Zealand Chef (ISBN: 9781442553231). Can be purchased through TextbooksRus

Daniel Reed Cookery Student Profile

I'm currently studying Cookery (Level 3) and it has been amazing. Thanks to my helpful and knowledgeable tutor who has really helped me build a strong foundation  I've been able to put into practical use at my job and helped me gain more responsibilities, like doing breakfast services. It was great to interact and serve customers and get some real hands on experience and feedback. I can't wait to do more and really test my skills.

Daniel Reed


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