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New Zealand Diploma in Cookery (Advanced) (Cookery Strand)

Level 5

Do you dream of becoming a top chef?

This programme expands on the Level 4 Certificate and will provide you with increased capability in advanced patisserie techniques. It is also ideal for those with some experience in baking, who have gained the basic skills to go straight to diploma level. 

Course Content

You will cover the following four modules:

Kitchen Management: in this block you will be offered an introduction to academic writing which will set you up for future work. You will learn key skills in the fields of financial management, human resources, staff development, business ethics, kitchen design briefs and regulatory requirements.

Products and Production Systems: on the theory side you will investigate historical culinary influences and will compare artisan methods in the mass production of culinary products. The practical skills taught include the cooking and presenting of a range of advanced food items using a variety of production methods.

Kitchen Design: in this module you will get to design a commercial kitchen layout and investigate regional cuisines from around the world, including their nutritional impacts. Practical work will cover a range of advanced international cuisines.

Menu Development: the final block offers you the skills and insights to establish positive workplace relationships. You will learn about the development, marketing, preparation and cooking of an original menu for a commercial hospitality environment.


50 weeks including 10 weeks of holiday. 

Entry Requirements

  • Candidates must be 17 years or older.
  • Candidates must have:
  • New Zealand Certificate in Cookery or Baking (Level 4), or equivalent; or
  • Three years' relevant and current industry experience. IELTS score of at least 5.5 (with no band lower than 5.0), or an NZQA-approved equivalent (for international students who speak English as a second language).
  • An interview may be required. 

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Career Opportunities

  • CafĂ© Head Chef
  • Medical Facility First Cook
  • Industrial Catering Sous Chef
  • Hotel Sous Chef
  • Catering and Events Junior Sous Chef
  • Restaurant Sous Chef
  • Rest home First Cook 

2019 Intake Dates

  • 21 January
  • 25 February
  • 1 April
  • 13 May
  • 17 June
  • 29 July
  • 2 September
  • 14 October

Course Costs

Student loans and allowances are available through StudyLink.

Qualifications Awarded

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

Key Information For Students

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

Entry Requirements

Minimum requirements
Detailed requirements


1 Year

Tuition Fees - Total Qualification

Student fees: $8,009
Government tuition subsidy: $8,611
Total: $16,620

Compulsory Student Services Fee

Student loan information: StudyLink

Student Success

Successful course completions: 92%

National Graduate outcomes

(3 years after completion)

Median earnings : $36,313
Earnings range: $27,240 - $42,629
In employment: 71%
In further study: 20%

Note: all KIS information is the most recent available relating to domestic students only.

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