Plant-based Cooking Training Scheme [Level 3]

Study Options



25 weeks


Level 3

Create balanced and exciting plant-based meals

A Level 3 Training Scheme course in plant-based cooking aligning traditional culinary techniques with plant-based ingredients.

This comprehensive course will teach you how to create balanced and exciting plant-based meals using fruits, vegetables, roots, herbs, nuts, whole grains, stems, seeds, and natural oils.

This training scheme is perfectly suited for anyone who desires a profession in whole foods cookery as well as beginners exploring alternative ways of cooking. It will exclude the use of animal products, processed and refined foods. We will cover the production of pastries and breads, basic pickling and fermentation technics and the use of a variety of methods of cookery. It will teach the specific use of different types of seaweeds, grains, leaves and plant-based proteins as well as nut milks. This is a comprehensive course focusing on satisfying, delicious and nutritious cuisines from across the world.

Register your interest now by contacting the Programme Secretary, Margaret Skews at or on 06 830 1421.


The Level 3 Plant-based Cooking Training Scheme course teaches you all you need to know to get started in the world of healthy, plant-based diets.  The programme covers six modules which will give you a solid foundation of fundamental culinary skills, product knowledge, key ingredients and their uses and benefits, plant-based cuisine from around the world, the art of seasoning and how to make delicious deserts. You will also gain a food safety qualification vital for your future career.

You are welcome to make an appointment to discuss your study options with our staff and to view our facilities.

Module 1 - Professional Culinary Skills and Product Knowledge

Module 2 - Grains, Pulses, Nuts and Seeds

Module 3 - Vegetable and Plant-based Foods

Module 4 - Specialised Plant-based Cuisines

Module 5 - Desserts and Pastry

Module 6 - Practical Assessment


$345.00 (NZ Residents price)


Course starts Tuesday, 29 March 2022 and ends on Tuesday, 25 October 2022.

It will run 5.00pm – 9.00pm, every Tuesday (except during term breaks).

Future Career Opportunities and Outcomes

Your study pathway could include moving onto:

  • Plant-based Complex Cooking [Level 4] Training Scheme
  • NZ Certificate in Cookery [Level 3]
  • NZ Certificate in Cookery [Level 4]

The Plant-based Cooking [Level 3] Training Scheme course offers you first employment opportunities as a kitchen assistant in a range of establishments; starting positions in commercial catering business; café kitchen; junior positions in institutionalised catering (school and business cafeteria, rest homes).


Entry Criteria

  • Meet the NCEA Level 1 Literacy and Numeracy requirement, or provide evidence of achievement at a higher level; or
  • If not able to satisfy the academic requirement above, be able to demonstrate interest in the industry and the potential to succeed.

Entry Process

Applicants with the NCEA Level 1 Literacy and Numeracy requirements are automatically accepted onto the programme.

An up-to-date CV or a personal declaration will be required of those without the NCEA criteria to demonstrate their potential to succeed. An interview will be carried out if the CV or personal declaration does not initially demonstrate the potential to succeed.

Acceptance onto the programme will be on a first come, first served basis.


Interviews will only be required in “out of the ordinary” applications. This will be conducted by the Programme Coordinator and overseen by the Head of School.

English Language Entry Requirements

Applicants for whom English is not their first language must have an acceptable level of English language fluency prior to enrolment in the programme. This may be demonstrated in a variety of ways, including successful study of a programme in which English was the language of instruction, completion of a New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 3 with an Academic endorsement), approved scores on IELTS tests (Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5) or completion of accepted international equivalents.

Entry with Credit

For information and enquiries about Recognition of Prior Learning and Cross Credit please contact Celia Kurta on 06 830 1146.

This pathway of study leads to the award of nationally approved qualifications.  These qualifications may be taught at a number of other tertiary institutes around New Zealand.  If you were to transfer to one of those other institutes you may be granted academic credit for some of the courses completed but this is at the discretion of the other institute.

Please note: Fees are not transferable between institutes.


EIT offers a variety of scholarships across various subjects and programme levels.  Some scholarships are based on your age, some are specific to the subject you want to study.  Not all scholarships are based on your academic ability and anyone wanting to study should investigate what scholarships are available to them.  

You can find a list of EIT scholarships here however there are many more scholarships offered nationally.  Information about these is on an database called “givME”. givME is accessible at EIT or at some public libraries. If you would like to come to EIT to look through the giveME database don’t hesitate to contact or call in for a chat.

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