NZ Diploma in Cookery (Advanced) [Level 5] Cookery strand

Study Options



1 year


Level 5

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Do You Have a Flair for Food?

Do you want to become a Professional Chef? With the NZ Diploma in Cookery (Advanced) – Cookery Strand – [Level 5] is a step up to an advanced level of Cookery, which includes modern techniques and methods with diverse projects in global and local cuisines. Employment can follow in fine dining restaurants, cafes and in specialized food production industries.

The pathway for cookery and professional chef training at EIT is a full-time two year journey which offers you stimulating studies and provides the opportunity to begin a career in the hospitality industry.

The pathway consists of two programmes at different levels that build upon one another:

  • First Year: Level 4 – NZ Certificate in Cookery
  • Second Year: Level 5 – NZ Diploma in Cookery (Advanced) – Cookery Strand

You will also attain the London City & Guilds Award, Diploma in Food Preparation and Cooking at completion of the programme.


NZ Diploma in Cookery (Advanced) – Cookery Strand – [Level 5] is a programme that consists of 120 credits.

Students who have completed the diploma at another institution and wish to complete a further strand with EIT, are able to do so, subject to their original qualification having been completed within the five years prior to their enrolment at EIT. Those who completed the diploma over five years ago will undertake a Cross Credit/ Recognition of Prior Learning process through which they will be guided by the programme coordinator.

The diploma incorporates the NZ Certificate in Cookery [Level 4] and the NZ Diploma in Cookery (Advanced) – Cookery Strand – [Level 5].

Industry Based Training

During the year all students will work on rostered lunch or dinner productions, mid-week, in fully licensed training restaurants on site as part of routine classes.

Students will complete industry placement courses as part of the diploma programme.

Approximately 100 hours of industry-based experience per semester will ensure students develop professional networks, apply their professional skills in a commercial situation, and complete an enterprise report.

Please feel free to make an appointment to discuss your study options. You can meet with our staff in person at EIT, or simply give us call on 0800 22 55 348. And you’re most welcome to visit EIT to view our facilities at any time.

Career Opportunities & Outcomes

The NZ Diploma in Cookery (Advanced) Cookery Strand – [Level 5] provides graduates with enhanced employment opportunities in fine dining restaurants and commercial kitchens including specialist and commercial catering.

For example: Chef de Cuisine in smaller businesses, Assistant Manager in commercial caterers, Self-employment or a Sous Chef in larger businesss.

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


There is one entry date per year:

  • February


Entry requirements

International entry requirements

Academic Learning Services

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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.