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NZ Diploma in Cookery (Advanced) (Level 5) – Cookery strand

Please note this programme is on hold for 2024.

Study Options



1 year


Level 5

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Do you have a flair for food?

The NZ Diploma in Cookery (Advanced) [Level 5] – Cookery strand includes global cuisine, modern cooking techniques, menu planning, costing and charcuterie.

Do you want to become a Professional Chef?

With this Diploma you will 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.

NOTE: You will be required to cook with and consume all types of meat. If you are vegetarian, or have a specialised diet, please talk to us before applying.


Gain a professional cookery qualification in the hospitality industry.

You will be able to operate with some supervisory and management responsibilities in kitchen environments locally, nationally and internationally.

The pathway for cookery and professional chef training at EIT | Te Pūkenga 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: NZ Certificate in Cookery (Level 4)
  • Second Year: NZ Diploma in Cookery (Advanced) ([Level 5) – Cookery Strand

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

Your future career opportunities

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

Possible employment opportunities include:

  • Chef de Cuisine in smaller businesses
  • Assistant management in commercial caterers
  • Self-employment
  • Sous Chef in larger business



There is one entry date per year:

  • February


Entry requirements

Entry with Credit

Academic learning services

Academic Learning Services is here to assist you on your journey towards the successful completion of your studies at EIT | Te Pūkenga. Our aim is for you to become confident, competent and independent learners.

We have dedicated advisors who can assist with your learning.

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Hawke’s Bay Campus


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