Fees-FREE | NZ Certificate in Cookery (Marae Based) [Level 3]

Study Options



16 weeks


Level 3

Do you have a flair for food?

The NZ Certificate in Cookery (Marae Based) [Level 3] introduces you to a career working in commercial kitchens. It develops initial skills and knowledge to work safely with the main food ingredients using basic preparation techniques and cookery methods, as part of a team.  Practical learning will be in a local Marae with possible Master classes in EIT’s Commercial Production Kitchens.

The next offering of this programme starts Monday, 3 August at Waimarama Marae.

Graduates from this programme could go on to higher level catering and hospitality programmes.


Career Opportunities

The NZ Certificate in Cookery (Marae Based) [Level 3] programme offers you first employment opportunities as: a kitchen assistant in a range of establishments; starting positions in commercial catering business; cafe kitchen; junior positions in institutionalised catering (school and business cafeteria, rest homes).


  • Next course starts Monday, 3 August



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

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

  • Level 3 (one semester)
  • First Year: Level 4
  • Second Year: Level 5

You will also attain the International City and Guilds Certificate and Diploma in Food Preparation & Cooking upon successful completion of the pathway.

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


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.

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.


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

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.

Academic Learning Services

Academic Learning Services is here to assist you on your journey towards the successful completion of your studies at EIT. 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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Check Out Scholarships

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 scholarships@eit.ac.nz or call in for a chat.