FREE | NZ Certificate in Cookery (Marae-based) (Level 3)

Please note this programme is on hold for 2024. Register your interest for 2025 by clicking on the Enquire now button.

Study Options



18 weeks


Level 3

Do you have a flair for food?

The NZ Certificate in Cookery (Marae-based) 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 at a local marae with possible master classes at the EIT | Te Pūkenga commercial production kitchens.

As a graduate from this programme you could go on to higher level catering and hospitality programmes.

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.


The pathway for cookery and professional chef training at EIT | Te Pūkenga 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 are welcome to make an appointment to discuss your study options with our staff.

Your future career and study opportunities

The cookery pathway at EIT | Te Pūkenga consists of three programmes:

  • NZ Certificate in Cookery (Level 3)
  • NZ Certificate in Cookery (Level 4)
  • NZ Diploma in Cookery (Advanced) (Level 5)

This programme offers you first employment opportunities as:

  • 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)


PLEASE NOTE: This programme is on hold for 2024.  Register your interest for 2025 by contacting Margaret Skews, Programme Administrator, on 06 830 1421 or


Entry requirements

English language 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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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 or call in for a chat.