NZ Certificate in Cookery (Level 3)

Study Options



18 weeks full-time


Level 3

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Do you have a flair for food?

If you are a foodie and enjoy cooking for others, why not make a career of it? This programme will introduce you to the skills you need to get a career working in commercial kitchens.

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.

We aim to provide competent employees for the hospitality sector who are able to work as chefs in junior positions producing basic dishes in a commercial kitchen. This programme is designed:

  • To provide for those individuals who are employed or will be employed as chefs in junior positions, a credential that will support their employment opportunities in a commercial kitchen across the hospitality sector.
  • To establish standards of professional practice for basic cookery that can provide customers with confidence in a range of hospitality environments.

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 and to view our facilities.

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)

The NZ Certificate in Cookery (Level 3) programme 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).


Tairāwhiti campus

There are two entry dates per year:

  • February
  • July

Hawke’s Bay campus

There is one entry date per year:

  • July


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.

Find out more:

Hawke’s Bay Campus
Tairāwhiti 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 or call in for a chat.