NZ Certificate in Cookery [Level 3]

Study Options



18 weeks


Level 3

Do You Have a Flair for Food?

With New Zealand’s tourism sector booming, cafés and restaurants are demanding qualified staff. So, if you’re a foodie and enjoy cooking for others, why not make a career of it? This programme will teach you all the skills you need to do just that.

You will learn real world catering and cookery skills in modern training kitchens. Our qualified chefs, with decades of kitchen experience, will teach you the wide range of food preparation and cookery skills needed to succeed in the exciting and dynamic hospitality industry.


  • July



Applicants must

  • 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.


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.

English language entry requirement

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.

Entry with credit

For information and enquiries about Recognition of Prior Learning and Cross Credit please contact Celia Kurta, telephone 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.


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.


Large modern training and production kitchens are complemented by fully licensed restaurants on both Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti campuses and will be open to the public on selected days for breakfast, lunch and dinner from March to December. It is run by students from all of the hospitality programmes, and as such forms an integral part of these programmes.

So come in and have a chat about your study options with the staff at EIT or, simply give us a call on 0800 22 55 348. And you’re most welcome to visit and view our facilities at any time. See you soon!

Career Opportunities & Outcomes

The cookery pathway at EIT consists of three programmes:

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

NZ Certificate in Cookery [Level 3] programme offers you first employment opportunities as: 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).

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.

Find out more:

Hawke’s Bay Campus
Tairāwhiti Campus


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.