NZ Certificate in Cookery [Level 4]

Study Options

Full-time, Part-time


1 year full-time


Level 4

Do you have a flair for food?

Do you want to become a chef? With the NZ Certificate in Cookery [Level 4] two study options are available:

  • You will undertake a one year journey starting with basic cooking and food preparation, and continue on to develop the skills to tempt and delight the taste buds of diners in fine dining restaurants locally, nationally and internationally.

  • If you are already employed or planning to be employed in a commercial kitchen, this programme is offered as a part-time In Work option over a two year period. You will study at EIT one day a week over the standard academic year whilst working a minimum of 20 hours a week in the workplace.

You will start with the NZ Certificate in Cookery [Level 4] and progress on to the NZ Diploma in Cookery (Advanced) [Level 5].


Level 4 Cookery and Professional Chef training at EIT is a full-time one year, or part-time two year (one day a week), journey which offers you stimulating studies and provides the opportunity to begin a career in the hospitality industry.

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

Subject Areas

Level 4 Modules:

  • Module 1 – Entremetier
  • Module 2 – Garde manger
  • Module 3 – Saucier
  • Module 4 – Patisseries

Industry-Based Training

As a full-time student, you will work on rostered lunch or dinner productions as part of routine classes during the year.

As a part-time In Work student, you will be expected to work a minimum of 20 hours a week in a commercial kitchen which is of a standard agreed to by EIT.

During the year full-time students will complete industry placement courses as part of the programme. Approximately 50 hours of industry-based experience per semester will ensure you develop professional networks, apply your professional skills in a commercial situation and complete an enterprise report.

Please feel free to make an appointment to discuss your study options. You can meet with our staff in person and view our facilities at EIT, or simply give us call on 0800 22 55 348.

Career Opportunities and Outcomes

The NZ Certificate in Cookery [Level 4] programme offers you enhanced employment opportunities in restaurants and commercial kitchens including specialist and commercial catering.

Your study pathway can continue with the NZ Diploma in Cookery (Advanced) [Level 5].


There are two entry dates per year:

  • February | Full-time, Hawke’s Bay only | Part-time, Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti
  • July | Part-time only, Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti


Entry Requirements

English Language Entry Requirement

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. 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.