NZ Certificate in Cookery (Level 4)

Study Options

Full-time, Part-time


1 year full-time


Level 4

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Do you have a flair for food?

Do you want to become a chef?

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.

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.


Level 4 Cookery and Professional Chef training at EIT | Te Pūkenga 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.

Our new part-time In Work programme allows you to continue to work and earn whilst having access to all the EIT | Te Pūkenga amenities and support during your two year study period. You will achieve the NZQA approved NZ Certificate in Cookery (Level 4) combining real world experience in the work place whilst gaining knowledge, skills and techniques in our modern training kitchens.

Subject areas

Industry-based training

Your future career and study opportunities

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 (Pre-requisite course, Culinary Concepts, starts January if required)
    Full-time offering, Hawke’s Bay only
    Part-time offering, Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti

  • July
    Part-time offering only, Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti


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.