NZ Certificate in Cookery [Level 4]

Study Options



1 year


Level 4

Do You Have a Flair for Food?

Do you want to become a chef? With the New Zealand Certificate in Cookery 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.

You will start with the New Zealand Certificate in Cookery Level 4 and progress on to the New Zealand Diploma in Cookery (Advanced) Level 5.  And, you will also be working your way to attaining City and Guilds internationally recognised qualifications.



The optional course Culinary Concepts will run for three weeks full-time prior to the beginning of the other four courses. It is for those students who cannot meet the standard entry requirements and require upskilling in basic introductory cooking skills. It will be compulsory for these students to ensure that when the Level 4 content begins, that all students are able to participate in teaching and learning activities at a similar level, and some students do not hold up the rest of the cohort.

Practicum, Work Experience

During the year all students will work on rostered lunch or dinner productions as part of routine classes.

During the year students will complete industry placement courses as part of the programme. Approximately 50 hours of industry-based experience per semester will ensure students develop professional networks, apply their 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 at EIT, or simply give us call on 0800 22 55 348. And you’re most welcome to visit EIT to view our facilities at any time.

Career Opportunities & Outcomes

The pathway for cookery and professional chef training at EIT is a full-time two year journey which offers you stimulating studies and provides the opportunity to begin a career in the hospitality industry.

The pathway consists of two programmes at different levels that build upon one another:

First Year: Level 4
Second Year: Level 5

You will also attain the International City and Guilds International Diploma in Food Preparation and Cooking upon successful completion of the programme.



  • February – pre-requisite course (Culinary Concepts)
  • March – programme start


Entry requirements

Study Pathways

Pathway – Professional Chef Practice (Advanced) Level 5.

Upon completion the Professional Chef Practice Level 4 programme offers you enhanced employment opportunities in restaurants and commercial kitchens including specialist and commercial catering.

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.