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NZ Diploma in Cookery (Advanced) (Level 5) – Pâtisserie strand

Study Options



1 year


Level 5

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Do you have a flair for pâtisserie?

Do you want to become a Pâtisserie Chef? Once you have completed the NZ Certificate in Cookery or Baking (Level 4), the NZ Diploma in Cookery (Advanced) (Level 5) – Pâtisserie Strand delivers all the practical skills you need to create fine pâtisserie and pastry dishes.

The Pâtisserie strand includes advanced pâtisserie techniques, complex confections, cakes, pastries, breads, plated desserts, decorative chocolate and sugar work.

Employment can follow in fine dining restaurants, cafés, bakeries and specialized pâtisserie establishments.

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.



Our Pâtisserie programme delivers all the practical skills you need to create fine pâtisserie / pastry dishes through a combination of demonstrations, practical sessions and theory lessons.

You will be learning from our world-class lecturers who have experience working in senior positions in the world’s finest pâtisseries, kitchens and Michelin starred restaurants. Our facilities include purpose-built kitchens, ensuring that you are thoroughly grounded in all aspects of the trade.

The pathway for the NZ Diploma in Cookery (Advanced) (Level 5) – Pâtisserie strand at EIT | Te Pūkenga 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: NZ Certificate in Cookery and/or NZ Certificate in Baking (Generalist) (Level 4)
  • Second Year: NZ Diploma in Cookery (Advanced) (Level 5) – Pâtisserie strand

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

Your future career opportunities

The NZ Diploma in Cookery (Advanced) (Level 5) – Pâtisserie strand provides you with enhanced employment opportunities in fine dining restaurants and commercial kitchens including specialist and commercial catering.

Possible employment opportunities include

  • Chef de Pâtisserie in restaurants
  • Head pastry chef/manager in a large operation
  • Head section chef in hotels
  • Self-employment in a pâtisserie shop or bakery/café, as a chocolatier, cake decorator, confectioner or private caterer


There is one entry date per year:

  • February


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.

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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 scholarships@eit.ac.nz or call in for a chat.