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Certificate in Culinary Arts Level 3

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Level of Study



20 weeks

Next start date

Expected Oct 2024


Ignite Colleges


Whip up a new career at Ignite Colleges’ recently-opened cookery school. Learn from top chefs in brand-new commercial kitchens, gain skills the cookery industry urgently needs, and build real industry experience with an internship.

What will I learn?

This hands-on course will give you the knowledge and expertise you need to start your career in this fast-paced, creative industry. Build foundation chef skills in our cutting-edge training kitchens and complete an internship for some real workplace experience.

You will cover:

  • Basic dishes with meat, egg, fish, pulses, grains, rice, pasta, vegetables and fruit
  • Basic sauces, stocks and soups
  • Food safety
  • Workplace health and safety
  • Communication skills
  • 40-hour internship with an industry employer

What qualifications will I gain?

New Zealand Certificate in Cookery Level 3

Where will this take me?

This qualification will show employers you have the skills and knowledge to step into the industry in a junior level chef role. Work your way up from there – or give your career a boost by staying on to gain your Level 4! Either way you’ll stand out from the crowd by having trained at Ignite Colleges!

Employment opportunities

While many chefs master their craft in restaurants, cafes and hotels, there are plenty of other workplaces that require the skills of a culinary arts professional, such as:

  • bars and taverns
  • cruise ships
  • corporate catering firms
  • hospital kitchens
  • airport catering companies
  • bakeries
  • fast food outlets

Entry criteria

If you are 16 years or older, seeking a stepping stone to a junior chef position in the cookery sector, start your journey here.

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