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New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 3)

This course is available


Level of Study



17 weeks

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


SIT Queenstown Campus


SIT's School of Hospitality offers professional level training for those who aspire to become chefs within the hospitality industry.

This programme will develop your knowledge and culinary skills and help develop the necessary flair and creativity in the culinary arts to gain employment in this exciting and dynamic industry.

On completion of the New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 3), graduates will have the knowledge and skills to:

  • Apply fundamental cookery skills to prepare, cook, and present a range of basic dishes employing commodities commonly used in industry
  • Follow standard operating procedures to deal with familiar problems in a commercial kitchen
  • Apply health and safety, food safety, and security practices to ensure own safety and minimise potential hazards for customers
  • Communicate effectively and behave in a professional manner with colleagues, managers, and customers.

Course Content

  • NZC301 Monitor and maintain core skills and knowledge of health, safety and security practices within a hospitality operation
  • US167 Practise food safety methods in a food business under supervision
  • NZC302 Conduct and apply effective workplace communication and professional practices within hospitality operations
  • NZC303 Comply with, maintain, implement and evaluate standard operating procedures within a kitchen operation
  • NZC304 Prepare and cook basic stocks, sauces and soups
  • NZC305 Prepare and cook basic vegetable dishes in a commercial kitchen
  • NZC306 Prepare and cook egg dishes in a commercial kitchen
  • NZC307 Prepare and cook rice and farinaceous in a commercial kitchen
  • NZC308 Prepare and cook basic pasta dishes in a commercial kitchen
  • NZC309 Prepare and cook basic fish dishes in a commercial kitchen
  • NZC310 Prepare and cook basic meat dishes in a commercial kitchen
  • NZC311 Prepare and cook basic hot and cold dessert items in a commercial kitchen

Career Opportunities

This course aims to provide competent, professional employees for the hospitality sector who are able to work as chefs in junior positions producing basic dishes in a commercial kitchen.

Satisfactory Completion

To satisfactorily complete the New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 3) and be awarded this qualification, the student must successfully achieve a minimum of 60 credits in accordance with the programme schedule for the New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 3). The student will normally be expected to complete the New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 3) full-time within 17 weeks.

Qualification Pathways

Graduates of this Level 3 programme can enrol in the New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 4) and then the New Zealand Diploma in Cookery (Advanced) with strands in Cookery.

Entry criteria

Entry into the New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 3) (or equivalent) will be granted to applicants who:

  • Can attend an interview that may be part of the application process;
  • Can provide a verified valid work permit/ visa;
  • Meet the NCEA Level 1 Literacy and Numeracy requirement, or provide evidence of achievement at a higher level or
  • If over 20 and not able to satisfy the academic requirement above, be able to demonstrate interest in the industry and the potential to succeed;
  • Have competence in English and can demonstrate adequate literacy and/ or numeracy skills to enable them to meet all academic and health and safety requirements of the programme/course in which they enrol;
  • Can demonstrate a keen interest in hospitality and indicate a reasonable likelihood of successful completion of the programme;
  • Are prepared to meet the work ethic required for a career in the hospitality industry;
  • Have a high level of personal presentation

English Language Requirements:

  • IELTS test - General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5
  • TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 500 (with an essay score of 4 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 35 (with a writing score of 14)
  • Cambridge English Examination - B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 154. No less than 154 in each skill.
  • OET - Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests
  • NZCEL - a) Expiring Level b) Current: a) Level 3 (General) or (Workplace) b) Level 3 (General)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 36 with no band score lower than 36
  • Language Cert - B1 Achiever IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than PASS in each skill

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