Certificate in Cookery Level 4

Certificate in Cookery Level 4

This certificate builds on a student’s cookery skills and confidence, practical experience and operational knowledge of commercial kitchens. Students train in professional practice for complex dishes, focusing on creative thinking in food preparation and presentation as well as front of house operations.

Practical experience is gained through shifts in commercial kitchens working alongside industry professionals. Graduates can work as chef de partie and sous chefs.

Programme at a glance

  • Level: 4                     
  • Credits: 120
  • Duration: 34 weeks (including holiday weeks) over three terms

Course outline

Paper title Level
Advanced Food handling, health and safety skills 4
Applied cookery skills; complex hot and cold larder dishes 4
Applied cookery skills; complex hot kitchen dishes 4
Applied cookery skills; complex hot and cold patisserie dishes 4
Applied Front of House Operations 4
Introduction to Contemporary Kitchen Management 4
Shift work experience 4


On completion of the programme, graduates will receive the New Zealand Certificate in Cookery Level 4. Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Monitor and maintain health and safety, food safety and security practices to ensure own safety and minimise potential hazards for customers
  • Monitor and maintain the application of standard operating policies and procedures to work roles in a commercial kitchen
  • Apply preparation, cookery and creative presentation skills across larder, hot kitchen and patisserie dishes

Entry requirements

The Certificate is open to students 17 years and over who have completed Cookery Certificate Level 3 or equivalent. Applicants not meeting this requirement will be considered case by case.

All students will be interviewed as part of the application process.

If English is not your first language, you are required to show a minimum IELTS Academic score of 5.5 with no band below 5.0 (equivalent tests accepted).

How do I apply?

  1. Complete the Application Form and all necessary documentation
  2. Submit via email to the Admissions team via email at
  3. Complete an interview with the Head of School