Certificate in Cookery Level 3

Certificate in Cookery Level 3

This programme gets students started with the skills to create basic dishes and required knowledge to work in a commercial kitchen environment. The programme mixes practical cookery training and real-world kitchen experience with fundamental health and safety and food safety theory.

Graduates can gain employment as junior or commis chefs or pathway to QRC?s Certificate in Cookery Level 4.

Programme at a glance

  • Level: 3
  • Credits: 60
  • Duration: 17 Weeks (including holiday weeks) over two terms

Course outline

Paper title Level
Fundamentals of Commercial Equipment and Knife Skills 3
Food Safe, Work? Safe and Security 3
Applied cookery skills; hot and cold larder dishes 3
Applied cookery skills; hot kitchen dishes 3
Applied cookery skills; patisserie dishes 3
Shift work experience (50 hours) 3


On completion of the programme graduates will receive the New Zealand Certificate in Cookery Level 3. Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • 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
  • Follow standard operating procedures to deal with familiar problems in a commercial kitchen
  • Apply fundamental cookery skills to prepare, cook and present a range of basic dishes employing commodities commonly used in industry

Entry requirements

The Certificate is open to students 17 years and over. Completion of NCEA Level 2 or equivalent is desirable. 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