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Certificate in Cookery (Level 4) (Managed Apprenticeship)

Broaden your capability in the workplace, while you work.

If you already work in a hospitality environment, this option enables you to gain a qualification by undertaking much of your study at work.

You, your employer and Ara will enter into a training agreement which provides an individual training plan with regular feedback as you progress through the programme. You’ll receive on-job training and coaching from your employer and our industry training professionals. You’ll also gain knowledge and practical skills within our training kitchens at Ara. Then you’ll be able to showcase your skills through practical, on-the-job assessment opportunities.

The course covers the skills required to create a wide range of complex dishes, from hot meals to desserts and pastries. You’ll learn about preparation and presentation techniques, food safety, health and safety, operating policies of commercial kitchens and communication practices between colleagues, managers and customers.

This programme is also available as a full-time study option.

To meet Health and Safety requirements, applicants must be physically able to undertake the practical components of the programme in an industry emulated environment.

Please note: TTAF funding is no longer available for this study option, however, we encourage you to explore if you’re eligible for Fees-Free study. More information is available here.

Please also note: A Greymouth intake of this programme - delivered by Ara | Te Pukenga using the training kitchens at Tai Poutini | Te Pūkenga - is available. To apply, click on the View Dates & Apply button on this page and select the Greymouth option.

Fees for 2024

Domestic Fee
$1,824 - $2,174 per year
Valid To
December 31, 2024

10 NCEA Level 1 literacy credits and 10 NCEA Level 1 numeracy credits

OR New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 3) OR equivalent

OR If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.

Still want to study but don't meet the Academic Requirements?

  • If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.
  • Note: The number of courses you have to complete for this qualification may be reduced where you have relevant credits from previous study, or evidence of similar learning or experience in the workplace.

What if English is not my first Language?

If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study.

  • Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.
  • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
  • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS or other test through the Ara Examination Centre or in your home country.
  • IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.
  • What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?
  • You do not need to provide additional evidence of English Language skills.

Overall IELTS 5.5 Academic

  • 5.0 Listening
  • 5.0 Reading
  • 5.0 Writing
  • 5.0 Speaking

Funding assistance

If you face unexpected financial hardship during your studies, we have several funds that you can apply for. These are designed to enable you to continue your current course of study. We also have a wide range of scholarships and awards that can provide financial assistance.

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Career opportunities

This qualification will give you the skills to work as an intermediate-level chef in a professional kitchen.

Study pathways

Graduates with this qualification can progress to the New Zealand Diploma in Cookery (Advanced) (Level 5) with strands in Cookery and Patisserie.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Maths
  • Food technology

New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 4)

PART-TIME - 1 Year

Broaden your capability in the workplace, while you work.

Type Certificate
Code NZ2101
May be available for Study Visa? Yes
Credits 120
Level 4
Additional Equipment/Fees $1000 Approximately for uniforms, knives, and textbook
Available Part time Yes
May be eligible for Fees Free? Yes
Reference NZ2101-WORK

Fees for 2024

Domestic Fee
$1,824 - $2,174 per year
Valid To
December 31, 2024
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Credit Recognition

If you have prior relevant experience or previous related study credits, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

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