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Diploma Programme in Professional Cookery (Level 5) (2 Years)

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This two-year course covers the advanced cookery knowledge and skills required for progression as a chef in the hospitality industry. In addition to kitchen management skills, students graduate with advanced skills in either applied cookery or patisserie.

All Cookery graduates from NZMA will have the opportunity to pathway with the International Management Institute (IMI) in Luzern, Switzerland, to complete an internationally recognized qualification from an institute that is ranked 12th in the world for hospitality training. Students will also have the opportunity to receive paid work experience through their excellent network of contacts in the industry, including the Ritz-Carlton, Marriot, Fairmont, Intercontinental, Four Seasons, and Disney – just to name a few.

What will I learn?

  • Food safety, knife-handling skills, safe working methods and preparation of basic stocks, sauces and soups
  • Preparation of basic hot and cold dessert items, basic pastry dishes and dough products
  • Food costing, preparation of basic fish and meat dishes
  • Preparation of rice and farinaceous dishes, and egg dishes
  • Preparation of health-based dishes, complex bread and dough products and complex soups
  • Preparation of complex pasta dishes, poultry dishes and seafood dishes
  • Preparation of complex pastry products, hot and cold desserts and cakes, sponges and biscuits
  • Preparation of complex meat dishes and cold larder products


International Students:

Year 1:

Tuition Fees: NZD$ 19,500

Course Fee: NZD$ 2,500

Year 2:

Tuition Fees: NZD$ 12,450

Course Fee: NZD$ 1,500

Year 1:

Tuition Fees: NZD$ 19,500

Course Fee: NZD$ 2,500

Year 2:

Tuition Fees: NZD$ 12,450

Course Fee: NZD$ 3,000

The New Zealand Government has imposed an international student levy on tuition and course related fees. From 1 January 2019 the levy will be 0.89% of the compulsory tuition fees.

Entry Requirements

  • Students must be 18 years old or older.
  • Applicants without formal qualifications must meet the minimum requirements of the NZMA placement asesssment. 
  • Applicants must have an appropriate level of English proficiency for the level at which they intend to study.
  • International students must have a minimum IELTS academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5.0.
  • You must have travel and medical insurance and a valid visa.

All our Cookery courses

  • Vocational Pathway for Service Industries - Level2

  • Certificate in Cookery (Level 3)

  • Certificate in Cookery (Level 4)

  • New Zealand Diploma in Cookery (Level 5) (1 Year)

  • Diploma Programme in Professional Cookery (Level 5) (2 Years)

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