New Zealand Diploma in Cookery (Advanced) (Level 5) (Patisserie Strand)

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Our diploma course will give you a range of skills in advanced patisserie techniques, including how to make artisan breads, pastries, tarts, gateaux and more.

You will learn what it takes to manage a bakery and get ready to work in a supervisory role in the baking and patisserie sides of the food industry. As part of the course, you’ll get real-world experience in the form of a five-week internship in a commercial bakery or kitchen.  

This course is delivered by The Culinary Collective, New Zealand’s brand new cooking and hospitality school who are part of NZMA.

What will I learn?

  • How to manage a bakery, operating procedures, laws and standards
  • How to prepare and make a wide range of advanced patisserie and yeast goods.
  • Planning and monitoring workflow and all the supplies that are commonly used when baking or working as a patisserie chef.
  • Advanced skills in patisserie from how to prepare and create a range of mouth-watering gateaux, and torte cakes to hot and cold desserts.
  • Five weeks internship spent working in a commercial kitchen or bakery.

What qualifications will I come away with?

  • New Zealand Diploma in Cookery (Advanced) (Level 5) (Patisserie Strand)


Course Costs

New Zealand Students:

Student loans and allowances are available if you meet the criteria.
Find out if you're eligible by calling StudyLink on Freephone 0800 88 99 00 or visit

Entry Requirements

Domestic Students

  • You need to be at least 17 years old.
  • Have a New Zealand Certificate in Baking (Level 4), or an equivalent qualification.
  • Or have three years' relevant and current industry experience. (you'll need to show competency in Cookery, Maths and English). 

International Students

  • You need to be a minimum of 18 years old at the start of the course.
  • Have completed secondary school overseas or New Zealand Year 11 from a New Zealand TEO) or have equivalent work experience.
  • If English is your second language, you need an English level of 5.5 IELTS or equivalent with no band score lower than 5 (other English tests or evidence of your English language ability may be approved as advised by NZQA).
  • 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 4)

  • Certificate in Baking (Generalist) (Level 4)

  • New Zealand Diploma in Cookery (Advanced) (Level 5) (Cookery Strand)

  • New Zealand Diploma in Cookery (Advanced) (Level 5) (Patisserie Strand)

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