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

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Take your passion for cooking to the next level, where you will build on the knowledge and techniques developed in the Certificate in Cookery (Level 4) and gain the expertise required for progression as a chef in the hospitality industry. 

In this course you will develop advanced cookery skills as well as administrative and kitchen management skills from running a commerical kitchen to creating original menus. You’ll get to visit a New Zealand food supplier to see where some of the food or ingredients you work with comes from and gain invaluable industry experience with a five week internship in a highly-ranked restaurant.

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 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.

Course content includes:

  • Kitchen management skills
  • Advanced cooking methods and production methods
  • Kitchen design
  • International cuisines
  • Menu development - from development, marketing and preparation.
  • How to build good working relationships in commercial kitchens.
  • Industry experience with a five week internship in a commercial kitchen.

What qualifications will I gain?

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


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

International Students:

Tuition Fees: NZD$ 19,500

Course Fee: NZD$ 2,500

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

Domestic Students

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

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.

* Other English Tests / evidence may be approved as advised by NZQA

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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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