New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 3)

Learn essential food preparation and cookery techniques and gain valuable commercial and kitchen experience in our training restaurant. In this entry-level programme, you will learn about health and safety, food safety, and how to interact with customers. This programme provides a great pathway into our Level 4 qualification.

About the programme

Strong basic culinary skills are the foundation that cooks and chefs build their professional reputation on.

During this hands-on programme, food preparation and cookery techniques are central to your learning, and you will gain valuable instruction from highly-skilled teachers. Develop your theoretical knowledge with topics such as food safety, health, and safety legislation, and catering for specific dietary requirements, and benefit from gaining commercial and kitchen experience in our training restaurant.

If you're an Otago senior secondary school student, you may be able to study this programme through our Otago Secondary-Tertiary College (OSTC). To apply, you need to contact your school careers advisor. This starts in February. 

Courses

Upon successful completion of this qualification, you will be able to:

  • Apply health and safety, food safety, and security practices to ensure own safety and minimize 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. 
Course Title Level Credits
Apply health, safety, and security practices to service delivery operations 3 5
Apply food safety practices in a food-related establishment 3 5
Interact with other staff, managers, and customers to provide service delivery outcomes 3 5
Apply standard operating procedures and the code of conduct to a work role in a service delivery organisation 3 5
Prepare and cook basic stocks, sauces, and soups in a commercial kitchen 3 5
Prepare and cook basic vegetable dishes in a commercial kitchen 3 6
Prepare and cook egg dishes in a commercial kitchen 3 4
Prepare and cook basic meat dishes in a commercial kitchen 3 8
Prepare and cook basic fish dishes in a commercial kitchen 3 4
Prepare and cook rice and farinaceous dishes in a commercial kitchen 3 6
Prepare and cook basic pasta dishes in a commercial kitchen 3 3
Prepare and cook basic pastry dishes in a commercial kitchen 3 4
Total   60

Health and Safety

There are a number of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) issues associated with practical work in areas specific to a commercial kitchen environment. These include, but are not limited to, burns from hot liquids or hot objects and cuts from sharp instruments. You will have access to an orientation booklet that covers the associated risks in more detail.

Further study options

Upon completion of this Certificate, further your learning and skills with our New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 4).

A change for 2023 enrolments

When you apply to study with Otago Polytechnic in 2023, you will be enrolled with Te Pūkenga, the new national network of vocational and applied education in Aotearoa New Zealand. You will learn in the same way, in the same place, and with the same people. The great news is that this enables us to share skills and knowledge across a network of passionate education providers, to better help you succeed. Enrolling in programmes that start in 2023, means that you will graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification.

Disclaimer

While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.