New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 4)

Get stuck into some serious hands-on learning during this programme with loads of practical cooking in our training kitchens and a work placement in a local business. Build your range of cooking skills so you can prepare, cook and present a variety of dishes, develop your hospitality management skills, learn how to create a safe workplace, and discover how to develop communication, leadership, and critical thinking.

About the programme

Begin your journey from cook to chef.

This programme involves lots of hands-on, practical cooking in our training kitchens and a work placement in a local business. It will expand the skills you have developed in a Level 3 cookery programme.

As well as developing a range of cookery skills enabling you to prepare, cook and present a variety of dishes, you will gain hospitality management skills and techniques which will allow you to create and maintain successful food operations. In turn, this will enable you to learn the important steps necessary to operate and evaluate the performance of a food operation. You will also learn how to develop communication, leadership, and critical thinking skills and how to create a safe workplace.

The work experience opportunity will allow you to apply your hands-on learning outside of the classroom and is a great chance for you to increase your knowledge and develop real-world skills.  

Courses

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

  • Monitor and maintain health and safety, food safety, and security practices to ensure your own safety and minimise potential hazards for customers.
  • Monitor and maintain interactions between colleagues, managers, and customers.
  • Monitor and maintain the application of standard operating policies and procedures to work roles in a commercial kitchen.
  • Apply cookery skills to prepare, cook and present a range of cold larder dishes employing complex preparation and presentation techniques.
  • Apply cookery skills to prepare, cook and present a range of hot kitchen dishes employing complex preparation and presentation techniques.
  • Apply cookery skills to prepare, cook and present a range of patisserie and desserts employing complex preparation and presentation techniques. 
Course Title (Compulsory) Level Credits
Introduction to Complex Cookery 4 45
Complex Cookery 4 45
Work Experience 4 15
Capstone 4 15
Total   120

Health and safety

There are a number of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) issues associated with practical work in areas specific to a commercial hospitality 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 programme specific risks in more detail. 

Further study options

After successfully completing this Certificate, you will be in a great position to apply for the New Zealand Diploma in Cookery (Advanced) (Level 5) (Cookery) offered in Central Otago, the New Zealand Diploma in Hospitality Management (Level 5) offered in Dunedin or the Bachelor of Culinary Arts offered in Dunedin.

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.