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

Earn while you learn with our in-work cookery qualification which is designed for those already working in a kitchen. Learn to design your own advanced dishes and menus, to manage workflow, staffing and supplies in a commercial kitchen. Develop a deep understanding of sustainable practice, and ensure you’re current with regional, national and global cuisine trends.

About the programme

Earn while you learn with our in-work cookery programme! 

Designed for those already working in a culinary environment, you'll design your own advanced dishes and menus; learn how to manage workflow, staffing, and supplies in a commercial kitchen; develop a deep understanding of sustainable practice; and ensure you're current with regional, national and global cuisine trends. 

We offer this programme from both our Cromwell and Dunedin campuses. 

Involving a series of bespoke masterclasses, we'll ensure learning is tailored to your needs. You'll also take part in five, three-day workshops and five, in-work check-in days. 

Our Dunedin offering involves an application of prior learning process (APEL). See more info in the entry section below.  

Working while learning will enable you to reflect on and analyse your current practice and implement changes to how you work. 

Studying part-time 

We know full-time study isn't always possible. We also offer this programme part-time over two years.


Course name Level Credits
Introduction to Advanced Cookery 5 45
Cookery 5 45
Work Experience 5 15
Capstone 5 15
Total   120

When you graduate from this programme, you'll be able to: 

  • monitor and maintain health and safety; food safety; and security practices to ensure your own safety and to 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,
    • range of hot kitchen dishes, and a 
    • range of patisserie and desserts 
  • employ complex preparation and presentation techniques. 

Further study options

When you graduate, you'll be in a great position to apply for our Bachelor of Culinary Arts (offered at our Dunedin Campus). 

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.


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.