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Certificate in Cookery, Advanced Level 4

  • Full Time
  • 36 Weeks
  • 11 June 2024
  • NZ$8,730
  • NZQA Credits

Continue your studies in the culinary arts after completing the 18 week long course, Certificate in Cookery, Foundation. Gain the specialist skills you need to start an exciting career in the culinary arts and graduate with industry recognised and respected qualifications in this 36 week long advanced course.


The Advanced Certificate in Cookery consists of two semesters. Semester One covers the Certificate in Cookery, Foundation and Semester Two builds on these foundation skills. Speed, accuracy and consistency are characteristics that you will develop. As your confidence grows you learn to correct mistakes, adjust seasoning and enjoy experimenting with flavours.


Following on from what you've learnt in the Foundation course you will learn a variety of specialist culinary and kitchen management subject areas.

Weekly Specialist Workshops

  • Artisan Breads
  • Mediterranean
  • Pates & Terrines
  • Chocolate workshop

Culinary Techniques

As the programme progresses you will focus on preparing three-course menus.

These include

  • Quiche Lorraine with mesclun salad
  • Rack of lamb
  • Confit of duck leg, pommes Anna
  • Paella with shellfish
  • Beef Wellington with Sauce Bernaise
  • Pacific oysters with tomato and chilli salsa
  • Tarakihi en papillote with Sauce Supreme
  • Raspberry and chocolate macaroons

Menu Planning & Costing

This module starts with an introduction to commercial kitchen setup. Menu planning and costing helps you develop an awareness of food costs while learning how to create a well-balanced menu. During the programme you will work individually to design menus for specific occasions and within a set budget. This helps your understanding of the skills required to succeed in a hospitality and culinary environment while further developing your general knowledge of cookery.


Explore the concept of food & wine matching and an introduction to the world of wine, completing the Certificate in New Zealand Wine Micro-credential.

Work Placement

During the programme, you will have four weeks work placement at the end of Semester two. This gives you invaluable hands-on experience in some of Auckland’s premier cafés and restaurants. During this time you will gain real-life insights into working as a junior chef in a restaurant and café. Many students are offered full-time work at these businesses following their work experience module.


Graduates will be able to work as junior chefs in cafés, restaurants, catering, bars, clubs resorts and hotels. Due to the highly practical nature of this course, NZSFW graduates are attractive to prospective employees. 


Page Updated: 13 Mar 2024

Our success stories


Eddie Chae has just completed the Level 4 Cookery Diploma at the NZSFW. He has also ran some barista courses at the school with Oliver Hay.

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Kim Do originally comes from Vietnam and moved to New Zealand four & a half years ago with her partner and is currently based in Wellington.

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Lucie is originally from the United Kingdom and was travelling in New Zealand about two years and has completed her Advanced Cookery program.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How many students in the class?

    NZSFW has a maximum of 16 students per class.

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June 2024

  • Semester One: 11 June 2024 - 4 October 2024
  • One week break
  • Semester Two: 14 October 2024  - 28 February 2025
    • Christmas Holiday: 21 December 2024 - 5 January 2025

October 2024

  • Semester One: 1 October 2024 - 30 January 2025
    • Christmas Holiday: 21 December 2024 - 5 January 2025
  • One week break
  • Semester Two: 10 February 2025 - 13 June 2025


  • Semester One: Tuesday - Friday, 8am - 2pm (4 days per week)
  • Semester Two: Monday: 8am - 2pm;
    Tuesday - Thursday: 10am - 4pm (4 days per week)
  • Hours may vary for events and specialist workshops. 
  • Work placement: 80 hours

Short Cookery Micro-Credentials

NZSFW offers a range of professional Cookery Micro-Credentials that run over 20 sessions. For more information, please view:

Study Fees Free

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International Students

Auckland is a vibrant, multicultural city beside the sea and touches two oceans - the Tasman and the Pacific. It offers the best of both worlds - all the buzz, entertainment, nightlife and cultural activities of a big city, as well as an outdoor lifestyle with numerous sporting and leisure activities.

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