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Certificate in Cookery & Bakery, Foundation Level 3

  • Full Time
  • 18 or 22 Weeks
  • 11 June 2024
  • NZ$4,220
  • NZQA Credits

Learn the skills to begin your culinary journey and as a baker or chef and gain confidence in a professional kitchen.

Learn the foundation skills and gain confidence in the kitchen to begin your professional culinary journey as a baker or chef. 

The Foundation Certificate in Cookery & Bakery, where you begin your culinary career and gain confidence in a professional kitchen.

This programme forms the first semester of the New Zealand Certificate in Cookery Advanced Level 4


Baking & Culinary Arts

A well-rounded introduction to fundamental cooking and baking techniques, help you learn to master a series of inspired classic dishes.

Building this important foundation knowledge of the French Culinary tradition unlocks a deeper understanding of cookery that can then be applied to many other styles of baking and cooking. Fresh, high quality local ingredients are the basis of what we prepare every day.

Example dishes:

  • Quiche Lorraine with shortcrust pastry, bacon and mesclun salad
  • Briased onion tart with mesclun salad
  • Choux puff with chocolate ganache and crème patissiere
  • Pan-seared snapper with roast red pepper salsa
  • Seared beef sirloin with parsley butter
  • Eggs Benedict with crispy bacon on English muffins
  • From shortbread to Chocolate brownie
  • From classic sponge with Chantilly cream to Orange Cake with lemon cream

Food Safety Training

You will learn about food safety in a commercial kitchen and complete unit standards-based certification.

Knife Skills

You will learn essential knife skills to ensure safe and efficient equipment use, providing training you will use for the duration of your career.


Graduates will be able to work as junior chefs in cafés, restaurants, bars, clubs resorts and hotels.


We recommend that students complete the second semester and gain the level 4 Certificate in Cookery Advanced (Level 4). Students can then go on to complete more specialised level 5 diploma programmes including the NZ Diploma in Cookery (Level 5). 

Page Updated: 13 Mar 2024

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June 2024

  • 11 June 2024 - 4 October 2024 (18 Weeks)
  • Tuesday - Friday, 8am - 2pm (4 days per week)

October Weekend Stream 2024

  • 1 October 2024 - 16 February 2025 (18 Weeks)

    • Christmas Holiday: 21 December 2024 - 5 January 2025
  • Friday: 10am - 4pm;
  • Saturday, Sunday: 9am - 5pm

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