Diploma in Cookery (Advanced) Level 5 - Cookery Strand

Central Auckland - 12 June 2023


NZQA Level: 5
NZQA Credits: 120
Learning Style: In-Person Learning
35 weeks
Start Date:
End Date:
29 March 2024

This qualification is designed for learners who already have intermediate skills in cooking, and wish to upskill to an advanced level. This programme covers advanced cookery techniques, as well as kitchen management and menu design, and includes a 5 week internship at a well-regarded restaurant. This programme equips learners with the skills to take up a chef role in the hospitality industry, and is a pathway to the International Managment Institute in Switzerland to complete an internationally recognised qualification in hospitality training.

Take your passion for cooking to the next level, where you will build on the knowledge and techniques developed in the Certificate in Cookery (Level 4) and gain the expertise required for progression as a chef in the hospitality industry.

In this course you will develop advanced cookery skills as well as administrative and kitchen management skills from running a commercial kitchen to creating original menus. You’ll get to visit a New Zealand food supplier to see where some of the food or ingredients you work with comes from and gain invaluable industry experience with a five week internship in a highly-ranked restaurant.

All Cookery graduates from NZMA will have the opportunity to pathway with the International Management Institute (IMI) in Luzern, Switzerland, to complete an internationally recognized qualification from an institute that is ranked 12th in the world for hospitality training. Students will also have the opportunity to receive work experience through their excellent network of contacts in the industry, including the Ritz-Carlton, Marriot, Fairmont, Intercontinental, Four Seasons, and Disney – just to name a few.

This course is delivered by The Culinary Collective, New Zealand’s new cooking and hospitality school who are part of NZMA.

100 Symonds Street, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010

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


  • You need to be at least 17 years old.

  • Have a New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 4), or an equivalent qualification.

  • Or have three years' relevant and current industry experience.


  • You need to be a minimum of 18 years old at the start of the course.

  • Have completed secondary school overseas or have equivalent work experience.

  • If English is your second language, you need an English level of 5.5 IELTS or equivalent with no band score lower than 5 (other English tests or evidence of your English language ability may be approved as advised by NZQA).

  • You must have travel and medical insurance and a valid visa.

* Other English Tests / evidence may be approved as advised by NZQA

If you meet certain conditions you can get a student loan and allowances. Find out if you meet the conditions by calling StudyLink on Freephone 0800 88 99 00 or visit www.studylink.govt.nz.

The cost can be different depending on the subject and duration of the course. View the course cost for New Zealand students here.


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