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This qualification is designed for learners who want to upskill in cooking, with vocational training in the preparation of different foods, cooking techniques and disciplines. This highly vocational programme allows learners to gain confidence working in commercial kitchens, and equips learners with all the skills needed to seek employment in commercial kitchens.
The first step to becoming a chef, this course gives you the practical experience and key skills you need to start working as a cook in commercial kitchens or study further to become a chef. You’ll learn how to prepare all kinds of tasty dishes, from delicious sauces and soups through to meat and fresh seafood.
From here, many Aspiring Chef students go on to do the International Chef course (Level 5).
You need to be at least 17 years old.
Have NCEA Level 1.
If you do not meet these requirements you may still be enrolled if you show the motivation and the skills needed to succeed in the course.
You should be physically able to do the practical components of this programme.
You need to be a minimum of 18 years old at the start of the course.
Have completed secondary school overseas or New Zealand Year 11 from a New Zealand TEO) 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.
- Course costs for New Zealand domestic students are available here.
- Course costs for International students are available here.
If you’re planning to start tertiary study or training for the first time you may be eligible for fees-free. Ask one of our course advisors to help or visit the Fees Free website.
If you meet certain conditions you may be eligible for a student loan and allowances.
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