Diploma in Cookery (Advanced) Level 5 - Cookery Strand

East Auckland - 3 February 2025

The Culinary Collective

Fees Free!
NZQA Level: 5
NZQA Credits: 120
Learning Style: Mixed Online / In-Person Learning
35 weeks
Start Date:
End Date:
31 October 2025

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 working internationally.

Got your sights set on becoming a top chef? This course expands on The Aspiring Chef (Level 4) course and will arm you with a range of advanced culinary techniques to take you further in your career. If you haven’t done Level 4, but have some cookery experience, you may be able to take this course too.  

Learn about a range of international cuisines, the finer points of running a commercial kitchen and how to create an original menu. Visit local food suppliers to see where some of the food or ingredients you work with comes from and you’ll have an opportunity to secure an internship where you’ll gain invaluable work experience.

56-60 Carbine Road, Mount Wellington, Auckland 1010

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

Domestic Students

  • 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.

International Students

  • 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.

Find out if you meet the conditions by calling StudyLink on Freephone 0800 88 99 00 or visit www.studylink.govt.nz


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