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

New Zealand needs trained chefs, so now is the perfect time for you to study towards this qualification.

In this course you'll learn to prepare, cook and present a wide range of dishes to an advanced level in our purpose built kitchens. You'll also learn to work under pressure creating meals at our Atrium restaurant, right here on campus! Plus you'll learn to work in a supervisory capacity within the kitchen environment.

Programme information for international students

Field trips are sometimes arranged to catering businesses and food shows, and there may also be the opportunity to enter culinary competitions.

Content Details

  • Advanced Food Production and Cookery
  • Global, Local and Ethnic Cuisine
  • Operational Procedures
  • Supervising and Managing Food Production Staff
  • Food Production Development
  • Artisan Food Preparation
  • Planning and Organisation
  • Food and Beverage Events
  • Menu Costing and Design
  • Industry Work-Based Project (unpaid)


Planned intakes*: February, May, July, September
Delivery modes: Full-time
Locations*: Rotorua (Mokoia Campus), Rotorua (Waipa Campus), Tauranga (Windermere Campus), Tokoroa
Duration: One year

* subject to change. Intakes may vary between locations.

To see full details of the next available intake please visit the application form.

Indicative Fees

2017 domestic students $6,552.00

2017 international students $19,952.00

The fee shown for domestic students is applicable to New Zealand citizens and permanent residents. If an international fee is not listed above please refer to the international fees page. All fees are indicative only and subject to change.

You MAY be eligible for a StudyLink Student Loan for your tuition fees.

Find out if your programme qualifies by visiting the Studylink website.

If you also need to pay course related costs, i.e. if outlined in programme costs above, you need to apply separately to StudyLink (up to $1,000/academic year for eligible students). Note course related costs are paid directly into your bank account by StudyLink and you will be required to pay this to Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

Qualifications Gained

Upon successful completion of the programme you will receive:

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

Career Opportunities

We have a long history of producing work-ready, top quality chefs. Potential employers include:

  • Hotels and resorts
  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Bars
  • Function centres
  • Catering companies
  • Airlines and cruise ships
  • Hospitals and care facilities

Entry Criteria

  • To gain entry to the Culinary Arts programme, applicants will need to hold the New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 4) qualification or an equivalent qualification as approved by the Group Leader or Programme Co-ordinator. Alternatively applicants must be able to demonstrate equivalent knowledge and skills in culinary arts to the Group Leader or Programme Co-ordinator.
  • In addition, students must be able to confirm that they will have the physical capability to safely withstand 4-8 hour sessions of working in the commercial kitchen environment.

Information Meeting

We may require you to attend an information meeting prior to offering you a place on the course. This is your opportunity to find out more about the course to see if it fits your career aspirations and for us to ensure you meet our entry requirements.


International applicants for whom English is not their first language will be required to show evidence of language competency, issued within the last two years, before being eligible to enrol in any non-English programme. The level of competency required is outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013. And below under the title English Competency.

English Competency

Level 5 certificate or diploma IELTS Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed NZ Certificate in English Language L4 with the Academic Endorsement or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013.

For domestic applicants for whom English is not their first language, evidence of language competency may be required.