Student chef working in kitchens

Culinary Arts Year 1

New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 4)


Course details


Students in this programme will develop cookery skills to prepare, cook and present food, employing complex preparation and presentation techniques. Students will learn standard operating policies and procedures to enable them to work in a commercial kitchen.

This programme will give students the New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 4) qualification.

​View programme modules

Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
COOK301​Cookery Fundamentals 1​

Cookery Fundamentals 2​
COOK303​Hot Kitchen​
COOK404Complex Hot Kitchen ​
COOK405Complex Cold Larder​
COOK406Complex Patisserie​
COOK407Complex Desserts​
COOK408Culinary Operations and Professional Practices​
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Frequently asked questions

Undergraduate, semester, pathway, module and cross-disciplinary - what do these words mean?

Undergraduate means any study up to the level of completing a bachelor degree. Our academic year is made up of two main semesters, one from February to June and the other from July to November. We also have a summer semester for some classes. A degree is made up of a mix of compulsory and elective modules, modules are worth between 15 and 60 credits. A year’s worth of full time study is 120 credits. 

Career/further opportunities

Graduates may be employed as a chef producing complex dishes in a professional kitchen.


Entry criteria

You can apply for this programme if you meet one of the below options.

Based on your school achievement (secondary school study)

  • 40 credits at NCEA Level 1; including 10 literacy credits and 10 numeracy credits;
  • Or a recognised equivalent.

Based on study completed after school (tertiary study)

  • A relevant course at NZQF Level 2;
  • Or a recognised equivalent.

Based on discretionary entrance

If you don’t meet any of the above options, and you think you have what it takes to complete this programme, you can apply for discretionary entrance. Your application may be accepted if you can demonstrate a good chance of success. Approval of discretionary entrance applications is decided by the relevant manager. If your application is approved, your acceptance into further programmes relies on you demonstrating success in this programme.

Selection criteria

Candidates may be required to take part in a selection interview process. ​

English language requirements

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 5.5, with no individual band score lower than 5; or equivalent.

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Hospitality and Cookery pathway diagram

Please check the entry criteria for each programme to see which course is the best level for you to begin with. The entry criteria information can be found on each of the programme pages here online. You can also contact us directly to discuss the appropriate level for you at

Your first day

Are you ready for your first day of class? Check out your start date and where you need to be. You can also find useful information about studying at Wintec on our welcome page.

Students starting in February 2020

Date: Tuesday 4 February 2020
Time: 9am-12pm
Venue: Class Room rkLg.14, L Block level 1, Rotokauri Campus

Returning students in February 2020

Date: Friday 7 February 2020
Time: 10am-12pm
Venue: Class Room rkLg.14, L Block level 1, Rotokauri Campus

Students starting in July 2020

Date: Wednesday 8 July 2020
Time: 11am-1pm
Venue: Class Room rkLg.14, L Block level 1, Rotokauri Campus

What you will need

Timetable information

All Wintec timetables are available online here.

How to find your way around

Campus maps can be found here.

Parking and bus information

Both the Rotokauri and City campuses have parking available - permits are required. Learn more about parking and find out about discounted bus services here.

He reo pōwhiri  - Your official welcome to Wintec

You are warmly invited to attend the official welcome to Wintec for all new students, staff and whānau (family) at either our marae, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa or Rotokauri campus. Please gather at the campus hubs, and a staff member will guide you through our pōwhiri.

Click here to find out where and when the next Pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

Course related costs

International students: Uniforms and equipment supplied is included in the tuition fees for international students (not included are shoes and dress pants)

Domestic students: Uniform and equipment suppliers/costs are approximate (Students to purchase the following):
 Uniform - Chefs (available from Listed Suppliers) (approx. $400 to $500)
 Uniform - Restaurant (available from Direct Group Uniforms - 6 Latham Court (off Kahikatea Drive) Hamilton) (approx. $160)
 Equipment - Knives & Small Equipment (approx. $500 to $770)

You may be eligible to receive $1000 course-related costs through StudyLink. Please contact StudyLink on phone: 0800 889 900 or apply online:

Additional information

Equipment/Uniform Suppliers:
 Direct Group Uniforms - 6 Latham Court (off Kahikatea Drive) Hamilton
 Southern Hospitality - 47 King Street, Hamilton
 Burns & Ferrell - 60 Alexandra Street, Hamilton
 House of Knives - Auckland 0508 564-837




Purchasing textbooks

If your programme requires you to have access to textbooks, these can be purchased through a range of suppliers listed below:

Hamilton-based supplier

  • Bennetts (Bennetts has a store operating on campus at the University of Waikato, Hamilton)

New Zealand-based suppliers

General book suppliers

First aid certificate

Health status


Uniform (chefs) (available from Listed Suppliers ) (approx. $400 to $500)
 3 X Chefs Jackets - White polycotton; double-breasted; long sleeve, black or white buttons
 3 X Chefs Pants - Blue check polycotton
 3 X Skull Caps - White polycotton 
 3 X Waist Apron - White cotton; calf length
 9 X Tea Towels - Heavy-duty polycotton (3 per kitchen lesson)
 Black shoes (Leather enclosed, non-slip, non-marking)

Uniform (Restaurant) (Must be purchased from Direct Group Uniforms - 6 Latham Court (off Kahikatea Drive) Hamilton (approx. $160)
 2 x Kingswood long sleeve shirt (Black) men's and women's - $28.00 each
 2 x Polycotton apron (black) with pocket - $10.00 each
 1 x Black Tie - $14.00
 1 x Detroit Pant (Black) Men's and Women's - $46.00

To be purchased elsewhere (or you may already have- please bring in to see if suitable, this includes international students)
 Dress trousers
 Black Shoes: covered toes, low heel, formal type shoes


Knives & Small Equipment List (approx. $500 to $770)
 1 X 20-21cm Cooks Knife
 1 X Boning Knife
 1 X Steel
 1 X Teaspoon
 1 X Dessert Spoon
 1 X Piping Bag with Tubes
 1 X 300mm Wooden Spoon
 1 X Scissors
 1 X 8-10cm Office Knife
 1 X Filleting Knife
 1 X Metal Spatula
 1 X Fork
 1 X Rubber Spatula
 1 X Pastry Brush
 1 X 120mm Pastry Scraper
 1 X Refillable Gas Lighter
 1 X Turning Knife
 1 X Bread Knife
 1 X Peeler
 1 X Table Knife
 1 X Knife Edgeguard
 1 X 300mm Whisk
 1 X Zester
 1 X Knife Roll or Suitable Container
 1 X Food Temperature Probe

Clinical placement

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