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

Gain an internationally recognised qualification and learn advanced cooking methods and techniques, a la carte menu planning, costing and design, as well as kitchen management and supervisory skills

Build on your existing skills to understand and apply advanced cooking techniques. Learn artisan skills such as sausage and cheese making. Develop your supervisory and kitchen management knowledge in menu planning, costing and dish design. A substantial industry placement in a commercial kitchen will support your learning.

For international students, this course can be aggregated with the New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 4) as a combined two-year programme. 

What you will learn

  • Advance your dish presentation ideas using best-practice and contemporary techniques
  • Learn how to design, develop, plan and cost menus
  • Use advanced culinary skills such as smoking, curing and sous vide to provide a variety of products for menu diversity
  • Kitchen operations and the management of resources using sustainable practices 
  • Food safety, allergens and special diets 
  • The influences of global cuisine 
  • Traditional and modern larder techniques and preparations
  • Artisan crafts cheesemaking and sausage making

Career options

Perfect if you have long-term career aspirations for any of the following positions:

  • Kitchen manager
  • Sous chef
  • Banquet chef
  • Executive chef
  • Food production manager


Entry requirements

Under 20:

New Zealand Certificate in Cookery Level 4, or equivalent.

Over 20:

      If you’re 20 years or over, you may qualify for special admission on this programme. Contact us if you don’t meet the entry criteria as provided on the Under 20 tab.


New Zealand Certificate in Cookery Level 4, or equivalent.

International students - minimum IELTS (academic) score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5, or equivalent.

Find your country's equivalent academic entry requirements here

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* International fees shown here do not include insurance and administration (currently approximately $780 per year of study)

Course-related costs

Knife kit and scales (you may have these from Level 4), textbook (approximately $90), suitable footwear for wearing in kitchens (non-slip rubber soles).


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