Otago Polytechnic

 Cookery

Begin your journey from cook to chef.

You'll learn essential kitchen techniques, supervisory and business skills, and get work experience to increase your knowledge and develop your industry skills. 

A cookery qualification gives you a huge range of job opportunities - in restaurants, bars and cafés, or in catering companies, vineyards, or hotels.

What are you waiting for?

PROGRAMMES

New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 3)

  • Dunedin or Central Otago
  • 1 semester full-time (Dunedin); 1 day per week for 1 year (Central Otago)
  • Level 3
  • Starts February and July (Dunedin); February (Central)
  • Apply by 30 November and 30 April. Late applications will be accepted based on availability of places.

Learn essential food preparation and cookery techniques and gain valuable commercial and kitchen experience in our training restaurant during this hands-on programme.

New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 4)

  • Dunedin or Central Otago
  • 1 year full-time
  • Level 4
  • Starts February (and July in Central Otago)
  • Apply by 30 November (Dunedin - late applications will be accepted based on availability of places); 15 January or 8 June (Central Otago)

Begin your journey from cook to chef in this programme available at both our Dunedin and Central Otago campuses. Involving lots of hands-on, practical cooking in our training kitchens, and a work experience opportunity, this qualification will expand the skills you have developed in a Level 3 cookery programme.

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

  • Central Otago
  • 1 year full-time
  • Level 5
  • Starts February
  • Apply now!

This practical qualification includes lots of hands-on cooking in our training kitchens and a work placement in a local business. You will develop a range of cookery, hospitality management, communication, leadership and critical thinking skills, and benefit from the chance to source your ingredients straight from the campus nursery, modern glasshouses and vineyard.