New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 4)

FutureCOL Chef training focuses on skills the Hospitality industry demands so is a great place to start a career in cookery.

FutureCOL culinary arts programmes are well established before students advance onto the sophisticated complex cookery where creativity and personal choices become important.

FutureCOL students are given opportunity to establish their own food styles while gaining skills and confidence in cookery. Each student brings to the classroom their own culture, food experience and preferences making for a dynamic mix of students where experimentation is encouraged and students learn from each other.

FutureCOL’s multicultural learning environment has Tutors and students from global origins creating a unique learning hub reflecting the global nature of modern workplaces.  Start out in a new career by getting training and exposure to this new world of work that is applicable to any country in our global planet.


Hastings, Hawke’s Bay

Course Brief

The New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 4) programme is designed as an entry into the hospitality industry with an aim of becoming a Professional Chef operating with high standards at the upper level of the industry.

The New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 4) consists of eight modules at level 4 totalling 120 credits. Content covers:

  • Health and safety in a commercial kitchen
  • Standard operating procedures and communication in professional customer focused environments
  • Developing preparation and complex cooking skills across a range of different food types, methods of cooking and presentation.

Graduate Outcome

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Monitor and maintain health and safety, food safety and security practices to ensure own safety and minimise potential hazards for customers.
  • Monitor and maintain interactions between colleagues, managers and customers.
  • Monitor and maintain the application of standard operating policies and procedures to work roles in a commercial kitchen.
  • Apply cookery skills to prepare, cook and present a range of cold larder dishes employing complex preparation and presentation techniques.
  • Apply cookery skills to prepare, cook and present a range of hot kitchen dishes employing complex preparation and presentation techniques.
  • Apply cookery skills to prepare, cook and present a range of patisserie and desserts employing complex preparation and presentation techniques.

Admission Criteria

For admission to this programme, candidates must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • International students require IELTS 5.5 with no band less than 5.0 (Academic) or the equivalent level of English.


Course fees apply. If eligible, NZ Students can apply for Studylink Student loans and allowance. This investment toward a future career is where job prospects are high. Students in part-time work while studying provides extra income above your allowance.

Talk with our administration staff to see how you go about applying in advance so by the time course starts, you can concentrate on study and be assured of income to support your studying.

By course completion there are a wide range of cookery and kitchen jobs found in hospitality establishments all across NZ. There are so many different types of food establishments; cafes, wineries, restaurants, family dining, fine dining, establishments in towns, smaller and larger cities.

Hotels and tourism complexes all require staff and as NZ has become an international travelers tourist destination, more places are opening up creating even more employment opportunities.

Your FutureCOL practical “hands on” study will prepare you well for a career in the twenty first century global hospitality industry in both NZ and intentionally.

You can achieve the following qualification:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 4)

Intake Dates:

  • 2016: 01 December
  • 2017: 26 January, 02 March, 29 June, 27 July, 28 September, 26 October
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