Trainee Chef (Level 4)

  • Fees Free eligible programme

    Learn more(external link)

  • Locations and dates


    25 February 2019
    22 July 2019
  • Study options

    Full-time and part-time study options available

  • Length

    One year full time

  • Total credits


  • Fees

    $6,792 plus $240 Student Services Levy

    Fees listed are for each year of the programme, indicative only and may vary with course selection. View course details for individual fees.

  • National qualification code

    NZ2101 - New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 4)

New programme.

Take your first steps towards becoming a professional chef in a region renowned for its food and artisan producers.

This menu focused programme means you will learn all aspects from planning and costing a menu to cooking, plating and serving the dishes.

Learn from world experienced tutors, guest speakers and demonstrators.

Benefit from NMIT's strong relationships with local businesses - from restaurants and cafes to global food producers - to build your knowledge and relationships.

Experiences you will love

plated dishes

Take part in events to learn the heat of a real kitchen. In recent years students have supported the Wakatū Incorporation 40th anniversary dinner, supported the catering for the VIPs at the All Black's game and many other events.

You will also regularly cook for the onsite training restaurant, The Rata Room.


What others say about working with NMIT cookery students

Helen Murphy, Head Chef at the Cod and Lobster Brasserie said, "A huge thank you to you and your team at NMIT for the help with the catering for the Dancing for a cause dinner. I was very impressed with the calibre of the students who were involved."

Hannah from Garage Project involved in a beer degustation event said, "Very impressed with your students' work. The matches were lots of fun and I think they captured the creative vibe of Garage Project very well."


Karena and Kasey with NMIT students

Masterchef winners and TV chefs, Karena and Kasey Bird, said, "We found working with NMIT very positive, and they were able to provide us with a team that were competent, enthusiastic and helpful. They were willing to learn, and went about the tasks in a very professional manner. We would not hesitate to recommend working with NMIT, and would use them again in the future."

Chef and Fishmonger, Martin Bosley, said, "The spirit, enthusiasm and professionalism shown by your team and the students involved was extraordinary." 

Gain more than one qualification

This one year programme is the perfect stepping stone to a career in cookery and a pathway for Culinary Arts (Level 5).

Choose to do the world renowned City and Guilds international qualification(external link). Alongside your certificate, this qualification will take you anywhere in the world. It is well known in the United Kingdom and Europe.

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