Cookery

The future is looking fresh for future chefs in the Hospitality industry.

It’s an exciting time to be at the forefront of the local food scene and be a part of building the future industry in Te Tauihu (Top of the South). Our expert tutors, who are all renowned chefs in their own right, will support you on your journey, helping to connect you with local businesses and sharing their passion for food.

Aspiring chefs and hospitality staff get to put their learning into action in our on-site cafe, restaurant and bar, Rata Room, which is open to the public for lunch and dinner once a week. By the time you graduate from the Trainee Chef course, you’ll have plenty of experience under your belt and be confident to walk into a job as a qualified chef.

The programme is designed to be immersive, realistic and fun with the sole purpose of readying you for real work in the real world. You’ll benefit from NMIT’s strong relationships with local businesses and hospitality experts - from restaurants and cafes to global food producers and world-class chefs.

Many of our students are offered part-time work while studying and our graduates have an excellent reputation in the hospitality industry.

The Nelson region has many artisan producers and is known for its seafood, fresh produce, craft beer, cider and wine, so you’ll be working with some of the finest local ingredients and learning from the industry leaders who make them.

In addition to the Trainee Chef programme, NMIT offers a range of short courses, including the popular Bar Manager’s Course, Food Safety Practices, and Artisan Cheesemaking.

Upcoming intakes

New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (General) (Level 3) 23 May 2022
New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Production (Level 4) (Nursery Production) 23 May 2022
New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Skills (Level 2) - Viticulture 30 May 2022
New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Skills (Level 2) - Logistics and Distribution 31 May 2022
Maritime Operations - Skipper Restricted Limits 06 June 2022
Sustainable Aquaculture (Level 4) 13 June 2022
Fishing Vessel Crewing – Advanced Deckhand Fishing 27 June 2022
New Zealand Certificate in Carpentry (Level 4) 01 July 2022
New Zealand Certificate in Heavy Automotive Engineering (Level 4) (Road Transport), (Plant and Equipment) 01 July 2022
New Zealand Certificate in Light Automotive Engineering (Level 4) 01 July 2022
New Zealand Certificate in Engineering Fabrication (Trade) with strands in Heavy Fabrication and Light Fabrication 01 July 2022
New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Trade) with strands in Fitting and Machining and General Engineering 01 July 2022
New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Electrical Engineering (Level 4) 01 July 2022
New Zealand Certificate in Joinery (Level 4) with strands in Cabinetry, Timber Door and Window, Timber Stairs, and Laminate Fabrication 01 July 2022
Diploma in Marine Engineering Class 3 and Class 4 04 July 2022
Aeroplanes 1 Training Scheme 04 July 2022
Turbine Engines Training Scheme 04 July 2022
Avionics 1 Training Scheme 04 July 2022
Human Factors Training Scheme 04 July 2022
Air Law Training Scheme 04 July 2022
Aircraft Materials Training Scheme 04 July 2022
Aircraft Engineering Knowledge Training Scheme 04 July 2022
Electrical Fundamentals Training Scheme 04 July 2022
Mathematics and Physics Training Scheme 04 July 2022
Rotorcraft Training Scheme 04 July 2022
Compass Compensation Training Scheme 04 July 2022
New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Level 3) 06 July 2022
Maritime Crewing - STCW Able Seafarer Deck 11 July 2022
New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service (Level 3) Barista and Café Services Strands 18 July 2022
New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) 18 July 2022
New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Production (Level 4) (Fruit Production) - Viticulture 18 July 2022
New Zealand Certificate in Aeronautical Engineering (Level 4) 18 July 2022
New Zealand Diploma in Arts and Design (Level 5) 18 July 2022
New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 5) (Leadership and Management) 18 July 2022
New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 5) (Accounting) 18 July 2022
New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Level 6) (Civil Engineering) 18 July 2022
New Zealand Diploma in Arts and Design (Level 6) 18 July 2022
New Zealand Diploma in Aeronautical Maintenance Certification (Level 6) 18 July 2022
Graduate Diploma in Information Technology 18 July 2022
Bachelor of Arts and Media 18 July 2022
Bachelor of Viticulture and Winemaking 18 July 2022
Bachelor of Information Technology 18 July 2022
Bachelor of Career Development 18 July 2022
Graduate Certificate in Career Development 18 July 2022
Bachelor of Commerce 18 July 2022
Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Management 18 July 2022
Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Management 18 July 2022
Master of Applied Management 18 July 2022
New Zealand Certificate in Hospitality (Level 2) 18 July 2022
Foundation Skills in Sport, Recreation and Coaching (Level 2) 18 July 2022
Foundation Skills (Level 2) - Introduction to Career Pathways 18 July 2022
New Zealand Certificate in English Language (General) (Level 3) 18 July 2022
New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Applied) (Level 3) 18 July 2022
Sustainable Aquaculture (Level 3) 18 July 2022
New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 4) 18 July 2022
Kaitiaki Whenua – Trainee Ranger 18 July 2022
Kaitiaki Whenua - Project Moturoa 18 July 2022
New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 5) 18 July 2022
Graphic Design: Branding and Identity Training Scheme 18 July 2022
Graphic Design: Promotional Artwork Training Scheme 18 July 2022
Digital Photography Training Scheme 18 July 2022
Video Production Training Scheme 18 July 2022
Front-end Website Design Training Scheme 18 July 2022
New Zealand Diploma in Career Development (Level 6) 18 July 2022
Graduate Diploma in Marketing 18 July 2022
Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting 18 July 2022
Graduate Diploma in Accounting 18 July 2022
Graduate Diploma in Management 18 July 2022
Graduate Certificate in Management 18 July 2022
New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills (Level 1) 25 July 2022
New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills (Level 2) 25 July 2022
New Zealand Diploma in Christian Studies (Level 5) 25 July 2022
Diploma in Nautical Science 25 July 2022
Te Pōkaitahi Reo Māori (Reo Rua) (Kaupae 2) 26 July 2022
Te Pōkaitahi Reo (Reo Rua) (Te Kaupae 4) 26 July 2022
Preparing Research for Publication Training Scheme 01 August 2022
New Zealand Certificate in Cellar Operations (Level 3) 15 August 2022
New Zealand Certificate in Cellar Operations (Level 4) 15 August 2022
Te Pōkaitahi Reo (Reo Rua) (Kaupae 1) 22 August 2022
Certificate in Nursing (CAP) (Level 7) Training Scheme 22 August 2022
Certificate in Marine Engineering Class 6 22 August 2022
New Zealand Certificate in Apiculture (Level 3) 29 August 2022
Certificate in Marine Engineering Class 5 26 September 2022
Maritime Operations - Skipper Fishing Vessel Limited 10 October 2022
Maritime Operations - Master <500GT Near Coastal 10 October 2022
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