West Coast Trades Academy


If your passion is cooking and you want to work as a chef this programme is the one for you. This programme will prepare you with the basic skills to begin working in a kitchen or provide you with the ability to progress into further training.

A programme of introductory cookery with relevant theory and practical learning is the start of a career where you can work all over the West Coast, New Zealand or overseas. Employment options include kitchen hand, chef or cook. Further training options include Professional Culinary Arts Level 4 and 5, or there are specialised training options such as patisserie, baking or butchery.

Our commercial kitchens are equipped to a high standard to cater for all your learning needs. Check out West Coast Trades Academy on Facebook to see what cookery students prepare during their training.

During the course students are introduced to specialist cooking areas such as baking, fish filleting, commercial catering as well as learning about food safety and expanding their knowledge of culinary products.

Key details

Credits:Level 2: 22
Level 3: 26
Duration:34 weeks per year, this is a 2 year programme
Timetable:9am - 3pm Thursdays: Year 1
9am - 3pm Fridays: Year 2
Starts:February 2024
Ends:November 2025
ProviderTai Poutini Polytechnic

What you will learn:

Employment Options:

Further Study Options:

  • Check out the 2024 Programme PDF Guide here!
  • Talk to your school Trades Academy co-ordinator or careers advisor

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