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We are excited to welcome you to our cutting-edge online NZQA Qualifications*.

This assessment is for all Hospitality and Culinary Industry Professionals with a minimum of 2 year’s industry experience. Previous education, experience and qualifications are assessed by one of our highly-qualified Chef Assessors who will gather evidence and assess you in the following:

  • Culinary Theory
  • Practical Knowledge, Skills & Experience
  • Culinary Standards
  • Work Place Appraisals
  • Training Records
  • Demonstrated Abilities
  • Detailed Documented Evidence of Skills, Training and Work Experience

The RPL process is designed for those keen to gain a certificate to recognise their practical experience and translate that into a qualification to advance their career options. You may apply for this course if you are living in New Zealand. Please note that as this course was earned through RPL rather than through study in New Zealand, it is best to speak with immigration if you are wishing to present this qualification in support of an immigration application as the points awarded may vary.


What our students say about this course


I would recommend International Culinary Studio and the RPL process for the New Zealand Certificate in Cookery. The process itself is simple and it is a great refresher on background knowledge and skills building. My chef instructor was very approachable and helpful with my exam prep. and no question was too silly. Having already had 25 years industry and hospitality experience this has just helped cement my skills and it is fantastic to have the ‘piece of paper’!

Liz Maynard

RPL NZQA Level 4


Do you have a full time job, family obligations or just study better on a flexible schedule?


No commuting expenses and online study is significantly more affordable

Adaptable Learning:

  • Studying online develops self discipline, self motivation, and better communication skills
  • Personalised one on one tuition
  • Review learning material or practice as many times as you need

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Students will be required to prepare a portfolio of evidence clearly demonstrating competence on the level required to meet learning outcomes. Decisions are made on an individual basis based on the evidence provided, as to whether any additional theory or practical examinations are required to take place.

Students will be required to prepare a portfolio of evidence clearly demonstrating competence on the level required to meet learning outcomes. Decisions are made on an individual basis based on the evidence provided, as to whether any additional theory or practical examinations are required to take place.

A non-refundable administration fee of $499 applies to all International Culinary Studio RPL applications. On submission of your evidence students will be required to pay the RPL programme fee of $1999 (or a deposit of if using our payment options).

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to Contact us our team is on hand to assist you with everything you may need.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) enables industry professionals currently employed in the Hospitality Industry with a minimum of 2 years experience to apply to have their work experience assessed. On successful completion of the checkpoints online, via our Learner Management System, you may be eligible to complete a final Internationally recognised New Zealand Culinary Qualification.

Each level within the New Zealand Framework of Qualifications will require evidence of work to support the application. This is done through proof of work experience. The RPL assessments should be in line with the level of RPL sought.

The RPL and Cross Credits assessment is initially conducted online where you can also submit all supporting documents. There may be a skills test and an exam will be required. The length of time the process of assessment takes will depend on the level of experience and/or other qualifications and previous experience.

The following process will be undertaken to measure if the student meets the specific learning outcomes required for the specific qualification they are wanting RPL or Credit for.

The process is as follows:

  • Identify what the candidate knows and can do
  • Match the candidates skills, knowledge and experience to specific standards and the associated criteria of a qualification
  • Assess the candidate against the standards
  • Credit the candidates for skills, knowledge and experience built up through formal, informal and non-formal learning that occurred in the past

There are a number of sources of evidence for assessing competence, which include:

  • On-job experience
  • Questioning the learner about the task
  • Written evidence that the learner is able to undertake the task in terms of previous work experience
  • Practical Tasks
  • Case studies
  • Preparation of written reports
  • Evidence from workplace appraisal
  • Interpretation of the required information
  • Evidence of minutes, notes and working papers relating to meetings
  • Verification of completed work
  • Training records
  • Expert Witness Testimonials
  • In-company short courses assessed according to registered standards
  • Certificates and Qualifications

Regardless of the source of evidence, the assessment should be to the same rigorous quality as evidence obtained through any other process. Learning outcomes will be deemed to have been met when evidence is:

Valid; does the evidence relate to the specific outcomes to be assessed?
Authentic; can the evidence be attributed to the candidate?
Sufficient; is there enough evidence to meet all the criteria needed to certify the candidate as competent?
Current; is the evidence related to current competence?
Reliable; should the assessment be repeated, would the assessor arrive at the same assessment decision?

Each candidate will be required to prepare a portfolio of evidence that will comprise the collection of evidence for each unit of competence. If however, evidence from the RPL is only sufficient to cover one or more learning outcomes, or to partly meet the need of a learning outcome, then additional assessment methods should be employed to generate sufficient evidence on which to base a safe assessment decision.

In no circumstance does the RPL mean that any required qualification summative assessments can be avoided, e.g. mandatory exams, practical / theory test or assignments.

In the event that the student is successful with the RPL assessment, they may be able to enrol in the follow-up or corresponding programme as an RPL student at a cost of $1999 for New Zealand Framework of Qualifications.

Payment Options
Application Fee
NZ$499 One Off
Full Payment
NZ$1999 One Off
Monthly Payment
 NZ$666 for 3 months
Digital Badge (Optional)
US $284 Global Certification Digital Badge

You need to prepare for the following additional costs, depending on your programme:

  • Ingredients used for practicing all recipes at home or at the workplace
  • Chef uniform and safety shoes for practicals
  • Costs to purchase any technology and/or kitchen equipment that you may not have, but need to use in the programme (See included lists of requirements)
  • Cost of your internet access
  • Any printing you choose to do from the study guides

Frequently Asked Questions

Minimum Enrolment Requirements:
  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Must have a minimum of 2 years experience in an Industrial / Commercial Kitchen
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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
  • Personal online login to our Learner Management System
  • Access to all our online events, including webinars and discussion boards
  • Feedback, mentoring and assessment on your practical cooking and theory tasks from your chef instructor.
  • Access to our Alumni network of chefs working all over the world
  • Online e-portfolio
  • Certification