Course Overview

Do you love baking? Then this one-year baking course is perfect for you. You'll learn how to make delicious danishes, pastries, cakes and desserts from scratch. We'll also teach you how to make homemade bread, savoury treats, and biscuits. By the end of the course, you'll be ready for your first job in the baking industry.

This certificate will also help you develop some really useful skills for work. You'll learn how to be organised in the kitchen, how to provide great customer service, and how to work well in a team. We will give you the chance to team up with other students to plan and bake for campus events.

Our expert teachers will guide you through using baking and patisserie equipment in our professional on-campus kitchen. They'll also teach you all about food safety and how baking is done for sale in shops and businesses.

Baking is on New Zealand's skill shortage list! That means there are lots of opportunities in this growing industry.

Katarina Gutteridge, Toi Ohomai Graduate


Katarina Gutteridge, Toi Ohomai Baking Graduate

“I would definitely encourage aspiring bakers to go for it, don't hesitate. Studying baking has allowed me to turn my passion into a full-time job, working in an award-winning bakery in London."

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Upon successfully completing the requirements you'll receive the award of:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Baking (Generalist) (Level 4)
Locations Rotorua, Tauranga
Next intake Feb 2025 View more details
Study options

1 year full-time, including holidays (if applicable)

Total credits 120
StudyLink assistance Available
Indicative Fees $7,540 for domestic students View full fees information
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Career opportunities

  • Introductory roles in craft bakeries, cake shops, cafe or factory operations.

Topics you'll cover

  • Principles of Baking
  • Bakery Cafe Skills
  • Craft Baking skills
  • Proficiency in Baking

Course Fees

Indicative Fees * $7,540 for domestic students
Course related costs

Domestic students: During your induction week, you'll have the opportunity to purchase your uniform and kit from our preferred supplier. You can expect to spend approximately $700 - $800 on course-specific equipment and uniforms. This can be covered by the 'Course-Related Costs' component of your student loan if applicable. Please contact StudyLink for more information.

International students: Uniform and equipment supplies will be charged in addition to standard tuition fees.

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Student Loans and Allowances

This course meets the requirements for student allowance and student loan applications through StudyLink.

  • A student loan helps to pay for your course fees (the compulsory fees), study materials e.g. books, equipment, and living costs. You'll have to pay this money back.
  • A student allowance is a weekly payment that can help with your living expenses while you're studying. You don't have to pay the money back.

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Scholarships are one way you might be able to get some financial help. Any scholarships specifically related to this course are shown below, otherwise check out the full list of scholarships promoted by Toi Ohomai.

Course Entry Information

Entry criteria

You must have:

  • NCEA Level 2, OR
  • a Level 3 New Zealand qualification in baking or cookery

If you do not meet the academic requirements you may be given special admission if Toi Ohomai staff are satisfied you are capable of successfully completing the requirements.

Special admission may also apply for applicants over 20 years.

Information Session

You’ll be invited to an information meeting. This is your opportunity to find out more about the course content and to make sure you're on the most appropriate course for your career aspirations and current level of experience.

Standard Entry Criteria

Admission, entry, selection, and enrolment into programmes will be in accordance with the Academic Regulations and/or, where approved, specific programme regulations.

English language requirements

Level 4 certificate IELTS General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed New Zealand Certificate in English Language Level 3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace or Academic, or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined by NZQA.

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Course Locations and Intake Information

Location Campus Start Date
Rotorua Mokoia Campus 17 Feb 2025 Apply now
Tauranga Windermere Campus 17 Feb 2025 Apply now

Study options

  • 1 year full-time, including holidays (if applicable)

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