Course Overview

Get your career started in New Zealand’s massively growing hospitality industry. This course will teach you everything you need to feel confident working in cafés, bars and restaurants. You’ll learn all the essentials like barista skills, food storage and handling, bar skills, health and safety as well as the art of great customer service.

If you’re already employed in a hospitality job, you can gain this qualification while you work. To apply for this option choose ‘Apply’ then ‘Apply for work and study‘ or for more information email [email protected]

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

  • New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service (Barista) (Cafe Services) (Level 3)
Locations Rotorua, Tauranga, Wider BOP/Other
Next intake Feb 2025 View more details
Study options

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

Total credits 60
StudyLink assistance Available
Indicative Fees $3,669 for domestic students View full fees information
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Career opportunities

  • Barista
  • Service staff within the food and beverage sector

Topics you'll cover

  • Safety Practices in Food and Beverage Service
  • Communication and Work Practices for Food and Beverage Service
  • Food and Beverage Preparation
  • Café Culture and Service
  • The Art of Coffee and Barista Service

Course Fees

Indicative Fees * $3,669 for domestic students
Course related costs

Professional front of house uniform and shoes – allow approx. $150.

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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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Course Entry Information

Entry criteria

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.

For courses at levels 1-3, domestic and international students will be required to:

Provide evidence of ability to complete academic requirements.

Other Considerations

Limitations may be imposed on student numbers for this course due to health and safety factors, and space constraints which restrict the number of students who can be accommodated in the commercial kitchens, café/restaurant and barista facilities.

English language requirements

Level 3 certificate IELTS General or Academic score of 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

Work and study intake (Domestic students only) - If you’re employed in a hospitality job, you can study towards the New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service (Level 3) qualification while you work. To apply for this option choose ‘Apply for work and study‘.

Location Campus Start Date
Rotorua Mokoia Campus 17 Feb 2025 Apply now
Tauranga Windermere Campus 17 Feb 2025 Apply now
Wider BOP/Other --- 17 Feb 2025 Apply for Work and Study
Wider BOP/Other --- 14 Jul 2025 Apply now

Study options

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

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