New Zealand Certificate in Food & Beverage Service (Café Services).

The New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service (Café Services) (Level 3) has been carefully designed by a team of industry professionals to give you the skills you need to work in and operate a café business.

We have chosen to focus on unit standards that will enable you to work in a safe manner, that will help you to listen to and communicate with your customers, to have the systems and procedures in place that will avoid many common problems in cafés in New Zealand, and be able to  prepare, cook and serve food and beverages (including a range of barista coffees). This programme enables students to work in a real café environment. You will be dealing with real paying customers with a variety of needs, handling cash and experiencing all the different aspects of running a café, including stock control and hygiene training.

Job Opportunities

Graduates with this qualification will have the technical skills and the soft skills to work in cafés and unlicensed restaurants, and as baristas in a variety of hospitality environments. The supportive and realistic training environment led by highly respected industry professionals allows students to develop confidence in all aspects of café management. Former students are working in and managing cafés in New Zealand.

Programme Structure/Courses

The New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service covers the following unit standards:

  1. 13282 Prepare, assemble, and present complex sandwiches for service in a commercial kitchen (Level 3, Credits 2)
  2. 13325 Prepare and bake basic cakes, sponges, and scones in a commercial kitchen (Level 3, Credits 4)
  3. 14441 Provide cafe counter service in a hospitality establishment (Level 3, Credits 5)
  4. 17288 Prepare and present espresso beverages for service (Level 3, Credits 5)
  5. 27927 Apply health, safety and security practices to service delivery operations (Level 3, Credits 5)
  6. 27928 Interact with other staff, managers and customers to provide service delivery outcomes (Level 3, Credits 5)
  7. 27929 Apply standard operating procedures and the code of conduct to a work role in a service delivery organisation (Level 3, Credits 5)
  8. 27940 Provide cafe table service in a hospitality establishment  (Level 3, Credits 5)
  9. 27955 Apply food safety practices in a food related business  (Level 3, Credits 5)

Programme Tutors

Our programme tutors are highly experienced industry professionals passionate about sharing their experience and expertise in training students in hospitality and preparing them for work.

You will work alongside them to run the Asquith Campus café allowing you to train on the job. In addition to your certificate you will gain invaluable experience in a real working café.

Duration & Start Dates

14 weeks

Start Dates in 2019
29 January, 20 May, 9 September

Semesters and scheduled breaks:

Semester 1, 2019 - 29 January to 3 May
Between Semester Break - 4 May to 19 May

Semester 2, 2019 - 20 May to 23 August 
Between Semester Break - 24 August to 8 September 

Semester 3, 2019 - 9 September  to 13 December 

Entry Requirements

IELTS 5.0 with no band less than 5.0 / TOEFL iBT 35 (with a writing score of 14) / PToE academic score of 36 /AIS TEP 44/80 or equivalent with no band less than 11; and
17 years and over


Domestic Students
2019 Programme Fees: NZ$1,300
Resource Fees: NZ$1,500
Total: NZ$2,800

Plus a compulsory Student Services Fee of NZ$300 per year (or NZ$30 per month or part thereof).

International Students
2019 Programme Fees: NZ$4,500
Resource Fees: NZ$1,500
Total: NZ$6,000
Plus a compulsory Student Services Fee of NZ$300 per year (or NZ$30 per month or part thereof).

This programme is eligible for a student loan from Studylink. Contact Studylink on 0800 88 99 00 or log on to to apply for student finance.

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