5.050 New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service (Café Services) (Level 3)

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.

Programme Information

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

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. 

Anne Lawson

Hospitality Tutor

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.


14 weeks

Start Dates in 2018

30 January, 21 May, 10 September

Semesters and scheduled breaks:

Semester 3, 2017 - 11 September  to 15 December
Between Semester Break - 16 December 2017 to 29 January 2018

Semester 1, 2018 - 30 January  to 4 May
Between Semester Break - 5 May to 20 May

Semester 2, 2018 - 21 May to 24 August 
Between Semester Break - 25 August to 9 September 

Semester 3, 2018 - 10 September  to 14 December
Between Semester Break - 15 December 2018 to 28 January 2019

Entry Requirements

Domestic Students

2018 Programme Fees:    NZ$1,300
Resource Fees:    NZ$1,500
Total:    NZ$2,800

Plus a compulsory Student Services Fee of NZ$270 per year (or NZ$27 per month or part thereof).

International Students

2018 Programme Fees:    NZ$4,500
Resource Fees:    NZ$1,500
Total:    NZ$6,000

Plus a compulsory Student Services Fee of NZ$270 per year (or NZ$27 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 www.studylink.govt.nz to apply for student finance.


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