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

Café Service

Kaitaia, Whangarei
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About this programme

This programme will give you the knowledge and skills you need to provide service in cafés and unlicensed restaurants. You’ll learn about food preparation and service, gain barista skills and gain skills in kitchen health and safety and customer service.

NorthTec's food and beverage qualifications can start you on your career pathway within the hospitality industry, giving you experience in kitchen and front of house operations.

What you will learn

You will complete the following courses to achieve the qualification with additional strands in Café Services and Barista

Compulsory Courses Level Credits
3469.0001 - Kitchen Health and Safety 3 15
3469.0002 - Food Preparation and Service 3 15
3469.0003 - Customer Service 3 15
3469.0004 - Barista Skills 3 15

Career opportunities and pathways

  • Café staff

  • Barista

  • Counter service

  • Functions staff

Workload & schedule

This programme involves 24 hours of teaching spread over four days, in addition to 12 hours of self-directed study per week. You will also participate in various culinary events, so will be required to attend two evening events (dates will be advised at or shortly after programme commencement).

Additional costs

Black leather closed toe shoes, suitable for commercial kitchen environment

Uniform and workbooks provided

Entry requirements

All applicants must:

  • be at least 16 years old at the time the programme commences

  • be able to read, write, and communicate in English at a basic level

  • be physically able to complete the programme specific outcomes

Applicants for whom English is not a first language must have an IELTS score of 5 with no band score lower than 5; or an accepted international equivalence.

Qualifications gained

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

Courses and programmes may be cancelled, postponed or have their content or configuration changed from time to time (including during the academic year) at the discretion of NorthTec. Fees are an indication, include GST and apply to domestic students only. View terms and conditions

From 1 January 2023, all NorthTec learners will be part of Te Pūkenga. Please note that these programmes of study are currently under review as part of the reform of vocational education training and may be subject to change.

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Full time


1 semester

Start Dates

Kaitaia: February

Whangarei: July

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

Domestic: $1,732.97

Student levy may apply

International: $9,200

Programme Code


Phone 0800 162 100
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