New Zealand Certificate in Baking (Generalist)

Level 4

Do you have an interest in cakes, pastries and dough? Learn the magic of baking with our brand new course starting in 2017.  

Baking is one of the oldest professions in the world and demands commitment, a hard-working attitude and a passion for food. By gaining this qualification, you’ll be able to either undertake further study in cookery or patisserie at Diploma level, or pursue employment opportunities in a commercial bakery.

Course Content

In this course you will learn both the practical knowledge and theory behind working in a commercial bakery including practical skills such as creating speciality breads and doughs, as well as a variety of sweets.

You will also learn about bakery science and quality management, safe food practices and workplace safety, workplace interactions and standard operating procedures in a bakery. 

You will complete the following four modules: 

  • Workplace safety, bakery systems, breads and doughs
  • Workplace interactions and operations, sponges, cakes and cookies
  • Bakery science, quality management and sweets
  • Bakery production and pastry 

Practical classes at Bakels are capped at 12 meaning you will get quality, hands-on time with both Bakels and NSIA teaching staff. At NSIA our maximum class size will be 24. 

2017 Intake Dates

Next intake to be announced.


48 weeks including 8 weeks of holiday.

Entry Requirements

You must 

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Hold NCEA (Level 2 or higher) or a
  • New Zealand Certificate in Baking or Basic Cookery (Level 3) from a New Zealand TEO is an advantage.

If you do not meet these requirements but are over 20 years of age, you may still be admitted if the motivation and skills needed to succeed in the programme are shown. You need to be physically able to do the practical parts of this programme.

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We are very proud that we’ve developed this programme with Bakels, New Zealand’s leading manufacturer and distributor of baking ingredients nationwide.

Bakels are at the very core of the baking and patisserie industry in NZ and have a range of established export markets.

Our relationship provides you with the chance to learn practical skills alongside some of the industry’s best bakers at Bakels state-of-the-art premises, while also learning theory embedded by us as an award-winning academy.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities include bakery and patisserie work in

  • Bakeries
  • Supermarkets
  • Specialised bakery stores
  • Cafes
  • Restaurants
  • Bakery product manufacturers  

Course Costs

  • Tuition fees: $4,852.00
  • Compulsory course costs: $2,000.00

Student loans and allowances are available through StudyLink

Qualifications Awarded

New Zealand Certificate in Baking (Generalist) – Level 4