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New Zealand Certificate in Baking (Generalist)

Level 4

Do you have an interest in cakes, pastries and dough? 

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 

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities include bakery and patisserie work in

  • Bakeries
  • Supermarkets
  • Specialised bakery stores
  • Caf├ęs
  • Restaurants
  • Bakery product manufacturers 

Entry Requirements

  • Candidates must be 17 years or older.
  • Candidates must have:
  • NCEA Level 1, or equivalent; or industry experience.
  • IELTS (academic) score of at least 5.5, or NZQA-approved equivalent (for international students who speak English as a second language). 
  • An interview may be required.

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2019 Intake Dates

  • 21 January
  • 1 April


50 weeks including 10 weeks of holiday. 

Course Costs

  • Tuition fees: NZ$19,950.00
  • Course fees: NZ$2,100.00 
The New Zealand Government has imposed an international student levy on tuition and course related fees. From 1 January 2019 the levy will be 0.89% of the compulsory tuition fees.  

Qualifications Awarded

New Zealand Certificate in Baking (Generalist) – Level 4