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New Zealand Certificate in Baking (Generalist) with Internship

Level 4

Baking is one of the oldest professions in the world and demands commitment, a hard-working attitude and a passion for food. This course teaches you the full array of baking techniques and offers you a five week internship in a commercial kitchen. After this course you can go on to study either cookery or patisserie 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. 

Five week internship: The last five weeks of your course will be spent working in a commercial kitchen as part of an internship. For many students this may be a paid internship, and for all students, working in a highly ranked restaurant will give you invaluable industry  

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 


35 weeks

Entry Requirements

You must 

  • Be atleast 17 years old
  • NCEA Level 1 or equivalent, or have industry experience. An interview may be required.
  • If English is a second language an IETLS (Academic) score of atleast 5.5, or NZQA approved equivalent

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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Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities include bakery and patisserie work in

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

Course Costs

Domestic Students: $6,988.00

Student loans and allowances are available through Study Link

Qualifications Awarded

New Zealand Certificate in Baking (Generalist) – Level 4   

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