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New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service

Restaurant Services and Barista Strand - Level 3

Hospitality is exciting! 

Whether it's serving coffee at an artisan cafe, or providing silver service at a top restaurant, hospitality staff are always in demand. 

The New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service (Level 3) programme is a nationally recognised qualification designed to prepare you for work in cafés, restaurants, bars, clubs and other hospitality environments.

On completion of this qualification you may choose to do further study in hospitality at a higher level, or pursue employment opportunities at a junior level in hospitality.

Course Content

You will cover the following two modules: 

Hospitality basics and restaurant services: in this module you will learn about health and safety, food safety practices, and how to interact with staff, managers and customers to provide good service. You will begin your practical restaurant service training.

Restaurant, café and barista service: you will complete your restaurant services practical training in the NSIA training restaurant and café and will be able to prepare and serve hot and cold, non-alcoholic drinks. You will also be taught how to provide counter and table service in a café environment and how to prepare and present espresso beverages. 

Course Costs

Student loans and allowances are available through StudyLink.

Qualifications Awarded

  • New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service (Restaurant Services and Barista Strand) - Level 3

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Career Opportunities

  • Barista
  • Service staff in cafes, restaurants, bars or clubs.


20 weeks including 2 weeks of holiday.  

2018 Intake Dates

  • 30 January 
  • 16 July

Entry Requirements

You must 

  • Be at least 17 years old.
  • Have an overall IELTS score of 5.0 with no band score lower than 5.0 (or equivalent) if English is your second language.
  • Have NCEA Level 2 (or higher) or a New Zealand Certificate in Hospitality (Level 2) 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 enrolled if the motivation and the skills needed to succeed in the programme are shown. Please note that you should be physically able to do the practical components of this programme, in line with health and legal requirements.