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New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service - Level 3

(Café Service and Barista Strand)

Hospitality is exciting! Whether it’s working mornings at a downtown café, or serving cocktails in an upmarket bar till midnight, hospitality staff are always in demand. As a hospitality student at Academy New Zealand you will be learning from skilled and dedicated tutors who will set you up to enter the hospitality industry in entry-level roles.

You will learn how to make the perfect flat white or hot chocolate along with delicious cafe food while at the same time perfecting the art of giving customers an awesome dining experience.  

Course Content

Health and safety, food safety and security practices

This module will teach you the relevant food safety requirements within the industry and how to apply personal hygiene requirements to work practices.

Effective customer communication and professional behaviour

By the end of this module you will be equipped with the skills required to interact with staff, managers and customers in a professional way.

Resolving problems in a hospitality establishment

You will be able to demonstrate that you know about standard operating procedures in a hospitality environment.

Preparing and serving food and beverages in a café

We will teach you how to provide good service in a café environment. You will also learn how to prepare and cook basic pastries, cakes, sponges, scones and sandwiches in a commercial kitchen.

Preparing and presenting a range of espresso beverages

This module teaches you all about coffee including types of beans, harvesting, decaffeination and fair trade requirements. You will be able to make a range of coffee beverages along with other, non-alcoholic cold drinks.

A minimum of one weeks work experience is built into the programme to give you real-world experience in the hospitality industry. 

Course Costs

Tuition Fees: $5,943.41

Find out if you're eligible by calling StudyLink on Freephone 0800 88 99 00 or visit www.studylink.govt.nz.

Qualifications Awarded 

New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service (Cafe Service and Barista Strands) - Level 3

Career Opportunities

  • Food and Beverage Attendant
  • Barista
  • Front of House Assistant
  • Waiter/Waitress
  • Catering Assistant 

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Why choose Academy NZ?

  • Learn face-to-face instead of struggling alone in an online course
  • Learn from professionals. We’ve been educating Kiwis for over 30 years
  • We’ll help you get a work placement

2018 Intake Dates

We welcome new students throughout the year!

Hamilton Campus

  • 29 January
  • 05 March
  • 03 April
  • 14 may
  • 18 June
  • 23 July
  • 27 August
  • 08 October
  • 05 November

Auckland North Shore and Christchurch Campuses:

  • 26 February
  • 3 April
  • 14 May
  • 18 June
  • 30 July
  • 3 September
  • 15 October
  • 19 November


20 weeks including 2 weeks of holiday.


This course is offered at our North Shore (Auckland) and Christchurch campuses.

Entry Requirements

Entry for this course is open for domestic students. Applicants should have completed NCEA Level 2 (Year 12 or 6th Form) as a guideline. 

Programme Handbook

Click here to download the full programme handbook.