New Zealand Certificate in Baking (Generalist) (Level 4)

This one year programme teaches you the fundamentals of commercial baking in our purpose-built kitchens. You'll learn craft baking skills, food safety, kitchen operations, and the production of baking for commercial sale.

Working in teams, you’ll learn to produce good quality cakes, bread, biscuits, pies and other baked goods which will be sold in our on-site café to real customers. 

Programme info for International Students

Baking as a profession is more popular than ever and is currently on New Zealand’s skill shortage list.

With a range of potential employers the career opportunities are endless and if you want to travel, this qualification will help you get work all over the world.

Content Details

  • Principles of Baking
  • Bakery Café Skills
  • Craft Baking Skills
  • Proficiency in Baking


Planned intakes*: opening in 2019, February, May, September
Delivery modes: Full-time
Locations*: Rotorua (Mokoia Campus), Rotorua (Waipa Campus), Tauranga (Windermere Campus)
Duration: One year

* subject to change. Intakes may vary between locations.

Classes are scheduled for Monday 8am-12pm, Tuesday 8am-4pm, Wednesday 8am-12pm and Thursday 8am-4pm. You may also be required to undertake self-directed study beyond scheduled class time. *Timetable is subject to change. There are 2-week study breaks 25 Sept - 6 October 2017, and 22 Jan - 2 Feb 2018.

To see full details of the next available intake please visit the application form.

Indicative Fees

2017 domestic students $6,548.00

2017 international students $19,952.00

2017 Course related costs - allow approximately $360 for kitchen tools and $50-$100 for shoes

The fee shown for domestic students is applicable to New Zealand citizens and permanent residents. If an international fee is not listed above please refer to the international fees page. All fees are indicative only and subject to change.

You MAY be eligible for a StudyLink Student Loan for your tuition fees.

Find out if your programme qualifies by visiting the Studylink website.

If you also need to pay course related costs, i.e. if outlined in programme costs above, you need to apply separately to StudyLink (up to $1,000/academic year for eligible students). Note course related costs are paid directly into your bank account by StudyLink and you will be required to pay this to Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

Qualifications Gained

Upon successful completion of the programme you will receive:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Baking (Generalist) (Level 4)

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this programme can apply for roles with employers including:

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

Study Pathways

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology Pathways

New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 4)
New Zealand Diploma in Baking (Level 5)

Entry Criteria

Academic Entry

  • NCEA Level 2 OR a New Zealand qualification in Level 3 Baking or Cookery
  • Domestic applicants aged 20 years or above who do not meet the academic entry requirements above, but whose skills, education or work experience indicate that they have a reasonable chance of success, may be eligible for special admission

Information Meeting

Students will be required to attend an information meeting on application to ensure they are well informed about the programme, and understand the practical and physical demands of working in a commercial kitchen environment and that classes will be timetabled in early morning and evenings.

Information for International Students Planning to Apply for L4 and 5 Programme Together to Qualify for a Post Study Work Visa.  

On entry you will need either Academic IELTS score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed NZ Certificate in English Language Level 4 with the Academic endorsement, or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined in NZQF related Rules (Rule 18) – The Table.


International applicants for whom English is not their first language will be required to show evidence of language competency, issued within the last two years, before being eligible to enrol in any non-English programme. The level of competency required is outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013. And below under the title English Competency.

English Competency

Level 4 certificate IELTS General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed NZ Certificate in English Language L3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace or Academic, or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013.

For domestic applicants for whom English is not their first language, evidence of language competency may be required.