New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service with Barista & Café Services Strands (Level 3)

This versatile hospitality qualification gives you all the skills you need to work as a professional service provider in cafes, restaurants, function centers and bars.

You'll be able to snap up one of the many hospitality opportunities available in the Bay and across New Zealand, or you can use this qualification as your ticket to work and travel around the world.

Content Details

You'll study café food and beverage service including; bar and wine service, barista and cash handling skills. You'll apply health and safety, food safety and security practices, learn effective communication skills and gain an understanding of standard operating procedures.

You'll also get plenty of real life experience working under pressure in our very own Atrium café and restaurant, right here on campus.


Planned intakes*: February, July
Delivery modes: Full-time
Locations*: Opotiki, Rotorua (Mokoia Campus), Rotorua (Waipa Campus), Taupo, Tauranga (Windermere Campus), Tokoroa, Whakatane
Duration: 1 semester

* subject to change. Intakes may vary between locations.

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

Indicative Fees

2018 domestic students $2,959.00

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 Food and Beverage Service (Level 3) Barista and Cafe Services Strands

Career Opportunities

The Bay of Plenty has a diverse range of food outlets and restaurants and our work ready graduates can choose from a range of local job opportunities.

This is also a handy qualification to have under your belt if you want to work and travel overseas.

Graduates have the option of studying the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act Seminar to help them earn a duty manager’s licence.

Potential Employers

  • Cafés
  • Bars
  • Nightclubs
  • Restaurants
  • Function centres
  • Sports venues
  • Social and sports clubs

Study Pathways

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology Pathways

New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service with Restaurant Services Strand (Level 4)
New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 4)

Entry Criteria

  • Open entry


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 3 certificate IELTS General or Academic score of 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.