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

Keen to provide dining experiences that are memorable for all the right reasons? This hospitality course develops all the skills you need to work at the top of this fast-paced industry.

With a focus on product knowledge and sales and service, this course develops advanced skills and provides vital workplace experience that prepares you for work in the real world. You'll also get valuable industry contacts to start you on a career with plenty of opportunities both here in New Zealand and around the world.

Content Details

You’ll learn all the service procedures, legislation requirements, health and safety, food safety and security practices to work at an advanced level in the restaurant sector, gaining the knowledge you need to sit the examination for the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act (towards Licence Controller Qualification) (Level 4).

You’ll learn to match food and beverages, manage customers from different social and cultural backgrounds, and monitor your customers' satisfaction.

You'll spend time putting your new skills and knowledge into practice, gaining collaborative workplace experience at our licensed Atrium Restaurant, right here on campus.


Planned intakes*: July
Delivery modes: Full-time
Locations*: Tauranga (Windermere Campus)
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

2017 domestic students $3,274.00

2017 international students $9,974.00

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 & Beverage Services (Level 4) – with Restaurant Services Strand

Career Opportunities

This Level 4 qualification is an ideal preparation for a wide variety of food and beverage supervisory and management roles in the Bay of Plenty, across New Zealand and right around the world.

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

Potential Employers

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

Study Pathways

Further study options include diploma level qualifications in tourism, travel and hospitality.

Entry Criteria

  • 12 credits NCEA English Level 1
  • or New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service (Level 3) or equivalent

Special Admission

Students who do not satisfy the standard academic entry requirements of a programme will be considered for special admission if, in the opinion of the Programme Coordinator, they are capable of achieving the programme outcomes.

Information Meeting/Interview

We may require you to attend an information meeting prior to your acceptance onto the course. This is your opportunity to find out more about the course to see if it fits your career aspirations and for us to ensure you meet our entry requirements.


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.