This programme has a specific West Coast flavour. Become a work-ready graduate that can deliver excellent standards of food, beverage and customer service to enhance customer experiences on the West Coast. Gain a range of practical, personal, professional and technical skills that meet the high standards expected by hospitality employers.

Your study will include barista training so you can serve-up coffee like a professional. It also covers food safety, food and beverage service training, and a wide range of hospitality skills.

The programme offers different learning options for school leavers, job seekers, and people working in industry. 

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  • Level:
  • Credit Value:
  • Awards:
    New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service (Level 3) Café Services and New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Services (Level 3) Restaurant Services
  • Location:
    Greymouth and Westport
  • Method of Study:
    Full time or part time
  • Holiday Duration:
    2 weeks
  • Teaching Duration:
    18 weeks
  • Total Duration:
    20 weeks
  • Start Date:
    17 July 2023
  • End Date:
    1 December 2023
  • TBC

    Free fees may apply, refer to

Core Elements

Modules include a range of the following:

  • Health and safety, food safety and security practices        
  • Food contamination and control methods                            
  • Customer service techniques
  • Workplace communication and professional practice
  • Selling skills and product / service knowledge
  • Coffee preparation and presentation
  • Café counter service and table service
  • Restaurant service                                        
  • Food preparation
  • Nutrition in commercial catering
  • Bar service, host responsibility, liquor legislation 
  • Hot and cold, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks  
  • Beer and wine service
  • Matching beer and wine with food
  • Culinary products and terms
  • Food service styles and menu types

Further Study Paths

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this programme will have the skills to work in any workplace that provides food, beverages, and customer service in cafes, licenced and unlicenced restaurants, bars or clubs.

Entry Criteria

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum of three years at secondary school, or completion of NCEA Level 1, or equivalent qualification.

  • Applications will be accepted from young people who meet Youth Guarantee eligibility criteria.
  • Applicants for whom English is a second language must meet General or Academic IELTS 5 with no band score lower than 5 or NZQA-approved equivalent.

Special Notes

  • Special Entry may be granted where evidence exists that the applicant can successfully complete the programme.