New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service (Level 3) with strands in Café Service and Function Services

Programme highlights

Get started with the skills to become a valued member of a café or functions team, plus get the advantage of real-world experience at industry events and functions.

Prepare and serve the types of food and beverages offered at cafés and functions. Develop the professional communication skills to serve customers and deal with any customer service issues. Learn to work safely and to regulations in hospitality environments and when handling food.

Key facts

Study Method 17 weeks (full-time)
Applications Close when the programme is full
Level 3
Credits 60
Fees Free* or $3,300 (approx)
International Student Fees Enquire upon application

*Free Study for Level 3 may be available for 16 to 19 year olds (Youth Guarantee). Proof of residency status required. Entry criteria, and some costs may also apply. Visit for more information. Information is correct at November 2016. Programme fees may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted on this website are based on the indicative 2017 fee structure. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. If your fees are paid by credit card, a credit card fee will be payable in addition to programme fees. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology is accredited under the provisions of the Education Act 1989.

Career opportunities

Entry level positions in restaurants, barista, cafes, bars, functions and events

Programme structure

Students complete the following courses:

  • Standard Operating Procedures in the Hospitality Industry
  • The Café
  • Function Food Service.

On completion of this programme you will be eligible to sit the examination for the City & Guilds Certificate in Food and Beverage Services (Level 1).

Further study

New Zealand Certificate in Food & Beverage Service (Level 4) with strands in Restaurant Services and Quick Service Restaurant Services.
MIT Diploma in Hospitality Management (Level 5).

Programme Code MN2104
Qualification NZ Certificate

17 weeks (includes 2 weeks break)

Start Dates January, May and September

Start dates

To find the start date of your programme intake listed above, please view our Academic Year and Key Dates

Offered by

Faculty of Consumer Services - School of Culinary and Hospitality Studies

Entry requirements

Applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • have English language competence to undertake this programme, which is taught and assessed in English. Any applicant whose first language is not English may be required to provide evidence of an overall IELTS (Academic) band score of 5.5 (with no score below 5.0) or equivalent;
  • be able to demonstrate the attitude and ability to work and study at the level required for the programme; and
  • be physically capable of completing the practical aspects of the programme

The above criteria will be assessed through an interview process.

Applicants will be selected in order of receipt of completed application.

Recognition of current competence
Students who believe they have significant experience which covers parts of these programmes should contact the School of Culinary and Hospitality Studies to check whether they meet the unit learning outcomes and qualify for recognition of current competence (RCC). There is a fee for RCC assessment based on credit value.

Provisional Entry

Students who have attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the minimum entry requirements for a programme will be eligible to be enrolled as a student where their previous educational, work or life experience indicates they have a reasonable likelihood of success. Students who have not attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the required minimum entry requirements for a programme may also be eligible to enrol in exceptional circumstances. Such decisions will be made by the Faculty Dean.

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