Study baking and patisserie
Duration and study methods
Full-time for 1 year (32 teaching weeks), 3 days per week plus industry placement.
February, May, July, October
QualificationNew Zealand Diploma in Baking (Level 5)Programme code: NZ1844
International feesThis programme is for domestic students only. Please see the International Diploma in Baking.
Explore the free options available for this programme, and check your eligibility:
Take your career in baking to new heights and go from baker to bakery manager with this industry-leading qualification.
You will learn how to manage commercial and boutique bakeries.
You could lead a team in baking thousands of loaves of bread every day for a big food manufacturer. Or, realise your dream of opening your own boutique bakery or café.
Includes 210 hours of industry placement from commercial to boutique bakeries.
Prior to enrolling it is required that you have completed the New Zealand Certificate in Baking (Level 4) or have recognition of prior learning and evidence of work experience.
I have always been a passionate home-baker. So after 29 years of being a beauty therapist, I decided to undergo study at MIT. I came and chatted with the lecturers about the course and I was excited to hear about the opportunities it would give me career-wise.
The lecturers were exciting so I decided to embark on a new educational journey. The timetable suits and also gave me the flexibility to work part-time.
MIT has been a journey of new skills, new friends, and new challenges. Enrol now and let your baking journey begin because you never know where it will Bake you. The caliber of lecturers makes MIT unique, particularly Ralph Schmidt, he has a wealth of knowledge, he makes learning fun and exciting, and his experience is something you really can't put a price on. Not only does he set you up with skills in a bakery environment. He teaches you life skills.
"The field trips and industry-based knowledge became invaluable when setting up my own business. One and half years later I’m running a very successful bakery, which I could not have done without my MIT qualification. I can’t speak highly enough about studying here: it was the best year ever. What MIT invested in me, I’m paying back to the New Zealand economy.”
"I chose MIT because it was the only school where I could complete both the baking and patisserie training in one year, and it offered real-life experience through student-run shop days.
The lecturers were extremely knowledgeable, experienced, and helpful. Because of MIT’s excellent training and great facilities, I had the right skills to get a job straight after I finished the course.
Nicest of all, my customers tell me my bread and quiches are the best they’ve tasted outside of Europe!”
“I checked out MIT before I enrolled and met the lecturers, who were friendly, patient, and passionate – I was hooked.
The programme covers it all and you can branch off in any field, but the part I loved best was breadmaking – bread is food for the soul. The qualification helped tremendously and gave me the confidence to enter what was a new trade for me. My employer is a former MIT graduate so she knew what I could bring to the job. One year ago I was in a boring desk job; now I’m getting paid to do what I love!”
"No two days are the same, the weather is different, we do things differently, the seasons are different, the flowers are different, we have to adjust our recipes all the time. Even now after 15 years, I'm still learning every day. If you love good food, and you love to eat, that's what will motivate you to go into the industry. That's why I started in the industry."
Business owner and MIT lecturer
"MIT is the only place where baking is taught at diploma level. After completing the course here, students can start working in industry or start their own business. The course teaches them all the skills and knowledge required to be successful in the industry."
- New Zealand Certificate in Baking Level 4 (Craft or Generalist) or:
- industry experience. (Industry experience will be assessed on supplied CV, references and discussion).
International students: English language entry requirements
For the minimum English language requirements refer to the requirements set out in the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules: https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/providers-partners/qa-system-for-teos/english-international-students/
International students will generally be required to provide evidence of English language proficiency, for this programme an IELTS Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 is required. Equivalent acceptable evidence can be seen at the following NZQA link: https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/about-us/our-role/legislation/nzqa-rules/nzqf-related-rules/the-table/
Students who have attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the minimum entry requirements for a programme or training scheme may be eligible to be enrolled. Such decisions must consider any applicable pre-requisites and will be made by the Head of School. Students who have not attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the required minimum entry requirements may also be eligible to be enrolled in exceptional circumstances where they can demonstrate capability for study at the required level. Such decisions must consider any applicable pre-requisites and will be made by the Head of School.
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You will need to complete the below seven courses (120 credits):
471.504 New approaches to baking technologies and techniques (15 credits)
Apply the knowledge you have gained in your studies to explore the application of new approaches, techniques and technologies in the baking industry.
471.506 Bakery product design (15 credits)
Explore the concepts behind producing decorative products; present a complex celebration cake based on your own research and design.
471.507 Specialist baking (15 credits)
Learn how to produce bakery items on a large scale – explore the planning required to ensure efficient operations when working with large scale operations.
471.508 Practical team leadership skills in a bakery (15 credits)
Develop team leadership skills in bakery production and retail areas and planning operational activities; plan and implement bakery staff rosters; lead individuals and teams to achieve a pre-determined goal; and ensure personal and bakery team compliance with safe food handling, personal hygiene, and occupational health and safety practices.
472.505 Production and quality assurance of baked goods (15 credits)
In this course, you will learn how to identify, analyse and correct faults in baked products as well as how to evaluate the success of corrective measures applied to the new baked products.
472.506 Bakery business design (15 credits)
Learn about business principles of bakery design and management.
472.507 Baking industry placement (15 credits)
Spend 105 hours working in a commercial baking environment with a food safety programme in place, applying advanced baking knowledge and skills and techniques developed in the production of baked goods to industry standards.
472.508 Specialist baking industry placement (15 credits)
Work in a commercial baking environment with a food safety programme in place, applying advanced baking knowledge and skills to produce a range of specialist bakery products in a craft or plant baking environment.
Bakery specialist, bakery business owner or bakery supervisor. For potential salaries visit careers.govt.nz.
Free study for the first year of your Level 3 or above qualification may be available under the government’s fees-free study scheme. Visit feesfree.govt.nz for eligibility criteria and more information. Students must be eligible to study as a domestic student. All free study is subject to funding confirmation. Proof of residency status required. Entry criteria, and some costs, may also apply. Eligibility for student allowances or student loans may vary. Contact StudyLink for more information.
Information is correct as at 20 February 2023. Programme fees are based on a full-time student and 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 in this publication are based on the indicative 2023 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2023 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2023 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here www.manukau.ac.nz/cssf. Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2023 are based on the 2022 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2023. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. 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 part of Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology. Te Pukenga is accredited under the provisions of the Education and Training Act 2020. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.