Specialise in café service or function services
Duration and study methods
Full-time for 16 teaching weeks, part-time available.
Full-time is 3 days per week. The maximum time to complete this programme part-time is 3 years.
February, May, July, October
QualificationNew Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service (Level 3) with strands in Café Services and Function ServicesProgramme code: NZ2104
International feesNZD $12,500 (approx.)
Explore the free options available for this programme, and check your eligibility:
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.
You will prepare and serve the types of food and beverages offered at cafes and functions. You will 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.
You may be required to complete literacy and numeracy assessments as part of this programme.
"If you’re passionate about what you want to do at MIT, whether it"s bartending, barista, being a culinary chef, or a baker, MIT is one of the best places to go because everyone is so friendly and willing to help. Not only are the lecturers really helpful but there are also other staff members that are willing to help. They are willing to go the extra mile to see you succeed."
“My advice to anyone thinking about studying at MIT - do it!
Being treated as a name, not a number like at larger institutes, amazing tutors, and invaluable, real-world industry experience were among the things I loved most at MIT. An exchange in Austria was a course highlight and a life-changing experience as this started my love for travel."
“Choosing to study at MIT was a great decision. I left with so much more than just knowledge about the industry. My course was also aimed at providing experience and developing my confidence so I had a headstart when I entered the workforce.
I’ve always worked in the hospitality industry and really enjoy it, so I decided to study hospitality operations management. Soon after graduating, I got a job at The Square Cafe and Catering, as the head barista. My job included coffee preparation and customer service, which I love.
MIT prepared me very well for the role through its hands-on experience. I knew what to expect when I entered the industry and can deal with anything head-on.”
“I chose to study hospitality at MIT because it’s a huge industry with so many career opportunities all over the world.
I’m studying hospitality, which covers many different areas including, front of house, bartending, housekeeping, and serving. We studied events and had to organise and manage our own events. There’s a lot to learn, and the practical side of the course gives you a strong foundation to enter the workforce.
As a dad of two young children, it has been challenging to study while helping to support my family. However, I’ve already got a job at the Great Catering Company, which uses the skills I’ve developed during my studies and helps my family, so I couldn’t be happier. This role also allows me to do what I love — serving and talking to people.”
“Choosing to study at MIT is the best decision I made. It has a great location, fantastic teaching staff, and real-world degrees.
I studied a National Diploma in Hospitality Management and was impressed by the supportive and personalised approached to teaching. The lecturers would build on our strengths and develop our weaknesses so we were always improving. Hospitality is a practical industry where some core skills can’t be taught in traditional classrooms, so the hands-on training we received was invaluable.
Before graduating I was scouted to work for some of Auckland’s best hospitality companies. I’m now based in Sydney, working for one of the city’s finest caterers. I look after a huge portfolio of companies, catering for some of Sydney’s biggest clients.
MIT gave me the foundation and skills to progress faster in my line of work, which I continue to build on.”
Open Entry, if the delegated authority at the campus/site is satisfied that the applicant has the capability to complete the requirements of the programme.
English language requirements
All applicants (international and domestic) for whom English or te reo Māori is not a first language need to provide evidence that they have the necessary English language proficiency required for the programme.
International applicants are required to have an IELTS score of 5 (general or academic) with no individual band lower than 5 from one test taken in the preceding two years, or an equivalent described in NZQA Rules.
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You will need to complete the below three courses (60 credits):
HOSP3201 Food and beverage core skills (20 credits)
To establish standards of professional practice for basic service in hospitality food and beverage establishments. As part of this course, you will also gain Unit standard "US27955 - Apply food safety practices in a food related establishment".
HOSP3204 Café service (20 credits)
To provide learners with an opportunity to develop basic skills required to deliver food and beverage service in a café.
HOSP3205 Function service (20 credits)
To provide learners with an opportunity to develop basic skills required to deliver food and beverage service in a function service environment.
Do you want to study a single course, without enrolling into the full programme?
Courses within some of our programmes may be offered as an individual Certificate of Proficiency (COP). Programme entry requirements and course fees apply. For more information, please speak to our friendly Ask Me! team.
Further training or study
Graduates may be employed as service personnel in cafes and unlicensed restaurants, bars or clubs, restaurants which provide table and/or buffet services, establishments which cater to functions, or baristas in hospitality establishments, or a crew member in a quick service restaurant. 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. Free study for Level 3 may be available for 16 to 24 year olds (Youth Guarantee). Free study for up to one year for Levels 3 and 4 may be available under Māori and Pasifika Trades Training (MPTT), a government-led training initiative to encourage young Māori and Pasifika people to gain trade qualifications. 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 11 May 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.