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

Programme highlights

­­Open the door to an exciting and fast-paced career in hospitality. 

This qualification will set you up with the practical skills to work in a cafe or as part of a functions team. You will learn to prepare and serve food and drinks. 

You will also learn how to give customers the best hospitality experiences and work to health and safety regulations.

Key facts

Start Month(s) February, May, July, October
Study Location(s) MIT Otara
Level 3
Domestic fees Enquire upon application
Youth Guarantee (fees-free*) Available (eligibility criteria applies)
Programme Code NZ2104

16 teaching weeks (full-time); or part-time

Study Method Full-time, Part-time
Credits 60
International Fees Enquire upon application
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship (fees-free*) Available (eligibility criteria applies)
Qualification New Zealand Certificate

Entry requirements


Open entry for domestic students

There are no academic requirements that need to be met to enter this programme.

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

International students will generally be required to provide evidence of English language proficiency, for this programme an IELTS General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5 is required. Equivalent acceptable evidence can be seen at the following NZQA link:

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 Director/Head of School.

International students

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Career opportunities

Entry-level positions (such as a barista and waiter) in restaurants, cafes, bars, functions and events.

Programme structure

You will need to complete the below four courses (60 credits):

452.314 Working in a café (15 credits)

Learn how to interact with customers and prepare and serve beverages in a café.

452.315 Café food and beverages (15 credits)

This course covers the basic food preparation for a café. You will also gain unit standard 167 “Practice food safety methods in a café under supervision.”

452.316 Preparing for functions (15 credits)

Develop the professional skills required to provide service to customers in function environments; prepare for employment in the hospitality industry by planning your career path and preparing a CV.

452.317 Function services (15 credits)

Serve customers at functions including cash handling, host responsibility and providing information to customers.

Key dates and timetables

To find the key dates and timetables of this programme, please view the baking, culinary and hospitality calendar.

Further training or study

Information is correct as at February 2021. 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 2021 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2021 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2021 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2021 are based on the 2020 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2021. 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 Limited is accredited under the provisions of the Education Act 1989. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.