New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service (Level 4) (Restaurant Service strand)

Programme highlights

People spend millions every year at cafés, restaurants, bars and other hospitality businesses.

This demand leads to job opportunities for skilled hospitality workers.

You will learn skills in cocktail making, advanced beverage service, leadership, and supervision in a restaurant environment. You will also complete the unit standards needed for your License Controller Qualification (LCQ).

Study full-time. Or, if you're already working in the industry, you may be able to study part-time and continue working.

Prior to enrolling it is recommended you complete New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service (Level 3) with strands in Café Service and Function Services.

Key facts

Start Month(s) February, May, July, October
Study Location(s) MIT Otara
Level 4
Domestic fees Enquire upon application
Youth Guarantee (fees-free*) Not available
Programme Code NZ2105

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 5.5 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

Intermediate level positions (such as a barista and barperson) in high end restaurants, cafes, bars, functions and events.

Programme structure

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

453.414 Casual food service (15 credits)

Develop the skills to become competent employees for the food and beverage sector who are able to work as food servers with advanced skills in the restaurant sector.

453.415 Fine dining (15 credits)

Develop the knowledge of technical aspects of food service and the roles and responsibilities of the server.

453.416 The bar (15 credits)

Learn about the service, sale and supply of beverages in the hospitality industry. This course includes the content of the Licensed Controller Qualification (LCQ) and on successful completion, learners may be able to apply for a managers certificate.

453.417 Café beverages (15 credits)

This course covers the operational aspects of beverage service including service etiquette, safety of stock and equipment and basic stock control.

Key dates and timetables

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

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.