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Career Baker

CertificateFull-time, 1 year

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Programme code

NZ1842

Domestic

$7,650 -$8,570

Starts

February

International

$21,240

Credits

120

Course related costs

Level

4

Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

13 January for February start

Location

Christchurch - Madras Street and Timaru

Content

Learn the delectable art of baking plus the essential skills required to work in a commercial or boutique bakery.

Gain the essential skills you need for a successful career as a professional baker with this industry focussed programme.

By completing this programme you will gain the New Zealand Certificate in Baking (Generalist) Level 4.

During your studies you will learn how to produce a range of bakery products, including biscuits, breads, cakes and pastries.

You will also learn all the basic principles of bakery science, quality management, health and safety and hygiene standards required for the commercial baking industry.

As part of the programme you will take part in work placements at local cafés and bakeries as well as being involved in running your own bakery shop through 'Visions Pantry'.

In order to undertake this programme you must be physically able to work safely in a commercial bakery environment.

Career opportunities

This qualification gives you all the skills you will need to start your career working in craft bakeries, cake shops, cafés and factory plant operations.

You may choose to work overseas at international hotel chains or in the cruise ship industry with this qualification.

Study pathways

Additional industry based study qualifications are available including New Zealand Diploma in Cookery (Advanced) Level 5 (Patisserie Strand).

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Processing Technologies
  • Home Economics
  • Mathematics
  • Hospitality - Foundation Skills (Sector Related)
  • Cookery - (Sector Related)

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete 120 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • 40 NCEA credits at level 1 including 10 in literacy and 10 in numeracy.

    If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.

Alternative requirements
  • Still want to study but don't meet the Academic Requirements?

    If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.

    Note: The number of courses you have to complete for this qualification may be reduced where you have relevant credits from previous study, or evidence of similar learning or experience in the workplace. Contact Ara for advice.

Additional requirements
English requirements
  • What if English is not my first language?

    If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study.

    Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.

    OR

    • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
    • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS or other test through the Ara Examination Centre or in your home country.

    IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.

    What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?

    You do not need to provide additional evidence of English Language skills.

OVERALL IELTS REQUIREMENTS

5.5 ACADEMIC

SPEAKING

5.0

READING

5.0

WRITING

5.0

LISTENING

5.0
Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Selection criteria

Applicants who meet the requirements for admission are accepted into the programme in the order their applications are received.

Next steps

To enrol in this programme please:

  • complete an Admission and Enrolment form or an International Application Form

Alternatively, if you feel you have gained your learning through on the job experience talk to us about recognition or assessment of prior learning .

Application documents

Credit recognition

If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.