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New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service (Level 3) with Barista and Café Service Strands

CertificateFull-time, 6 months

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Programme code



$3,360 - $3,980


February, July





Course related costs



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

19 December for January start; 23 June for July start


Christchurch - Madras Street and Timaru


Develop your communication, café and barista skills and improve your understanding of business operating procedures.

Learning in our campus café from tutors with extensive experience you'll acquire the skills to produce a range of bar and barista beverages to a high standard and provide informal table service.

You'll also gain an understanding of operating procedures in cafes, bars and restaurants and learn how to communicate effectively in these environments.

Note: You can concurrently enrol in both the Level 3 and Level 4 components of the New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service.

This programme is also offered for Youth Guarantee students. You can apply for these options if you're 16 to 19 years of age and no longer at school, or if you're planning on leaving school.

A workplace training option is available too, for those already employed in a hospitality environment.

Career opportunities

As a graduate of this programme you'll have the skills to provide barista and table service in licensed and unlicensed cafes, bars and restaurants.

Study pathways

Graduates may progress to:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage (Level 4) with strands in Restaurant Services and Quick Service Restaurant Services
  • New Zealand Certificate in Hospitality (Advanced)(Level 5) with strands in Accommodation, Food and Beverage Service, Catering Services and Quick Service Restaurants Services

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Maths
  • Food technology

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete 60 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
  • This programme has open entry. English language requirements apply.

Alternative requirements
Additional requirements
  • You must be physically able to undertake the practical components of the programme.

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. .


    • 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.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this programme please :

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

If you don't meet the criteria for entry into this programme, we can help you meet entry level with our foundation and bridging programmes.

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.