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CertificateFull time - 1 year

Annual Fees(indicative 2018)

Programme code



$7,400 - $8,200







Course related costs



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

13 January for February start


Christchurch - Madras Street and Timaru


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.

Credit recognition

Credit recognition is available for this programme; if you have related skills, knowledge and/or experience, it may count towards part or even all of the qualification.

To learn more about credit recognition please see our Centre For Assessment of Prior Learning.

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete a minimum total of 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
  • 36 NCEA credits at Level 1 including 12 credits in English and 12 credits in Maths.

Alternative requirements
  • Skills for tertiary study (including literacy and numeracy) may be acquired through study, work and/or life experience. Students who can demonstrate these skills may be approved for alternative entry. Literacy and numeracy assessments are available.

Additional requirements
English requirements
  • If English is not your first language you may also be required to provide evidence of your English language skills as listed below. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.

    Note: If you have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements you are not required to provide evidence of English Language Skills.










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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

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

Further your qualification with complementary programmes such as the National Diploma in Hospitality Management or gain general business skills for a bakery setting with the New Zealand Diploma in Business or the Bachelor of Applied Management.

Additional industry based study qualifications are available and include:

  • 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)