New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service (Level 4) with Restaurant Services Strand.xml New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service (Level 4) with Restaurant Services Strand

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CertificateFull-time, 6 months

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Programme code



$3,300 - $3,800







Course related costs



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

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Kick-start your hospitality career by gaining essential frontline skills for working in cafes, bars and restaurants.

Our expert tutors will teach you how to provide excellent professional service across a broad range of food and beverage operations including luxury and upmarket venues and events.

Areas covered include table service, bar service and product knowledge, as well as operating procedures, effective communication and legislative compliance.

Note: If you do not have previous experience in hospitality we suggest that you first complete the New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service Level 3 . You can concurrently enrol in both the Level 3 and Level 4 components of the New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service.

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.

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete a minimum total of 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
  • 10 NCEA Level 1 Literacy credits and 10 NCEA Level 1 Numeracy credits

    OR New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service (Level 3) or equivalent.

    OR 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
  • 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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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

Career opportunities

Graduates will be able to provide advanced service across a broad range of unlicensed and licensed food and beverage service outlets where advanced skills and product knowledge are required eg luxury and upmarket operations. Their knowledge of service principles and the operation in which they work will enable graduates to take responsibility for monitoring and maintaining the standards set by the employer.

Study pathways

Graduates may progress to:

  • National Diploma in Hospitality Management Level 5

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Maths
  • Food technology