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CourseBarista Essential Skills

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Programme Code




Flexible *

Ara Credits





Timaru, Oamaru and online delivery

Vocational Pathways

Service Industries

For more information

Email liaison@ara.ac.nz

Course Content

Learn how to make the perfect coffee and gain the skills to launch a career in the exciting world of hospitality.

Our aim is to have you competent in the operation of a commercial espresso machine and be able to produce a range of espresso based beverages. From humble bean to latte art your knowledge and skills will be enhanced.

This course can be paid for through your secondary schools' STAR budget.

* We are happy to work with you to create a timetable that best suits your needs. Please contact youthtransition@ara.ac.nz for more information.

Course Structure

To complete this Youth course you are required to do the NZQF unit standards outlined in the table below. The credits above are Ara credits which you will receive upon completion of this course. Please note the number of credits may be different.

Unit / Achievement Standard Number Unit Standard Title Version No NZQF Credits Level 1 Credits Level 2 Credits Level 3 Credits
17288 Prepare and present espresso beverages for service 7 5 5
17285 Demonstrate knowledge of commercial espresso equipment and prepare espresso beverages under supervision 9 4 4
17284 Demonstrate knowledge of coffee knowledge and production 6 3 3


English requirements

If English is not your first language you are also required to provide evidence of your English language skills as listed below or credits in English rich subjects from New Zealand educational institutions. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.

IELTS 5.5 Academic (with no band score lower than 5.0).  For acceptable alternatives refer to the English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.

Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this course please complete:

  • An application form

Application documents

Study pathways

After completing this course you can further develop your skills with the New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Level 3 and 4.


With your new coffee skills you will be able to seek employment as a barista, café assistant or food service attendant.