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New Zealand Certificate in Baking (Generalist) (Level 4)

This course is available


Level of Study



35 weeks

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


The Culinary Collective


Get the foundation skills to become a baker or to train further as a patisserie chef. This baking course teaches you the full array of baking techniques and gives you real world experience through a five week internship in a commercial kitchen. This will give you a great head start when you're starting your baking career.

With our Level 4 baking course, you’ll learn both practical knowledge and theory behind working in a commercial bakery including how to create delicious speciality breads and doughs, as well as a variety of cakes and slices. As part of your course, you’ll learn the principles of bakery science, the basic systems used in a bakery and how to safely operate the equipment you need to use as a baker. We’ll also teach you about food hygiene and health and safety requirements.

Plus, the last five weeks will be spent working in a commercial kitchen or bakery as part of an internship. This will give you invaluable real-life industry experience and contacts. From here, many students go on to do the Level 5 course and train further as a patisserie chef.

A taste of what you will learn

The principles of bakery science that ensure your recipes actually work

Create café worthy sweet treats, pastries, cakes and cookies

Baking at scale and how to safely operate commercial baking equipment

Understand how successful bakeries operate and meet production targets

Experience a foodie field trip to see where some of the food or ingredients you work with come from

Engage in an invaluable 5-week internship within a commercial kitchen.

Career Opportunities

Start working as a baker in specialised bakery stores, cake shops, supermarkets and cafés or train further in patisserie or cookery

Work in craft bakeries

Work in cake shops

Work for bakery product manufacturers

Work in cafés

Work in supermarkets

Qualification Awarded: New Zealand Certificate in Baking (Generalist) (Level 4) Food Safety Certificate.

Entry criteria

All international students must:

- Be a minimum of 18 years old at the start of the course.

- Have completed secondary school overseas or New Zealand Year 11 from a New Zealand TEO) or have equivalent work experience.

- Have English language proficiency If English is your second language, you need an English level of 5.5 IELTS or equivalent with no band score lower than 5 (other English tests or evidence of your English language ability may be approved as advised by NZQA).

- Have travel and medical insurance and a valid visa.

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