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New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service (Level 4) (Restaurant Service Strand)

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Level of Study



16 weeks

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


Manukau Institute of Technology


People spend millions every year at cafés, restaurants, bars and other hospitality businesses.

This demand leads to job opportunities for skilled hospitality workers.

You will learn skills in cocktail making, advanced beverage service, leadership, and supervision in a restaurant environment. You will also complete the unit standards needed for your License Controller Qualification (LCQ).

Study full-time. Or, if you're already working in the industry, you may be able to study part-time and continue working.

Career opportunities

Intermediate level positions in high end restaurants, barista, cafes, bars, functions and events.

Programme structure

Students complete the following courses:

Casual food Service
Fine dining
The Bar
Café Beverages

Casual food Service

Develop the skills to become competent employees for the food and beverage sector who are able to work as food servers with advanced skills in the restaurant sector

Fine dining

Develop the knowledge of technical aspects of food service and the roles and responsibilities of the server

The Bar

Learn about the service, sale and supply of beverages in the hospitality industry. This course includes the content of the Licensed Controller Qualification (LCQ) and on successful completion, learners may be able to apply for a managers certificate.

Café Beverages

This course covers the operational aspects of beverage service including service etiquette, safety of stock and equipment and basic stock control.

Further training or study

  • New Zealand Diploma in Hospitality Management (Level 5)

Entry criteria

Applicants are required to complete Year 12 or equivalent of secondary school.

Entry requirements vary from country to country.

IELTS test: General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower then 5; TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT): Score of 530 (with an essay score of 4.5 TWE); TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14); Cambridge English Examinations: B2 First or B2 First for Schools with a score of 154. No less than 154 in each skill; OET - Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests; Pearson Test of English (Academic): PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36

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