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New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service (Level 3)

This course is available


Level of Study



17 weeks

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


Otago Polytechnic


Energy and enthusiasm are essential qualities when you work in the hospitality industry.

This hands-on programme is your first step towards a career in the largest industry in the world, with endless job opportunities across New Zealand and the globe. You'll gain valuable work-ready skills for front-line service in the café and bar sector and join the Hospitality industry at entry level as a qualified food and beverage attendant.

Skills required

  • Good communication skills
  • To have a good work ethic
  • Maturity and honesty
  • The ability to work well under pressure
  • Confidence when dealing with customers.

Further study options

Progress into our New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service (Level 4) (Restaurant Services) - (Semester Two only) to advance your skills and increase your employment opportunities. Another option is the New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 3).

You will learn

You will spend 70% of your time in an applied, directed learning situation and 30% with self-directed study.

You will learn how to describe and apply basic service operations in the food and beverage sector to meet industry requirements and understand the hospitality work environment. This covers professional café and bar service, including counter and table service, food preparation, cocktails and bar service with barista knowledge, and you'll train in real and simulated work experience situations.

Entry criteria

Open entry.

International students will be individually assessed to ensure you are ready for this study.

IELTS test: General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5; TOEFL paper based test (PBT): Score of 500 (with an essay score of 4 TWE); TOEFL internet based test (IBT): Score of 35 (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; Pearson test of english (ACADEMIC): PToE (Academic) score of 36; Language Certificate: B1 Achiever IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill.

Apply - By 30 November and 30 April. Late applications will be accepted based on availability of places.

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