Setting up your food business


What you need to know to set up your own café, food truck, pop-up concept, catering business or restaurant.

Module 1-6 are eligible for the NZTE Capability Development Voucher Scheme. which has been developed by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise to help new businesses grow. This is administered by ATEED Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development who have business advisors  working in different sectors including Food and Beverage

Module 1: Defining your concept*

This module looks at the physical set up of a restaurant, bar, café and commercial kitchen in terms of the concept, appliances, customer-flow and location. You will get an overview of food hygiene requirements, Sale of Alcohol certification and other permits that maybe required to open. $225

Module 2: Managing your business*

You will learn about practical operational procedures starting with how to cost out food and beverage products that you wish to sell through useful spreadsheets, point of sales systems, stocktaking and inventory control and important Employment legislation. $225

Module 3: Accounting basics*

This module looks at accounting concepts and discusses how to identify and understand business costs. We spend time using Microsoft Excel to create templates and spreadsheets for a host of applications including budgets, ordering, cash flows and profits and loss statements. $225

Module 4: Building your team*

This module is about building an effective team to make your business hum. We will also cover staff hiring and training with more practical advice on employment relationships with roleplays and problem solving You will learn about customer service expectations, how to take orders, deal with complaints. $225

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Module 5: Marketing your concept*

In this module, you learn the basics of marketing and we outline how to build amix of platforms to promote your business. We look at marketing via social media, understanding google analytics and simple templates for direct mail and building your own website. $225

Module 6: Business Plan & Mentoring*

This module focuses on how to write a business plan that will achieve your goals in a realistic way. It brings together the different strands of the course and helps you to build a strategy of how to execute this process. $225

Module 7: Coffee & Barista training

As you build your skills on the espresso machine, you learn how to get the best results from techniques such as dosing and tamping. You will extract perfect shots of espresso, work on milk-steaming skills, important coffee regions and styles of roast. View all dates on the Barista course page. $295

Module 8: Licence Controller Qualification (LCQ)

To work as a duty manager in a restaurant, café or bar selling alcohol you must obtain the Licence Controller Qualification (LCQ) which consists of NZQA unit standards 4646 (L4 Cr 2) & 16705 (L4 Cr 3). View all dates on the LCQ course page. $215

Module 9: Food Safety

Auckland Council requires people who work or prepare food in cafes, restaurants, takeaways, farmers markets to be trained in food handling and hygiene. This module covers NZQA unit standard 20666 (L2 Cr 2) for food safety certification.  View all dates on the Food Safety course page. $145

Module 10: NZSFW Certificate in Wine & WSET Level 1 Award in Wines

This qualification provides a straightforward introduction to wine. You will learn how to taste and evaluate wines, the main grape varieties, winemaking terms and key wine styles. We cover the basics of food and wine pairing as well. This module covers NZQA unit standards 23060 Viticulture and Wine (L3 Cr 4) and 22912 Evaluate Wine L4 Cr3). View all dates on the Certificate in Wine course page. $895 (includes WSET level 1)

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* These six modules have qualified for the NZTE capability development scheme and are eligible for voucher redemption. You need to contract ATEED to discuss eligibility.

When you join Restaurant Association, mention your study at the NZ School of Food & Wine to get the $25 joining fee waived. 


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Course Requirements

  • Aged 18 or over
  • IELTS 5.5 or equivalent for international students
  • Students will need to bring their own laptop. Microsoft Office 2003 or later required. (Module 1, 3, 5, 6)

What Qualifications will I Gain?

  • Food Safety Unit Standards
  • Licence Controller Qualification (LCQ)
  • NZSFW Certificate in Wine & WSET Level 1 Award (Foundation)

Part Time | 10 weekend modules

Part Time | 10 weekend modules

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