Certificate in Food & Beverage, Barista, Wine & Spirits


Develop practical skills with our introduction to hospitality programme to enhance your career opportunities, learn about the world of wine and spirits and build pathways to more senior restaurant and hospitality roles.


Barista, Restaurant & Cafe service, LCQ

You will learn what it takes to become one of the best hospitality service professionals. We start with the Barista Intensive, a two week programme where you learn about classic coffee styles, single origin coffees, roasting styles, working with milk and soy to make extraordinary coffees. Customer service and sales skills form an important component of this programme. The menu module focuses on understanding culinary terms, cookery techniques, ingredients and specialist products used by leading chefs to create innovative menus. The Licensed Controller Qualification (LCQ) for the Sale of Alcohol Act 2012 enables you to become a duty manager for a licensed café, restaurant or bar.

New Zealand and International wines

The NZSFW Certificate in Wine introduces you to how to taste and recognise the leading international grape varieties. You learn about the leading New Zealand wineries and styles of wine that make them famous. This course includes a day trip to Waiheke Island where you will visit three leading wineries. You gain a new appreciation of the importance of France's wine culture touching on Bordeaux, Burgundy, Chablis, Chateauneuf du Pape, and going further afield to Chianti, Valpoilcella, Barossa and more. In this exciting introduction to the world of wines, you will also complete the London based Wine and Spirit Trust (WSET) Award in Wine Level 1 with a focus on wines and food pairing.


In this cocktail and mixology module, you will study the key bartending skills and how to set up and operate a bar, point of sales system as well as how to make classic cocktails and the techniques of shaking, stirring, pressing and crushing. You will learn about the international spirit categories and leading brands of spirits and liqueurs. You will also complete the highly regarded Wine and Spirit Trust (WSET) Award in Spirits Level 2 which is an internationally recognised qualification.


This module is an introduction to event management and the organisation of hosting and running events. You learn how to plan run-sheets to coordinate and organise the event activities along with the teams of staff that are needed. You complete practical work experience during food and wine focused events where you help with the planning, set up and implementation.


During the programme, you will have two weeks work placement to enable you to gain hand-on experience in some of Auckland’s premier cafés and restaurants. During this time you will gain real-life insights into working as a junior FOH Front of House staff member in a restaurant and café. Many students are offered part time work at these businesses following their work experience module.


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PATHWAYS TO FURTHER STUDY - Diploma of Hospitality and Event Management

Many students continue on and complete the NZ Certificate in Hospitality and Event Management Level 5  other students choose to focus on extending their wine knowledge and complete the Certificate in Professional Wine Knowledge.

Some students go on to explore the cheffing world and study cookery. Click here for more information on the  New Zealand Certificate in Cookery Advanced Level 4


Graduates will be able to work as junior FOH, waiters and supervisors in cafés, restaurants, catering businesses, bars, clubs, luxury resorts and hotels, superyachts. NZSFW graduates, because of the highly practical nature of this course, are attractive  to prospective employers.


The New Zealand School of Food and Wine works closely with leading hospitality employers particularly in the Auckland sector of cafés, restaurants, hotels and caterers. All graduates have access to the NZSFW Graduate Placement Service. During the course students will meet privately with NZSFW to discuss career options and their personal goals following the completion of the programme. NZSFW works closely to facilitate job placement upon graduation as well as industry placements during your studies.


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Course Requirements

  • Aged 18 or over;
  • Attend an interview in person or by telephone
  • Upper intermediate level of English: IELTS 5.5 or equivalent for international students*
  • Valid student visa for international students

* English language pathways available.

What Qualifications will I Gain?

  • New Zealand Certificate in Food & Beverage Level 4
  • NZSFW Certificate in Wine
  • WSET Level 1 Award in Wine
  • WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits
  • Licence Controller Qualification (LCQ) Unit Standards
  • Food Safety Unit Standards



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