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Certificate in Food & Beverage, Barista, Wine & Spirits, Level 4

  • Full Time
  • 16 Weeks
  • 10 February 2020
  • NZ$3,672*
  • NZQA Credits

Learn to be a skilled barista and bartender, understand the dynamic world of restaurants and cafés, learn how to taste and recommend wine pairs and make impressive cocktails, gain skills to work on superyachts or cruise ships and set sail on your international adventure.


The Certificate in Food & Beverage, Barista, Wine & Spirits will 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. 

Start your hospitality and event management career and join a fast growing industry. Are you creative and love people? Then this is the perfect career for you that can open doors locally and internationally.

Learn vital skills that you can use in various aspects of your career!

Course Content

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.

Bartending, Cocktails & Mixology

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.

Accommodation, Superyachts & Cruise Ships

This module introduces you to guest services for hotel accommodation and interior (cabin) training for Super Yachts. You will learn about the ship life including a field trip to visit and meet with key personnel on yachts moored in Auckland's Viaduct. The employment module discusses how to write your resumé (CV) and tips on how find jobs on Superyachts and Cruise ships.

Event Management

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 Front of House (FOH) staff member in a restaurant and café. Many students are offered part time work at these businesses following their work experience module.


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.


  • Certificate in Hospitality & Event Management, Level 5
  • Certificate in Professional Wine, Sommelier
  • Certificate in Cookery, Foundation


  • Hours: 8.30am - 2.30pm
  • Monday - Friday
  • Includes 60 - 80 hours work placement module
  • FREE FEES for School leavers


  • 10 February  - 25 May 2020
  • 11 May - 24 August 2020
  • 7 September - 21 December 2020
  • 8 February - 24 May 2021

Study Fees Free

All full time NZQA Approved courses are eligible for Fees Free funding. If you’re a New Zealander or are ordinarily resident in New Zealand and were at school in 2017, 2018 or 2019 (other than as an adult student), you may qualify for the equivalent of one years’ fees-free provider-based study or two years’ industry training in 2019.

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International Students

Auckland is a vibrant multicultural city beside the sea, sprawled between two harbours and two oceans - the Tasman and the Pacific. It offers the best of both worlds - all the buzz, entertainment, nightlife and cultural activities of a big city, as well as an outdoor lifestyle with numerous sporting and leisure activities.

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