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

  • Full Time
  • 16 Weeks
  • 8 Feb 2021
  • NZ$3,672*
  • NZQA Credits

Learn the practical skills to become a barista, bartender, hospo professional. Understand the fascinating world of restaurants and cafés, learn how to taste and recommend wine and make impressive cocktails, gain skills to work on super yachts and set sail on your international adventure.


The New Zealand Certificate in Food & Beverage Level 4, Barista, Wine & Spirits will develop practical skills to enhance your career opportunities, learn about the world of wine and spirits and build pathways to more senior restaurant and hospitality management roles. You can start your hospitality and event management career in this fast growing sector of the tourism and hospitality world.

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, restaurant, café and sales skills form an important hands - on module of this programme. The menu component focuses on understanding culinary terms, cookery techniques, ingredients and specialist products like fresh herbs, bread and artisan cheeses. The Licensed Controller Qualification (LCQ) for the Sale of Alcohol Act 2012 qualifies you to become a duty manager for a licensed café, restaurant or bar.

New Zealand and International Wines

The Certificate in New Zealand Wine explains how to taste wine and understand New Zealand's leading wine regions and at the same time introduce you to leading international grape varieties and wine appellations. You will 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 wine estates. You will gain a new appreciation of the importance of France's wine culture and complete the London based Wine and Spirit Trust (WSET) Award in Wine Level 1. This is a wonderful introduction and many of our students go on to further study and develop impressive careers in the dynamic international wine world.

Bartending, Cocktails & Mixology

In this cocktail and mixology module, you will study key bartending skills and how to make classic cocktails and those techniques of shaking, stirring, pressing and crushing. You will learn about the international spirit categories and leading brands of spirits and liqueurs. This course includes 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 and Cruise Ships.  And in Auckland, with a focus on the Americas Cup 2021, you will learn about the ship life, key personnel  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 about the planning and organisational aspect of events.


During the programme, you will have two weeks work placement 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


  • 8 February 2021 - 24 May 2021
  • September 2021 (Dates to be confirmed)


  • Monday - Friday
  • 8:30 am - 2:30 pm
  • Work placement: 60-80 hours

Page Updated: 22 Oct 2020

Study Fees Free

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International Students

Auckland is a vibrant, multicultural city beside the sea and touches 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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