New Zealand Certificate in Baking (Generalist) (Level 4)

Programme details

Code NZ1842
Level 4
Credits 120
Duration 1 year
Domestic student fee $6,552* (per year)
IntakesSemester 1
Study options Full-time
LocationRotorua (Mokoia)
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Information for international students

Tuition fee$19,950
Minimum IELTS5.5 with no band score lower than 5.0
Duration (length of study)1 year
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Programme aim

If you are detail-orientated and enjoy being creative, this combination is perfect for you if you also love to bake.

This one-year programme will give you the fundamental knowledge and skills to create beautiful and delicious bakery products, from various types of breads and pies, to cakes and biscuits. The four courses that make up this certificate give you plenty of a hands-on opportunities in our professional kitchens, using commercial machinery, for real-life situations. You’ll be learning from highly experienced tutors with more than 30 years of experience as bakers, managers and product developers.

Course content

FOOD4020 Principles of Baking
FOOD4021 Bakery Café Skills
FOOD4022 Craft Baking Skills
FOOD4023 Proficiency in Baking

Additional costs for all students

Additional costs include uniforms and non-slip leather shoes (approx. $350).

Career opportunities

Chef; café, food and beverage or restaurant manager; caterer; kitchen assistant; baker; pastry chef

Award information

To be eligible for the award of the New Zealand Certificate in Baking (Generalist) (Level 4) you must successfully complete 120 credits.

Knowledge and skills you will gain

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Use baking knowledge and skills to produce a range of bakery products, including biscuits, breads, cakes, and pastries to agreed standards under broad guidance.
  • Demonstrate the basic principles of bakery science and quality management across a range of bakery products.
  • Demonstrate the principles of health and safety hygiene standards required in the baking industry.
  • Meet production targets by managing self and/or team.
  • Safely operate and maintain a range of equipment and machinery in production of bakery products.
  • Apply a range of effective communication and interpersonal skills required in the baking industry including literacy and numeracy skills required to monitor and report on quality and production targets

Entry criteria

  • You will need to have NCEA Level 2 or a New Zealand qualification in level 3 baking or cookery.
  • If you are 20 years or older and do not meet the academic entry requirements above, but have skills, education or work experience to indicate that you have a reasonable chance of success, you may be eligible for special admission.
  • Evidence of English language competency must be provided if English is not your first language.

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Page last updated: 19 Oct 2017