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NZ Certificate in Food and Beverage Service (Café Strand and Restaurant Strand) (Level 3)

Please note this programme is on hold for 2024.

Study Options



18 weeks


Level 3

Create Fine Food and Offer First Class Service

Learn how to make exceptional customer service an everyday event in the hospitality industry as you learn how to create positive first impressions in restaurants, cafés and bars.

You can then build upon these skills by continuing on to the Level 4 programme, which focuses on professional restaurant, bar and wine service.


The Café Strand and Restaurant Strand of this programme enables you to pursue a professional career in cafés and restaurants. In particular, the programme is designed to meet the needs of those who want to enter the hospitality industry with a customer/guest service focus, with additional café style food preparation and cookery skills.

The strands in this qualification allow graduates to specialise in food and beverage service and café style food preparation and cookery.

As a graduate of this qualification you will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively when serving customers and behave in a professional manner with colleagues, managers and customers.
  • Follow standard operating procedures to deal with familiar problems in a hospitality establishment.

Your Future Career and Study Opportunities

This qualification may lead on to the NZ Certificate in Food and Beverage Service (Restaurant Strand) (Level 4), NZ Certificate in Cookery (Level 3) and NZ Certificate in Cookery (Level 4).

Employment pathways could be: cookery and service personnel in cafés, bars or clubs, restaurants which provide table and/or buffet services, establishments which cater to functions, or baristas in hospitality establishments, or a crew member in a quick service restaurant.



There are two entry dates per year:

  • February
  • July (Restaurant Strand only)


Entry requirements

International Entry Requirements

Academic Learning Services

Academic Learning Services is here to assist you on your journey towards the successful completion of your studies at EIT | Te Pūkenga. Our aim is for you to become confident, competent and independent learners.

We have dedicated advisors who can assist with your learning.

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