This programme has a specific West Coast flavour, aiming to produce work-ready graduates that can deliver excellent standards of food, beverage and customer service to enhance customer experiences on the West Coast.  Students will gain a range of practical, personal, professional and technical skills that meet the high standards expected by hospitality employers.

The programme offers different learning options for school leavers, job seekers, and people working in industry.  Part-time and full-time options are available. 

  • Level:
  • Credit Value:
  • Awards:
    NZ Certificate in Food and Beverage Service, with strands in Café Services; and Restaurant Services
  • Location:
    Greymouth and Westport
  • Method of Study:
    Full time
  • Holiday Duration:
    2 weeks
  • Teaching Duration:
    18 weeks
  • Total Duration:
    20 weeks
  • Start Date:
    12 February 2018 (semester 1) and 16 July 2018 (semester 2)
  • End Date:
    29 June 2018 (semester 1) and 30 November 2018 (semester 2)
  • $2,956

    Free fees may apply, refer to

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  • International Fee (2018):

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Core Elements

Modules are compulsory. The full list of modules includes:

  • Health and safety, food safety and security practices        
  • Food contamination and control methods                            
  • Customer service techniques
  • Workplace communication and professional practice
  • Selling skills and product / service knowledge
  • Coffee preparation and presentation
  • Café counter service and table service
  • Restaurant service                                        
  • Food preparation
  • Nutrition in commercial catering
  • Bar service, host responsibility, liquor legislation 
  • Hot and cold, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks  
  • Beer and wine service
  • Viticulture and wine making
  • Matching beer and wine with food
  • Culinary products and terms
  • Food service styles and menu types

Further Study Paths

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this programme will have the skills to work in any workplace that provides food, beverages, and customer service in cafes, licenced and unlicenced restaurants, bars or clubs.

Entry Criteria

Applicants must have:

  • A minimum of three years at secondary school or completion of NCEA Level 1 or equivalent qualification. 
  • Applications will be accepted from young people who meet Youth Guarantee eligibility criteria.
  • Applicants for whom English is a second language must meet General or Academic IELTS 5 with no band score lower than 5 or NZQA-approved equivalent.

Special Notes

  • Special Entry may be granted where evidence exists that the applicant can successfully complete the programme.