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Certificate in Baking

New Zealand Certificate in Baking (Level 3)


Course details


Do you have a natural interest in baking, cooking, or food in general? Turn your passion into a creative career and take your skills to the next level with an industry-recognised qualification.

This hands-on course will give you the knowledge and experience needed to enter the hospitality industry as a trainee baker. You will master techniques for producing, finishing, and presenting a wide range of basic and contemporary bakery items.

Delivered over one semester, with full and part-time options available, you will learn in a real-life kitchen environment at our purpose-built facilities from industry-expert tutors and work together in a team to produce bakery items for sale.

What you will learn

As a full-time student, you will train at our Rotokauri Campus three days a week. Topics include:

  • Learn the use of different flour types, sugar varieties, and yeast
  • Understand why ingredients are combined in exact quantities to produce products
  • Apply food health and safety, and hygiene processes and procedures
  • Produce a range of yeast-raised classics, including baguettes, bagels, pizza bread, and plaited loaves
  • Create melt-in-your-mouth biscuits and cookies
  • Develop sweet and short pastry skills
  • Master traditional cakes, lamingtons, Victoria sponge, berry friands, and a range of slices 

​View programme modules

Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
BAKE301 ​Introduction to Baking

Baking Industry Essentials3

BAKE401 Introduction to Craft Baking Skills420
BAKE303Bakery café Assistant310

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Career/further opportunities

A baking qualification opens many career pathways in an industry where the demand for skilled and qualified bakers is higher than ever. Graduates may be employed as a:

  • Baking apprentice
  • Trainee baker
  • Café chef
  • Self-employed baker


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Entry criteria

This programme is open to anyone who wants to study. You don't need any previous study or work experience to apply.

Selection criteria

  • Applicants are accepted into the programme in the order they are received.
  • An interview process to determine if any specific support is required and to ensure students are well informed about the programme.

English language requirements

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) academic score of 5.5, with no individual band score lower than 5.0; or equivalent.

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Hospitality and Cookery pathway diagram

To check what you need to gain entry to a course, review the entry criteria available on each programme page. These assist you in understanding what qualifications or experience are typically required to gain entry. You can contact our team at or 0800 2 Wintec at any time for further guidance.

Your first day

Are you ready for your first day of class? Check out your start date and where you need to be. You can also find useful information about studying at Wintec on our welcome page.

Semester 2 2024
Date: Monday 15 July 2024
Time: 10am-1pm

Venue: rkLg14, L Block Lecture Theatre, Rotokauri Campus

Please join us for your induction (first day) where you will get to meet your tutor and classmates, be given an overview of this course, and receive a timetable. You do not need to bring anything with you.

What you will need

Timetable information

All Wintec timetables are available online here.

How to find your way around

Campus maps can be found here.

Parking and bus information

Both the Rotokauri and City campuses have parking available - permits are required. Learn more about parking and find out about discounted bus services here.

He reo pōwhiri, your official welcome to Wintec

Tēnei te mihi mahana ki a koe e piki nei, e kake nei ki te Kuratini o Waikato.

You are warmly invited to attend the official welcome to Wintec for all new students, staff and whānau (family) at either our marae, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa or Rotokauri campus. The pōwhiri is a welcoming ceremony involving mihimihi (speeches), waiata (singing), and will conclude with kai timotimo (light refreshments). Please gather at the campus hubs, and a staff member will guide you through our pōwhiri.

Click here to find out when the next pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

Course-related costs

To be purchased from The Brand Makers:

  • Three short-sleeved tees
  • Three chefs caps
  • Three bib aprons
  • Three chefs pants
  • Nine tea towels

You may be eligible to receive course-related costs through StudyLink. Please contact StudyLink for more information.

    Additional information


    Purchasing textbooks

    If your programme requires you to have access to textbooks, these can be purchased through a range of suppliers listed below:

      New Zealand-based suppliers

      General book suppliers

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