Skip to content
hospitality student serving drinks at bar or cafe

New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service (Level 3)

with strands in Barista and Restaurant Services


Course details


This programme provides students with the introductory knowledge and skills to be an effective front-of-house professional in the food and beverage sector.

Students will learn in a practical and hands-on setting at our training restaurant Windows. Students will be guided by industry professional tutors. Our tutors will teach students how to effectively communicate with customers, serve food and drinks in a professional way, apply health and safety, food safety and security practices to their work, and provide knowledge of standard operating procedures in the hospitality industry.

In this programme, students will also gain the skills and understanding required to be a professional barista in the hospitality industry, with hands on training in our purpose-built barista workshop.

​View programme modules

Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
Compulsory module     
HOSP3201 Food and Beverage Core Skills

Bar Services strand

HOSP3202 Bar Service
Barista Services strand

HOSP3203Barista Service320  
Café Services strand     
HOSP3204Café Service320  
Function Services strand     
HOSP3205Function Service320  
Restaurant Services strand     
HOSP3206Restaurant Service320  
​​ *Note: Currently, only the Barista and Restaurant Services modules are available.

Career/further opportunities

Graduates may be employed in restaurants that provide table and buffet services, or as a barista in a hospitality establishment.

Student waiter carrying food to table

Waiter for a night

Have you ever wanted to know what it is like to work in a fun, cool, fast paced, interesting and dynamic industry? Well now is your chance.

Find out more


Entry criteria

General admission
There is open entry to this programme although you must demonstrate a reasonable likelihood of success.

English language requirements
Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an academic International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 5 (general or academic), with no individual band score lower than 5; or an equivalent described in NZQA Rules.

Do not meet the entry criteria?


Hospitality and Cookery pathway diagram

To check what you need to gain direct 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: Tuesday 16 July 2024
Time: 10am-1pm
Venue: rkLg.64 (Restaurant), Rotokauri Campus

What you will need

Restaurant uniform (this must be purchased before the second week of the course)

To be purchased from The Brand Makers:

  • One long sleeve shirt (black)
  • One short sleeve shirt (black)
  • Two aprons (black with pocket)

To be purchased elsewhere (or, if you may already have these, please bring them in to see if they are suitable):

  • Black dress trousers
  • Black shoes: covered toes, low heel, formal type

You may be eligible to receive course-related costs through StudyLink.

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 - payment and permits may be required. The Gardens Campus has free parking available. Learn more about parking and find out about 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

Additional information

  • Throughout the duration of this course, you will have to do a night shift in the Windows Restaurant on Thursday nights, finishing approximately 10.30pm.
  • This course is designed for front of house training, not cookery.


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

    First aid certificate

    Health status



    Clinical placement

    Prospectus (course guide)

    The Wintec Prospectus (otherwise known as a course guide) outlines everything you need to know about Wintec. It contains information about the Wintec campuses, student life, and the programmes that are on offer.

    Access your copy of the Wintec Prospectus

    The Wintec Prospectus (course guide) is available by downloading the file - click on the document below to access the file. Alternatively, to request a copy via email or the post, please complete the form below.

    Request an emailable or printed copy of the Prospectus


    Need help? Want to know how to get started?

    Leave your details here and we will come back to you:

    Wintec is part of Te Pūkenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology Learn More

    Learn with purpose

    Explore Te Pūkenga

    Te Kāwanatanga o Aotearoa - New Zealand Government

    Te Kāwanatanga o Aotearoa - New Zealand Government

    Copyright © 2022 Wintec