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New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage (Level 4) (Restaurant Services strand)


Course details

  • Jul 2024
    Feb 2025
  • One semester
  • Full-time
  • $3,800*
  • You may qualify for fee-free study under Fees Free Policy or MPTT
  • Level 4
  • Hamilton Rotokauri Campus


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

From day one, students will be welcomed into our student-run training restaurant, Windows, and the purpose-built barista workshop. Students will work up to serving and making coffee for paying public guests, with guidance, support and training from our tutors.

Students will learn 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 learn about standard operating procedures in the hospitality industry.

​View programme modules

Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
HOSP4201Hospitality Service Standards
Restaurant Food Service
HOSP4203Restaurant Beverage Service
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Frequently asked questions

Undergraduate, semester, pathway, module, and cross-disciplinary - what do these words mean?

Undergraduate means any study up to the level of completing a bachelor degree. Our academic year is made up of two main semesters, one from February to June and the other from July to November. We also have a summer semester for some classes. A degree is made up of a mix of compulsory and elective modules, modules are worth between 15 and 60 credits. A year’s worth of full time study is 120 credits. 

Career/further opportunities

Graduates may be employed as food servers in a broad range of food and beverage service outlets.

​This programme leads to the New Zealand Certificate in Hospitality (Advanced) (Level 5). ​


Entry criteria

You can apply for this programme if you meet one of the below options. ​

General admission

  1. 40 credits at NCEA Level 1, including 10 Literacy credits and 10 Numeracy credits, or
  2. New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service (Level 3), or
  3. a relevant qualification at NZQF Level 2, or
  4. a recognised equivalent.

Special admission

Anyone who is 20 years of age or older and has not reached the general admission requirements is eligible for Special Admission. We work with ākonga (learners) to ensure they are prepared for their intended programme. 

Discretionary admission

Anyone who is not yet 20 years of age and has not reached the general admission requirements for their intended programme may be eligible for Discretionary Admission. In assessing whether to grant Discretionary Admission, the delegated authority focuses on the applicant’s level of preparedness for their intended programme.

English language requirements

Applicants for whom English or te reo Māori is not a first language need to provide evidence that they have the necessary English language proficiency required for the programme. International applicants are required to have an IELTS (General or Academic) score of 5.5 with no individual band lower than 5 from a single test taken in the preceding two years, or an equivalent described in NZQA Rules.

Do not meet the entry criteria or need more information?


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: Wednesday 17 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. 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


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

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