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Introduction to Barista

Level 2

Combine your love for coffee, attention to detail and great people skills in UCOL’s Introduction to Barista course.

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Quick info

Level: 2

Locations: Palmerston North, Wairarapa

Duration: 5 nights, 5pm - 8pm

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Domestic Fees:*
$284.00Scholarship info

Find out if you're eligible for fees-free study

International Fees:*

Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

Learn how to prepare and serve excellent quality coffee using commercial espresso coffee equipment. 

 Career & Study Outcomes

Successful graduates of UCOL's Introduction to Barista will be able to demonstrate knowledge of commercial espresso coffee equipment and prepare espresso beverages under supervision. Possible job opportunities include barista roles in:

  • Cafes
  • Coffee Carts
  • Restaurants
  • Hotels
To find out more about possible job prospects and salaries, see Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's Occupation Outlook for Hospitality Workers.

 Course Information

In UCOL's Introduction to Barista you'll learn about commercial espresso equipment; making espresso and other beverages using commercial espresso equipment; and prepare espresso beverages under supervision. Beverages include but are not limited to – short black, cappuccino, latté, mochaccino, long black, flat white, hot chocolate, cold coffee-based beverages, chai and flavoured coffees. A key process that you'll learn is aeration of milk using espresso equipment. This involves understanding texturing characteristics, and the impact of temperature and milk varieties.

 Industry Connections

UCOL Hospitality Schools are members of NZ Chefs, Restaurant Association of New Zealand, and Baking Industry Association of New Zealand. We are active participants in Manawatu Hospitality Awards and each campus is well supported by our local industries.

 Learning Facilities

Dedicated commercial espresso machines in our Hospitality department.

 Domestic Entry Requirements

Open entry


For more information about NCEA Credits see UCOL's NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements


 Advice & Guidance

UCOL's Introduction to Barista programme of study comprises four credits and students will complete unit standard 17285.

Students are required to wear suitable clothing and solid covered footwear (long pants, no singlet style tops or loose clothing). Hair must be tied back. Jewellery on wrists and hands may have to be removed for hygiene reasons. Students should be available to attend every session.