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New Zealand Certificate in Baking

Level 3

The New Zealand Certificate in Baking is an intensive bakery course that covers the basics of baking and pastry production including how to make breads and dough, pastry products, cakes and sponges, and bakery small goods.

A delicious strawberry dessert, created by a student at our Palmerston North campus
Quick info

Level: 3

Locations: Palmerston North, Whanganui, Wairarapa

Duration: 19 weeks, full-time

All locations
23 Jul 2018 - 30 Nov 2018

Palmerston North
19 Feb 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
23 Jul 2018 - 30 Nov 2018

Domestic Fees:*
$3,615.00Scholarship 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.

Students enrolled in this baking course will also learn how to produce commercial volumes to be sold in retail shops or restaurants and gain lots of practical hands-on experience backed up with theory thanks to our industry experienced chefs.

Hear from 2017 graduate, Zach Meads:


 Career & Study Outcomes

Successful graduates of UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Baking will be able to:

  • Follow health and safety, and food hygiene processes and procedures related to baking industry standards
  • Apply basic baking skills to produce biscuit, bread, cake, and pastry products in accordance with industry standards
  • Work as an effective member of a team to produce required bakery products
  • Communicate clearly and appropriately

Employment opportunities include working in:

  • Baking
  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
To find out more about possible job prospects and salaries, see Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's Occupation Outlook for Chefs.

 Course Information

  • Breads and Doughs
  • Pastry Products
  • Cakes and Sponges
  • Bakery Small Goods

 Student & Staff Profiles

 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

Our students learn from professionals and gain practical experience in our on-site commercial kitchens.

 Domestic Entry Requirements

NCEA Level 1 (including 10 Literacy credits and 10 Numeracy credits)


Equivalent academic achievement


On a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Executive Dean


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

 International Entry Requirements

In addition to the Domestic Entry Requirements, the following applies to international student applicants.

English language proficiency
International student applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS (or equivalent including TOEFL) score of 5.0 with no band score lower than 5. UCOL is a TOEFL iBT testing centre. The English Proficiency test is accepted for English language entry into all UCOL programmes.

Under 20 years of age
For international applicants under 20 years of age who do not hold NCEA, International Academic Qualifications Entry Criteria apply.

 Advice & Guidance

UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Baking comprises 60 credits.

This programme may require students to work outside normal office hours. To optimise chances of student success, 100% attendance is recommended. It is recommended that applicants have met the literacy and numeracy requirements for NCEA Level 1 or equivalent. 
Students need to be aware of the physical requirements for operating in a commercial kitchen environment. Students will be advised to put any special needs or requirements in writing and advise the Programme Leader  before the programme begins. Students who have successfully completed the requirements for the relevant Learning Outcomes in all 4 courses will be eligible for the award of Unit Standard 167 ‘Practise food safety methods in a food business’.

Your personalised timetable will be available just prior to classes starting, which run from Monday to Friday:
  • 6am - 12pm in Palmerston North
  • 6am - 12pm in Whanganui
  • 9am - 4pm in Wairarapa
Your weekly commitment comprises:
  •  19.5 hours of lecturer supported learning (practical learning in UCOL's professional kitchen, theory and computer work)
  •  16 hours of self-directed learning (your own time spent on practical skill development, theory and computer work to complete your assignments)
Recognition of prior learning
Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning, including Cross Credit, Credit Transfer and Assessment of Prior Learning may be made on the Recognition of Prior Learning Form where a student believes all learning outcomes for a course or unit standards have already been met.

Application checklist
It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you apply:

  • National Student Number (NSN) (If you don't have a NSN, you may request one from NZQA, or you can supply a verified copy of your birth certificate, passport or Whakapapa statement.)
  • Evidence of your highest level of academic achievement (and evidence of prior learning, if applicable)
  • Evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme
  • Check if you're eligible for additional support or a scholarship. If you're 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of our free Youth Transition programmes.

Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email.

 Additional Costs

Please note that there are additional costs associated with the New Zealand Certificate in Baking of approximately $520 as follows:
  • UCOL uniform
  • Knives
  • Safety shoes 


The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and Universal College of Learning (UCOL) Trading as Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is accredited to teach it.