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New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service Level 4

Level 4

Gain supervisory skills for a broad range of food and beverage outlets along with real-world experience at events and functions with the New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service (Restaurant Service Strand).

Food is ready for service at our Palmerston North training restaurant
Quick info

Level: 4

Locations: Palmerston North, Whanganui, HLC Levin**

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:*
$3,096.50Scholarship 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.

UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service (Restaurant Service Strand) will teach you how to interact with colleagues and customers so you can provide a memorable, high-quality dining experience. 

You will attain the City and Guilds Food Safety Unit 203, and get first-hand experience and the knowledge to monitor and maintain customer service, and policies and procedures for a broad range of hospitality environments. 

Note to Levin students: You can study this course at HLC Levin.

 Career & Study Outcomes

Graduates of UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service will be able to:

  • Apply health and safety, food safety and security practices
  • Monitor and maintain interactions between colleagues, managers and customers to provide efficient service
  • Follow standard operating procedures to deal with familiar problems in a hospitality establishment

Employment opportunities include working in:

  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Bars
  • Overseas work
  • Or staircase to further study
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

  • Operational Restaurant Service
  • Operational Beverage Service
  • Hospitality Service Standards

 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 kitchen.

 Domestic Entry Requirements

Applicants should have completed the New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service (Level 3) with strands in Café Services and Functions Services, or an equivalent Level 3 qualification in hospitality, or have the equivalent industry skills and knowledge.


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 General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 (or equivalent). IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (ie combining scores from more than one test is not permissible). 

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

The New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service (Level 4) (with strand in Restaurant Services) comprises 60 credits. 

Full attendance is encouraged to maximise learning opportunities and to optimise success for students.  To meet external examination requirements, 80% attendance of practical classes is compulsory.

This programme will require students to work after hours when studying at the Palmerston North and Whanganui campus. This programme leads on from the New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service Level 3 (with strands in Café Services and Functions Services) programme and is for those students wanting to work in restaurants or bars.

It is recommended that applicants have met the literacy and numeracy requirements for NCEA Level 1 or equivalent.

Your personalised timetable will be available just prior to classes starting, and will comprise a weekly commitment of:
  •  18 hours of lecturer supported learning (class time, theory, computer work and real-life experience in UCOL's training restaurant*)
  •  18 hours of self-directed learning (your own time spent on practical skill development, theory and computer work to complete your assignments)
*Work in UCOL's training restaurants is dependent on time of year.

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.

Students at HLC Levin
Programme requirements may vary. Please contact your tutor for details.

 Additional Costs

Please note that there are additional costs associated with the New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service Level 4:
  • UCOL uniform - Approximately $250
  • Please note that you are already expected to own your own safety shoes.

City & Guilds International, Level 2 Diploma in Food & Beverage Services (8066-02) - Approximately $200


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.