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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, Wairarapa, Whanganui

Duration: 1 semester, full-time

Palmerston North
20 Feb 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
24 Jul 2017 - 1 Dec 2017

24 Jul 2017 - 1 Dec 2017

24 Jul 2017 - 1 Dec 2017

Domestic Fees:*
$3,549.90Scholarship info

International Fees:*

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). Fees for multi-year programmes are 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.
Class hours are Monday to Friday, 6am - 12pm at our Palmerston North campus, 7am - 5pm in Whanganui, and 9am - 4pm in Wairarapa.

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.

Industry Connections

UCOL Hospitality Schools are members of Chefs NZ, the Restaurant Association of NZ, 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 Literacy 10 credits and Numeracy 10 credits)


Equivalent academic achievement


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

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’.

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.

Course Related Costs

You will need to purchase a uniform, knives and shoes at an additional cost of approximately $430.00.

Course Information

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


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.