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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: 1 semester, full-time

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

24 Jul 2017 - 1 Dec 2017

HLC Levin
24 Jul 2017 - 1 Dec 2017

Domestic Fees:*
$3,041.50Scholarship 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.

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.

Industry Connections

UCOL Hospitality Schools are members of Chefs NZ, the Restaurant Association of NZ, active participants in the 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.

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.

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.

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

Course Related Costs

You will need to purchase a uniform at an additional cost.

Course Information

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


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.