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Most affordable hospitality certificate courses in New Zealand


New Zealand is popular among students seeking a secure study environment and outdoor lifestyle. It has a diverse and vibrant multicultural society, enriched by cultures from around the world.

Another reason why international students fancy New Zealand is its affordability compared to other first world countries. In fact, for less than PHP500,000 you'll be able to get an internationally-recognised qualification from a New Zealand institution.

Here are just some of the most affordable vocational hospitality courses in New Zealand.

1. Barista Skills Certificate (Level 3)

Auckland Institute of Studies New Zealand

Tuition cost: PHP7,105

Duration: 6 weeks

The Barista Skills Certificate (Level 3) offers professional barista training in a real café environment. It is primarily a practical based training programme that will allow you to gain the skills necessary to become a barista. After completing this programme you'll have the knowledge and essential practical skills to attain a barista position within the hospitality industry. We teach you the basic techniques of espresso-making and supervise you in an operational café where you will perfect coffee making for paying customers.

2. Certificate in Hospitality (Level 2)

Whitireia Institute of Technology

Tuition cost: PHP236,824

Duration: 12 weeks

Get the skills to work in the food and beverage industry, learning coffee and tea making, food service and gain practical experience in our on-site training cafes. The New Zealand Certificate in Hospitality (Level 2) is a 12 week, fees-free programme on which students gain the practical knowledge and skills to begin working in the hospitality industry or explore further study. Our campuses have on-site, purpose-built training cafés equipped with espresso machines and baking facilities. Hospitality students provide café mornings to paying customers with this practical, hands-on experience ensure that they are work ready.

3. New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 3) – Invercargill

Southern Institute of Technology

Tuition cost: PHP255,042

Duration: 17 weeks

SIT's School of Hospitality offers professional level training for those who aspire to become chefs within the hospitality industry. This programme will develop your knowledge and culinary skills and help develop the flair and creativity necessary in the culinary arts to gain employment in this exciting and dynamic industry.

4. New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service - Level 3

ACG - New Zealand Management Academies

Tuition cost: PHP327,910

Duration: 20 weeks

This practical course is the perfect introduction to kick-start your hospitality career. You’ll master the fine art of coffee and cocktail making, learn about restaurant service and food safety and pick up a host of other practical hospitality skills. You’ll come away with a Level 3 certificate and a Certificate of Achievement in Basic Food Safety. Studying on this programme will also give your English and Maths skills a boost.

5. New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service (Level 3) with Barista, Café Service or Bar Services Strand (Workplace)

Ara Institute of Canterbury

Tuition cost: PHP364,709

Duration: 18 weeks

Impress customers and your employer by developing your communication, café and barista skills as well as improving your understanding of business operating procedures. You, your employer and Ara will enter a training agreement that will provide An individual training plan with regular feedback as you progress through the programme, On-job training and coaching from your employer and Ara industry training professionals, Off-job practical and knowledge training in our specialist barista and training restaurant/café spaces at Ara, Access to our Barista Online training package, Practical, on-the-job assessment opportunities to showcase your excellent service and communication techniques.


6. Restaurant and Barista Services

Waikato Institute of Technology

Tuition cost: PHP371,176

The purpose of this programme is to provide you with introductory knowledge and skills to be an effective front-of-house professional in the food and beverage sector. You’ll learn to communicate effectively with customers, professionally serve food and drinks, apply health and safety, food safety and security practices, and gain an understanding of standard operating procedures in a hospitality establishment.


7. Intermediate Cuisine Certificate

Le Cordon Bleu New Zealand

Tuition cost: PHP418,997

Duration: 10 weeks

The Intermediate Cuisine (Intermediate Certificate) programme introduces you to classic French regional dishes through which you will apply the techniques introduced in the Basic level programme. Through practice and repetition, you begin to perform tasks more easily and instinctively. Intermediate Cuisine emphasises the importance of mise en place: understanding, organisation and production. Demonstrations highlight various kinds of presentations from platter to plate.


*Program fees are indicative only. Speak to an IDP counsellor to get up-to-date course prices.

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