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Certificate in Baking (Generalist)

LevelLevel 4
Duration35 weeks

Get the foundation skills to become a baker or to train further as a patisserie chef. This baking course teaches you the full array of baking techniques and gives you real world experience through a five week internship in a commercial kitchen. This will give you a great head start when you're starting your baking career.


With our Level 4 baking course, you’ll learn both practical knowledge and theory behind working in a commercial bakery including how to create delicious speciality breads and doughs, as well as a variety of cakes and slices.

As part of your course, you’ll learn the principles of bakery science, the basic systems used in a bakery and how to safely operate the equipment you need to use as a baker. We’ll also teach you about food hygiene and health and safety requirements.

Plus, the last five weeks will be spent working in a commercial kitchen or bakery as part of an internship. This will give you invaluable real-life industry experience and contacts.  From here, many students go on to do the Level 5 course and train further as a patisserie chef


A taste of what you will learn

  • The principles of bakery science that ensure your recipes actually work

  • Create café worthy sweet treats, pastries, cakes and cookies

  • Baking at scale and how to safely operate commercial baking equipment

  • Understand how successful bakeries operate and meet production targets

  • Experience a foodie field trip to see where some of the food or ingredients you work with come from

  • Engage in an invaluable 5-week internship within a commercial kitchen.

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New Zealand Certificate in Baking (Generalist) (Level 4) Food Safety Certificate

Domestic Students

- At the start of the course, domestic applicants must:

- Be a minimum of 17 years old. 

- Have NCEA Level 1 or have relevant and current industry experience. If you do not meet these requirements you may still be enrolled if you show the motivation and the skills needed to succeed in the course.

- Be physically able to do the practical components of this programme.

International Students

All international students must:

- Be a minimum of 18 years old at the start of the course.

- Have completed secondary school overseas or New Zealand Year 11 from a New Zealand TEO) or have equivalent work experience.

- Have English language proficiency  If English is your second language, you need an English level of 5.5 IELTS or equivalent with no band score lower than 5 (other English tests or evidence of your English language ability may be approved as advised by NZQA).

- Have travel and medical insurance and a valid visa.


Course costs for New Zealand domestic students are available here.

Course costs for International students are available here.


If you’re planning to start tertiary study or training for the first time you may be eligible for fees-free.  Ask one of our course advisors to help or visit the Fees Free website.


If you meet certain conditions you may be eligible for a student loan and allowances.
Find out if you meet the conditions by calling StudyLink on Freephone 0800 88 99 00 or visit






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Level 4 Baking - Career Opportunities

  • Start working as a baker in specialised bakery stores, cake shops, supermarkets and cafés or train further in patisserie or cookery

  •  Work in craft bakeries

  •  Work in cake shops

  •  Work for bakery product manufacturers

  •  Work in cafés 

  •  Work in supermarkets




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