New Zealand Certificate in Baking (Generalist)

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

Gain advanced baking and patisserie skills and open a world of job opportunities. Work with advanced doughs, pastries and decorative mediums to produce saleable quality bakery and patisserie items. Grow your capability to work as part of a commercial bakery team, by getting real experience in a bakery or patisserie environment.

What you will learn

Whether you want to expand your culinary skills in patisserie or continue on your journey as a baker. You will gain the advanced patisserie and baking skills necessary to produce: restaurant-quality desserts, work with decorative mediums to finish gateaux and celebration cakes, experience the development of a range of superior doughs and baked goods.

  • Learn the skills to compose both classical and modern patisserie work with mousseline, curds and pastes that stand out from the rest
  • Understand the success techniques that contribute to well-made bread; from handling through to baking of simple, laminated and complex bread from around the world
  • Discover the varieties of components from possets, fluid gels including garnishes and the formulas to balance and present stylish restaurant desserts and café sweets
  • Learn the practical importance of organising your work and professional communication when baking in a team
  • Understand gluten-free and other dietary requirements
  • Broaden knowledge of bakery science, terminologies and commodities associated with Baking
  • Finish traditional cakes and contemporary multi-layered crèmes and mirror glazed gateaux the way professionals do 
  • Bring chocolate sculptures to life and put on the finishing touches with blown and pulled sugar showpieces
  • Understand the safe handling and maintenance of bakery equipment
  • Undertake a work experience placement within industry

More detail about this qualification

Classes run Monday – Thursday.

4.5 hours of classes a day, subject to timetable, including morning, afternoon and evening classes. 

Career options

  • Pastry chef
  • Artisan baker
  • Commercial baker
  • Numerous hospitality opportunities café’s, restaurants, hotels, bakeries and catering companies

Entry requirements

Under 20 years

60 credits at NCEA level 1, including 10 NCEA Level 1 literacy and 10 NCEA Level 1 numeracy credits, or successful completion of New Zealand Certificate Baking (Level 3).

Over 20 years

If you’re 20 years or over, you may qualify for special admission on this programme. Contact us if you don’t meet the Under 20 entry criteria.

International students

IELTS (academic) score of 5.5 (no band lower than 5.0) or equivalent.

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You must be able to carry out the physical requirements of the programme.

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Use the knowledge you already have to fast-track your qualification. Workplace-learning, volunteering, professional development, other provider qualifications and online courses can be recognised as prior learning and put towards your qualification. Start by getting in touch with us, or find out more here.

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Last updated: 2/5/2024

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