How to become a bartender in New Zealand

28 September 2021
How to become a bartender in New Zealand

 

Why become a bartender?

Bartenders prepare and serve drinks in bars, restaurants and clubs.

If you love working around other people, then bartending could be a great career for you. Bartenders work in a range of hospitality venues, ranging from clubs for formal settings. They know the basics of drink mixology and some go on to master the craft of specialist cocktail making. Additionally, bartenders needs to have an understanding of the law.

Alternative job titles

Bar attendant
Bar staff

 

Understanding the best way to become a qualified bartender in New Zealand looks complicated but is easy. Here are the steps you need to take to start your career as a bartender.

Step 1

Choose and enrol with a registered training provider

Step 2

Complete in a level 3 certificate program

Step 3

Progress to level 4 certificate program and complete a Liquor Control Certification

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Average Pay

$40 - $55k per year

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Length of training

35-40 weeks

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Available Jobs

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  • Friendly and polite

  • Mature and honest

  • Adaptable

  • Able to concentrate for long periods

  • Able to work well under pressure

  • Able to use initiative

  • Able to follow instructions

  • Good at maths.

  • Bars and pubs

  • Restaurants

  • Hotels and function centres

  • Nightclubs or dance venues.

 

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