Certificate in Baking (Generalist) with Internship (Level 4)

Central Auckland - 3 February 2025

The Culinary Collective

Fees Free!
NZQA Level: 4
NZQA Credits: 120
Learning Style: In-Person Learning
35 weeks
Start Date:
End Date:
31 October 2025

This qualification is designed for learners who wish to gain foundational skills in baking, covering all areas from operating baking equipment, baking breads, biscuits, sweets, and the principles of bakery science. This programme allows learners to undertake a 5 week intership as part of their study in a commercial kitchen or bakery. This programme is a pathway to becoming a baker, or taking up futrher study towards becoming a patisserie chef.

Start here to become a baker or get the foundation skills to train further as a patisserie chef. This 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 is a great head start when you're starting your baking career.

You’ll learn both the 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. From here, many Creative Baker students go on to do the Pastry Chef course (Level 5).

100 Symonds Street, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010

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

Domestic Students

  • You need to be at least 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.

  • You should be physically able to do the practical components of this programme.

International Students

  • You need to 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.

  • 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).

  • You must 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 www.studylink.govt.nz


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