New Zealand School of Food and Wine


New Zealand School of Food and Wine

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Certificate in Hospitality and Event Management (Level 5)

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Level of study:
Tuition fees:
16 weeks
Start date: 28-October-2019
New Zealand School of Food and Wine
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This comprehensive programme will prepare you for leadership roles and owning your own business. You will learn financial, operational and management skills which are essential for a hospitality business to thrive. We start with an introduction to New Zealand's legal framework and go on to modules on basic accounting, how to cost out and budget menus and wine and beverage lists. You will develop a keen understanding of hospitality business costs.

Human Resource Management and Employment law form an important part of programme including understanding recent compliance changes, how interview, select, train and appraise new staff members. You will have the experience of planning and organising team rosters for a busy bar and restaurant. A module on hospitality leadership will include how to create effective, high-performing teams in a busy and dynamic environment.

Hospitality & Event Management

You will gain first-hand experience planning, organising and supervising a series of NZSFW events. You will learn how to segment and analyse at the planning stages of an event and to then determine the staffing requirements and technical skills and go on break down the programme and the costs to the client.

Financial Planning

Effective budgeting is a cornerstone of any business. You will learn how to read accounts, cost menus, set sales and production targets specific to the hospitality sector through practical event experience.

Computer Skills

You will learn how to confidently use a computer in a business environment and study Microsoft Excel to create templates, write reports, create budgets, manage stock control and food and beverage costs. The goal is to build key computer literacy skills that will benefit the students in all careers especially as they move to supervisory and management positions.

International Wines

You study WSET Award in Wines and Spirits Level 2. This highly regarded international qualification is recognised as an important pathway to senior roles in hospitality.

This intensive programme explores the wines & spirits of the world. You will learn about the major wine growing regions from around the world, understand their grape varieties and styles of wine as well as interpret their labels. This course also covers how to apply the principles of food and wine matching, give basic guidance on appropriate selection, storage and service of wines and spirits and understand the principles of wine tasting and evaluation.

The course programme covers:

  • How wine is made and other factors influencing the style of wine
  • Key white and black grape varieties
  • Important wine producing regions of the world
  • Sparkling wines
  • Sweet wines and fortified wines
  • Spirits and liqueurs

Career Opportunities

Graduates will be able to work in FOH positions as waiters, bartenders, junior sommelier, duty managers and supervisors in restaurants, bars, catering businesses, clubs, luxury resorts and hotels, super yachts. NZSFW graduates, because of the highly practical nature of this course, are attractive employees to prospective employers.

Pathways to Further Study

  • Certificate in Professional Wine, Sommelier
  • Certificate in Cookery, Foundation

Qualifications Gained

  • New Zealand Certificate in Hospitality Level 5
  • Food Safety Unit Standards
  • WSET Level 2 Award in Wines & Spirits

Entry criteria

  • Aged 18 or over
  • Completed NZ Certificate in Food and Beverage Level 4 or NZ Certificate in Cookery (Advanced) or equivalent industry experience
  • Attend an interview in person or by telephone
  • IELTS 6 or equivalent for international students (English language pathways available)
  • Valid student visa for international students
  • Laptop with Microsoft Office 2003 or later


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