Barista Skills Certificate (Level 3)

Our Barista Skills Certificate is a highly practical programme, designed to give you the knowledge and confidence to step directly into a barista role.

The programme equips you with the technical and practical skills to work as a barista anywhere in the world, with tutoring from highly-experienced staff who love sharing their passion for coffee-making in a thriving industry.

The Barista Skills Certificate programme is based in the Asquith Café, with 80 per cent practical based learning and 20 per cent theory. During the course, you will be taught espresso-making techniques and receive monitored on-site experience in a real café environment. In a country that loves its coffee, the Barista Skills Certificate qualification will open doors for you and improve your employment options.

The maximum number for this programme is six students per intake. These small classes allow for intensive training in a practical environment, maximum supervision when working as part of the café team and sufficient time to learn and complete theory to a high standard. 

Job Opportunities

Entry level positions within the hospitality industry including Barista.

Programme Structure/Courses

The Barista Skills Certificate covers one unit standard.

17288 - Prepare and present espresso beverages for service (Level 3, Credits 5, V5)
Successfully completing this unit standard and the practical sessions will give you the skills required to gain employment in the hospitality industry as a barista or café assistant. 


Programme Tutors

Our programme tutors are highly experienced industry professionals passionate about sharing their experience and expertise in training students in hospitality and preparing them for work.

You will work alongside them to run the Asquith Campus café allowing you to train on the job. In addition to your certificate you will gain invaluable experience in a real working café.

Duration & Start Dates


6 weeks

Start Dates 2020

Courses run subject to demand

Entry Requirements

IELTS 5.0 with no band less than 5.0 / TOEFL iBT 35 (with a writing score of 14) / PToE academic score of 36 /AIS TEP 44/80 or equivalent with no band less than 11; and
16 years and over


2019 Programme Fees: NZ$195
Resource Fees: NZ$155
Total: NZ$350

2020 Programme Fees: NZ$215
Resource Fees: NZ$155
Total: NZ$370

N.B. Full-time AIS students and affiliates are eligible for a $25 discount.

This programme is eligible for a student loan from Studylink. Contact Studylink on 0800 88 99 00 or log on to to apply for student finance.

Download 2019 Prospectus