The Food Safety Certificate (Level 3)

The Food Safety Certificate (Level 3) teaches food safety and hygiene in a real New Zealand café environment.

This practical-based training programme (80 per cent practical, 20 per cent theory) is based at our operational training facility, the AIS Asquith Cafe. You will learn food handling, and how to safely and confidently prepare food for our paying customers, gaining the valuable skills and experience required to succeed in the food industry.

This certificate is a game-changer for anyone wishing to work in a café or commercial food environment, as good employers often look for a food safety qualification when hiring staff.

Job Opportunities

Entry level positions such as a café assistant, food handler or food preparer within the hospitality industry.

Programme Structure/Courses

The Food Safety Certificate covers one unit standard.

27955 – Apply food safety practices in a food related business (level 3, Credits 5, V1)

Successfully completing this unit standard and the practical sessions will give you the skills required to gain employment in the hospitality industry as a food handler or café assistant within the hospitality industry. 

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$55
Resource Fees: NZ$120
Total: NZ$175

2020 Programme Fees: NZ$65
Resource Fees: NZ$120
Total: NZ$185

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