Whether you’re passionate about sweet treats, bread baking or delicate pastries, you’ll gain a solid foundation in baking skills. Our experienced dessert chefs will teach you to create and present beautiful bakery items. Work as a trainee baker or progress to further training.

What you will learn

  • Learn the use of different flour types, sugar varieties and yeast
  • Understand why ingredients are combined together in exact quantities to produce products
  • Produce a range of yeast-raised classics, including baguettes, bagels, pizza bread and plaited loaves
  • Create melt-in-your-mouth shortbread, yo-yo biscuits and biscotti
  • Cover traditional cakes, lamingtons, Victoria sponge, berry friands and a range of slices
  • Progress through pastry-based products, from savoury pies and puff pastries to sweet tarts and turnovers
  • Cater to dietary requirements with gluten-free alternatives
  • Learn techniques for finishing and presenting basic bakery items
  • Work in a team to produce bakery items for sale
  • Follow food hygiene processes to prepare, cook, serve and store food safely


Career options

Gain entry level positions in commercial bakeries.

  • Baking apprentice
  • Trainee baker


Entry criteria

Under 20 years

NCEA Level 1 literacy and 10 NCEA Level 1 numeracy credits, or an equivalent qualification.

Over 20 years

If you’re 20 years or over, you may qualify for special admission on this programme. Contact us if you don’t meet the Under 20 entry criteria.


Note: Our Kāpiti Campus is closing. All 2019 Kāpiti programmes will be moved to Porirua.

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