New Zealand Certificate in Food or Beverage Processing (Level 2)

Would you like to gain the skills needed to enter the second-largest career field in New Zealand?

Every day, nearly 300,000 people work in manufacturing-related industry roles producing products that contribute over $30 billion to New Zealand’s economy. Looking towards the future the demand for creative and skilled workers to help shape the industry will only increase.

Workers in the industry act as a link between farmers and consumers by processing plant and/or animal-based products into finished goods ready for consumption. This industry is not only responsible for edible items but also provides raw materials for other industries and products. Some examples are biopharmaceuticals, and health and skin-care products.

What will be the next big trend influencing what we eat and drink? How can food waste be transformed into usable, value-added products? These are some of the topics we look at in the programme.

If this interest you then, this entry-level programme can just be for you!

Study with us and learn how to

  • incorporates skills in demand by employers in the manufacturing industry which are transferable to many different workplaces.
  • product development, manufacturing processes, packaging, marketing and innovation, food preservation, food chemistry, and quality management.

PCTI uses an enquiry-based learning approach along with a mixture of class sessions, self-directed online learning, practical skill workshops and projects which will mirror seasonality and regional trends.  

You will benefit by having a breadth of manufacturing knowledge and transferable skills which will facilitate improved performance in the workplace and career progression, including pathways to higher levels of study.

This qualification may be completed in conjunction with other qualifications at Level 2 including, NCEA, and the Vocational Pathways endorsement in Manufacturing and Technology. Education pathways can lead to the NZ Certificate in Food or Beverage Processing Level 3, NZ Certificate in Baking (Plant) Level 4, New Zealand Diploma in Dairy Processing Level 5.

On successful completion of this programme, you will gain the

New Zealand Certificate in Food or Beverage Processing (Level 2)

Intake: Feb and Aug 2023

Location – Tauranga and Waihi

Duration: 2 days/week, 14 weeks, part-time

Delivery Format: Face to Face

Total credits: 47

Indicative Fees: $1721

This course is eligible for Fees Free study!

Check your eligibility criteria at or contact us!


  • New Zealand Resident or citizen, over the age of 15.
  • No academic requirements. Open entry.
  • Be physically able to work within a Food Processing operation.

Study at a vocational level requires written and oral participation, reading and action research skills and a basic understanding of numbers, measurement and reading tables.

Career opportunities:

Graduates of this programme will be able to work in entry-level/under-supervision operating roles in the food or beverage processing industry.

The topics covered are:

Module 1 – Food Hygiene & Quality

This module provides students with foundation knowledge and application of product contamination and hygiene procedures in relation to processing environments. 

Module 2 – Food Health & Safety Operations

This module provides students with a fundamental knowledge of basic quality

requirements and procedures in the processing business. These are needed to safely maintain quality and use measurement equipment common to the industry. 

Module 3 – Production Basics

This module provides students with a foundation understanding and application of safe production ‘Standard Operating Procedures’ (SOP’s). Students will plan and prepare each production element. 

Module 4 – Work Environments

This module provides students with an awareness of workplace processes and practices used to effectively participate in a processing operation. Students will apply to understand individual and team roles and communicate appropriately in a production environment.

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