NZ Certificate in Food or Beverage (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.

Intake: Feb and Aug 2024

Location – Tauranga and Waihi

Duration: 2 days/week, 34 weeks, part-time

Delivery Format: Face to Face

Total credits: 47

Indicative Fees: $1721


  • 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

Module 2 – Food Health & Safety Operations

Module 3 – Production Basics

Module 4 – Work Environments