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Study Hospitality at SIT

SIT has a long history of training exceptional chefs, cooks and culinary artists. Whether you are looking for a short course in barista skills, a course to prepare you for cafe and bar work, or you are an aspiring cook or chef, our range of quality hospitality courses will equip you with professional skills to enter this competitive industry.

We offer recognised cookery, and food and beverage programmes designed to give you a thorough grasp of culinary skills as well as the development of creative cooking and bartending techniques. SIT hospitality tutors are highly respected, internationally experienced chefs whose high standards and passion for their craft will ensure you graduate with top-end skills.

Our classrooms and training kitchens are well equipped. Students operate all aspects of the Bungalow Restaurant and the Vault Café, including serving as wait staff, counter service, bar staff and chefs for several periods during the year. There are opportunities to compete in national culinary arts competitions, and to gain additional City and Guilds international qualifications.

Programmes in Hospitality at the Queenstown campus

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Masters Postgraduate Dip/Cert Graduate Dip/Cert Degree Diploma Certificate Short Course STAR / Gateway*

Queenstown

OCertificate10Hospitality7Queenstown
OShort Course10Hospitality7Queenstown
Masters Postgraduate Dip/Cert Graduate Dip/Cert Degree Diploma Certificate Short Course STAR / Gateway*

* STAR/Gateway programmes are only offered to NZ Secondary Schools

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Hospitality courses at the Queenstown campus

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41 weeks full-time

Following on from the NZ Certificate in Cookery (Level 3), this Level 4 programme allows the enhancement and further development of students' culinary skills.

SIT's classrooms are well equipped and the tutors are very passionate about their craft. Students operate the Bungalow Restaurant on campus for several periods during the year and are encouraged to enter national culinary arts competitions.

This training will help develop the flair and creativity in the culinary arts deemed necessary to gain employment in this exciting and dynamic industry.

On completion of the New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 4), graduates will have the knowledge and skills to:

  • Apply cookery skills to prepare, cook and present a range of cold larder dishes, hot kitchen dishes, and patisserie and desserts, employing complex preparation and presentation techniques
  • Monitor and maintain health and safety, food safety, and security practices, to ensure own safety and minimise potential hazards for customers
  • Monitor and maintain interactions between colleagues, managers, and customers
  • Monitor and maintain the application of standard operating policies and procedures to work roles in a commercial kitchen
Course Details

17 Weeks full - time

The NZ Certificate in Food and Beverage Service focuses on delivering the core skills required for anyone wanting to make a career, or secure seasonal employment, delivering hospitality services, products and experiences to customers.

Gain the skills you need to become a valued member of a café, restaurant or functions team. You'll learn to prepare food and beverages offered at cafés and functions and develop the professional communication skills to serve customers and deal with any customer service issues. You'll also learn to work safely and to regulations in hospitality environments and when handling food.

Course Details

17 weeks full time

SIT's School of Hospitality offers professional level training for those who aspire to beome chefs within the hospitality industry.

This programme will develop your knowledge and culinary skills and help develop the necessary flair and creativity in the culinary arts to gain employment in this exciting and dynamic industry.

On completion of the New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 3), graduates will have the knowledge and skills to:

  • Apply fundamental cookery skills to prepare, cook, and present a range of basic dishes employing commodities commonly used in industry
  • Follow standard operating procedures to deal with familiar problems in a commercial kitchen
  • Apply health and safety, food safety, and security practices to ensure own safety and minimise potential hazards for customers
  • Communicate effectively and behave in a professional manner with colleagues, managers, and customers

In addition to this Certificate qualification, each trainee will have the opportunity to gain the internationally recognised City and Guilds International qualifications (additional fee charged).

Course Details

21 hours - over three days

This course gives students an appreciation of coffee. The course provides information on the history and evolution of coffee and espresso technology for today's café society. It is targeted towards those interested in the barista field, plus those currently within the industry who wish to upskill.

Course Details

9.5 hours. Day one: 9am-6pm. Day two: 90 minute assessment followed by a 15 minute interview

This programme provides theory based units. It is designed to assess the knowledge of people studying in this area who are responsible for liquor sales and service in the hospitality industry, and also for those requiring the knowledge and implications of the terms and conditions of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012.

It also helps people to be able to demonstrate knowledge of alcohol and intoxication, and the responsibilities and requirements for alcohol service in a licensed commercial environment.

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