Short Course

Barista Skills

Want to gain recognition of your barista skills? This two day course offers you the chance to gain a comprehensive knowledge of barista skills.


25 June 24
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM –
26 June 24
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM


Otago Polytechnic, Erris Street
Cromwell, Otago 9310,
New Zealand

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About the course

Want to gain a certificate as evidence of your barista skills?

This two-day barista course located at our Cromwell campus offers you the chance to gain a comprehensive knowledge of coffee making. We will cover the history and evolution of coffee and the production of all coffee recipes requested in cafes.

2024 course dates

This course runs over two days. The first day is Thursday 9 May from 9.00am-4.00pm. The second day is Thursday 16 May from 9.00am-4.00pm.

Course fee


Please note: This programme is not eligible for Fees Free funding. 


This course includes the following unit standards:

  • 17284: Demonstrate knowledge of coffee heritage and production 
  • 17288: Prepare and present espresso beverages for service.


You will use the Service IQ workbook and assessment for units 17284 and 17288. Upon successful completion of these two units, you will receive an Otago Polytechnic Certificate of Achievement. 


Trish Wilson will run this short course.

Trish has more than 25 years’ experience working in the hospitality industry, both in New Zealand and in Europe.

During this time, Trish has worked as an Executive Chef in three busy cafés, has owned her own catering business and managed her own café. Over the years she has made many coffees and learnt many skills and tips by working alongside some highly skilled baristas.

Trish has many years of Otago Polytechnic catering and barista lecturing experience at both the Central Otago and Dunedin campuses. She also teaches on our Trades Academy Hospitality programme for high school students which includes food safety and barista courses. Trish has also trained front-of-house students to a national level for the Toque D’Or competition which is held in Auckland each year.

For more information 

Please email or phone 0800 765 9276

To apply 

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We are part of Te Pūkenga

When you apply to study with Otago Polytechnic, you will be enrolled with Te Pūkenga, the new national network of vocational and applied education in Aotearoa New Zealand. You will learn in the same way, in the same place, and with the same people, and you will graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification.


While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative only. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.