Bakers prepare, bake and decorate bread, rolls, pastries, cakes, biscuits and other goods. Bakers work in a number of different environments from bakeries, patisseries, and cake shops to hotels, restaurants, cafeterias and factories - or, as part of a bakery department for a supermarket or even a cruise ship.

To become a baker you usually need to complete an apprenticeship and gain a National Certificate in Baking, Plant Baking or Craft Baking. Completing Baking Gateway units while you are at school could be the first step on a path to a baking apprenticeship and an exciting career as a baker.

Bakers usually work in shifts and may work early mornings, evenings and weekends. So if you’re an early bird, or you’d like a career where you have the day to yourself, this could be for you.

Bakeries can be hot and noisy, and bakers often need to work to strict deadlines - this can be stressful at times, but if you enjoy buzz and excitement around you, like being creative, and working in a team to meet deadlines, you could thrive in a bakery.

All distance learning prices are in New Zealand Dollars (NZ$) and are GST exclusive.

Key Skills

These unit standards will give you the key skills you need for a job in baking.


Learn the steps involved in making biscuits, from preparing and mixing ingredients through to baking and decorating the biscuits.
Learn about the different ways of finishing bakery products, including icing, glazing, decorating, topping and filling products.
Learn the steps involved in making different types of bread products, from preparing ingredients and mixing the dough through to baking the bread.
Learn about how to make different pastry products, like pies, sausage rolls and tarts.