Separation & Standardisation – Level 4

New Zealand Certificate in Dairy Processing (Milk Treatment) Level 4

Take on a dairy manufacturing apprenticeship and you’ll help process dairy products — from milk powder to cheese, yoghurt and ice cream. Today dairy manufacturing is a sophisticated process carried out in modern high technology plants. 

Course summary


Compulsory topics


12 months

Start date



Topics covered in this programme

Interpersonal – Communication, Teamwork and Planning

  • Plan and manage work priorities and information
  • Analyse and convey workplace information.

Health & Safety and Environmental Sustainability

  • Monitor the implementation of health and safety practices
  • Monitor sustainable environmental practices in own work area.

Food/Product Safety and Quality

  • Implement food safety requirements
  • Monitor the operation of a quality system
  • Carry out clean-in-place processes
  • Demonstrate knowledge of an automated clean-in-place (CIP) process
  • Operate a heat treatment process in a dairy processing operation.

Critical Thinking & Continuous Improvement

  • Monitor and improve dairy operating continuous improvement.

Product Knowledge and Process – Generic

  • Operate pumping equipment
  • Operate a process control interface
  • Carry out a dairy product holding and storage process.

Product Knowledge and Process - Specific

Milk Treatment  (Separation & Standardisation):

  •  Carry out a bulk liquid transfer process
  • Carry out a centrifugal separation process to separate milk components.