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Summary of occupation

Baristas specialise in making coffee, as well as tea and a range of other beverages. This has become a very ‘artistic’ occupation with many baristas competing to perfect the best tasting, and looking, cup of coffee. Baristas may take customers' orders, prepare and serve drinks, and provide information to customers about the content or preparation of their order. They also clean the beverage and food-making equipment, collect payment from and give change to customers, and monitor the amount of stock. Baristas work in cafes and restaurants across the State.

ANZSCO description: Prepares and serves espresso coffee and other hot beverages to patrons in a cafe, coffee shop, restaurant or dining establishment.
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Knowledge, skills and attributes

A barista needs to have:

  • a love of coffee and being in the public eye
  • a friendly and personable demeanour
  • the stamina to remain on their feet for extended periods
  • to ability to perform detailed work quickly and safely
  • the ability to work in stressful conditions
  • the commitment to follow health and safety regulations.
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Working conditions

Baristas work mostly in cafés and coffee shops, but may also work in restaurants, bars, or other food service establishments. Their workplaces are usually busy and may be noisy. They usually work shifts, which includes early mornings, late nights, weekends and public holidays.

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Salary details

On average, bar attendants and baristas can expect to earn between $679.90 and $799 per week ($35 354.80 and $41 599 per year), depending on the organisation they work for and their level of experience. As a barista develops their skills, their earning potential will generally increase.​

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Tools and technologies

Baristas need to be able to operate coffee machines, as well as food preparation equipment such as sandwich makers. They are often also required to use cash registers, and EFTPOS and credit card machines.

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Education and training/entrance requirements

It is possible to work as a barista without any formal qualifications and get training on the job. However, entry into this occupation may be improved by obtaining a qualification in hospitality or a specialist barista training course. 

The Certificate II and III in Hospitality are offered at TAFE Colleges and other registered training organisations throughout Western Australia. 

It is also possible to complete a traineeship in hospitality – food and beverage. The traineeship usually takes 24 months to complete. ​

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Apprenticeships and traineeships

As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.

If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.

If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.

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Recognition of prior learning

If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.

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