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Foundations of Food & Beverage

This comprehensive training program allows students to develop the knowledge, skills, and real-world training needed for careers in the fast-paced food and beverage industry. Learning occurs through a combination of lectures, practical application from industry experts in the field, and on-the-job training. Whether your interests are in the kitchen, front of house or associate and managerial roles, this program prepares you to enter the workforce and ensures you have the certifications and experience required for entry or mid-level service positions in Food and Beverage occupations at hotels, resorts, restaurants, convention centres and on cruise ships.

  • Foundations of Food and Beverage Co-op Diploma
  • Foundations of Food and Beverage Certificate

Programs listed above have been approved by the Private Training Institution Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills.

Course Breakdown

Course: Essential Food Service

# of Weeks: 4

# of Hours: 80

Course: Food Preparation & Culinary Skills

# of Weeks: 4

# of Hours: 80

Course: Menu Development & Kitchen Management

# of Weeks: 4

# of Hours: 80

Course: Fundamentals of Wine, Beer & Spirits

# of Weeks: 4

# of Hours: 80

Course: Catering, Events, & Occupational Health & Safety

# of Weeks: 4

# of Hours: 80

Course: Introduction to Technology & Social Media in F&B

# of Weeks: 4

# of Hours: 80

Cooperative Work Experience (Diploma Only)

# of Weeks: Max 24

# of Hours: 480

Capstone Project (Certificate Only)

# of Weeks: 3

# of Hours: 60

Cooperative Work Experience (Communication Diploma Only)

# of Weeks: Max 36

# of Hours: 720

*The order in which students will take the courses will vary based on the student’s start date. Contact us for the course delivery schedule.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, you will have an understanding of all aspects, components and terminology of the Food and Beverage industry and will be able to pursue a career in front or back of houses, restaurants, hotels, resorts, bars, cruise ships and event venues.  You will also achieve 6 nationally and internationally recognized certificates that are highly valued in the Food and Beverage Industry.

Certificates Achieved

Students will walk away with the following certificates at the end of the program:

Food Safe
Serving Right
American Hotel & Lodging

Admission Requirements

Minimum Age: 19 Years

Language Skills: International students must demonstrate intermediate level English with Tamwood Career’s online test and interview. The online test and interview are exempt if CEFR B1, IELTS 5, TOEFL iBT 35, Cambridge PET (Merit), Tamwood Language Centre’s intermediate level or proof of successful completion of Tamwood Language Centre EAP 192 is presented.

*Students who need to improve their English skills before getting admitted to this program can take English courses at Tamwood Language Centres.

Program Length



Co-op Diploma

Communication Certificate

Communication Diploma

No. of Weeks

27 Weeks

48 Weeks

39 Weeks

72 Weeks

Program Features

Learn from industry professionals with first-hand knowledge

Level up your career

Earn money by working while you study

Combination of in-class lectures and practical application

Small classes encourage dynamic instructor to student and peer-to-peer learning

Gain valuable Canadian work experience through a 24 week co-op work term

Co-op Work Experience

Diploma program students complete a 480-hour co-op education work placement that starts on completion of the six-month study term. Co-Op positions are typically entry level to get you working from the ground up. Work placements are available in: Vancouver, Whistler, Toronto and other areas in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario.  You will receive assistance and tools to help you find work and start earning income fast! Our work placement coordinators work with you to connect you with employers and great jobs and they stay connected and support you through your entire program.

Visit our Work While Studying page to read more about the services and support you can access as a co-op student.

Pre-Arrival Job Placement in Whistler

In Whistler only, Tamwood Careers offers students the option to apply for a job and secure an interview and job offer prior to arrival. This way you will know what job you will have, how much you will make, and where you will live before you travel to Whistler.  Tamwood has partnered with some of the 5-star hotels in Whistler including the Four Seasons, the Pan Pacific, and the Westin Hotel.  These hotels interview our job applicants and make offers for jobs that will be part-time hours for the study term (24 weeks) and then full-time hours for the co-op work term (24 weeks). All of the hotels offer staff housing and students who get jobs at the Four Seasons or the Pan Pacific can stay in their staff housing from the first day they arrive and through their entire program. Learn more here.

Contact us if you have questions about applying to Tamwood Careers Whistler.

Career Occupations

Graduates of this program will be prepared for a variety of food and beverage service and/or preparation positions in a broad range of settings: for example, hotels, resorts, restaurants, casinos, convention centres, and cruise ships.

About the Capstone Project

The Capstone Project is an academic project in which students select a topic that relates to both their studies and their field of work.  This is submitted in the form of a final written report or presentation. In selecting and working on their project, students will practice critical thinking, solving challenging problems, and developing skills such as oral communication, research skills, planning, self-sufficiency, and goal setting—valuable skills that are sought after by employers!

Our Hiring Partners
Four Seasons
Scandinave Spa
Fairmont Whistler
Hunter Gather
Whistler Blackcomb
Whistler Cooks
Tandoori Grill