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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.

Course Breakdown

Course 1: Essential Food Service

# of Weeks: 4

# of Hours: 80

Course 2: Food Preparation & Culinary Skills

# of Weeks: 4

# of Hours: 80

Course 3: Menu Development & Kitchen Management

# of Weeks: 4

# of Hours: 80

Course 4: Fundamentals of Wine, Beer & Spirits

# of Weeks: 4

# of Hours: 80

Course 5: Catering, Events, & Occupational Health & Safety

# of Weeks: 4

# of Hours: 80

Course 6: 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

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: Students must demonstrate an intermediate level/Level 4 English with Tamwood Careers’ online test and admission interview. The online test and interview are exempt if CEFR B1, IELTS 5, TOEFL iBT 52-64, Cambridge PET (Merit), Tamwood Language Centre’s Level 4, 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 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.

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