JR Shaw School of Business

Food and Beverage Service

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NAIT’s Food and Beverage Service certificate program will prepare you to succeed in the food and beverage industry as a front-line service professional. You’ll be equipped with skills and knowledge in etiquette, food safety, productivity and efficient revenue generation. As the hospitality and tourism industries recover in Canada, the demand for skilled workers is increasing. Join this growing field and learn the knowledge and skills employers are looking for.

Earn while you learn at NAIT, develop industry-recognized hospitality skills on the job, and gain valuable knowledge through on-campus and online courses. Most of your time will be spent learning on-the-job, paired with on-campus and online courses.

This 8-month, full-time certificate program is a partnership between NAIT and key hospitality employers. Graduates will have the opportunity to continue into the Hospitality Management diploma program, where they will expand their supervisory skills and career opportunities in the accommodations, event management and tourism industries. 

Jan 04, 2023

Quick Facts

Credential: Certificate

Certificates are credit programs that take 1 year or less and lead to government approved and industry-recognized credentials.

Campus: Main

Any in-person components of your courses will be delivered at NAIT's Main Campus in Edmonton. View map

Delivery Options:

  • Online Flexible Delivery - Your course activity is not scheduled and therefore you can determine when to do the coursework.
  • Both On-Campus and Virtual - Some of your coursework will be in-person, on campus and some will be done online.

Length: 1 Year

With a typical full-time course load, this program will take 1 Year to complete.

Open Studies: Not Available

This program does not currently have any courses available for Open Studies.

International Students: Not Accepted

This program is not accepting international students for this intake.

Grad Employment Rate

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Median Starting Salary

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Build in-demand hospitality skills

Gain the knowledge and skills to succeed in the food and beverage industry as a front-line service professional. The delivery of food and beverage is diverse: service can be as intricate as a chateaubriand prepared tableside or as simple as pre-wrapped sandwich handed across a countertop.  Providing customers with refreshments, at any level, requires rigorous training in areas such as guest interaction, food safety and product knowledge.

Upon successful completion of the program, you will be able to:  

  • demonstrate communication skills and professional conduct in alignment with industry and organizational expectations and standards 
  • engage with guests to create exceptional hospitality experiences and build customer loyalty 
  • demonstrate mastery of food and beverage techniques in diverse hospitality settings 

This program allows graduates to enter the workforce within 8 months or continue your studies through the Hospitality Management program.  

Hands-on learning:

The majority of your time will spent learning on-the-job with one of our industry partners; Compass Group Canada, SSP Canada or Fort Edmonton Management Company. Our hands-on learning approach will allow you to take what you learned in the classroom and apply it on the job immediately. This valuable hands-on learning will take place during the fall and winter semesters.  

Classroom and study hours:

In addition to the industry work placement, you will take courses on-campus for the first 2 weeks of the program as well as online throughout the 8 months.   

Food and Beverage Service careers

Graduates of the Food and Beverage Service program are in high demand. The majority of work will be spent in a variety of settings in the food and beverage industry including restaurants, gastropubs, conference and convention centres, cafes, tourist attractions, hotels with food and beverage outlets, quick service restaurants (QSR), non-commercial food services, senior’s residences and long-term care facilities.      

As a successful graduate, you will be able to apply your knowledge and skills in a variety of roles such as:  

  •  Hosts  
  •  Food and beverage servers  
  •  Food service helpers  
  •  Banquet servers  
  •  Quick service restaurant cashier/servers  
  •  Banquet bartenders  
  •  Bartenders  
  •  Bar porters  

Continuing your studies

Hospitality Management Diploma   
Graduates of the Food and Beverage Service certificate program may continue on to the Hospitality Management diploma. The Hospitality Management diploma will help you develop your supervisory skills and progress towards more complex management roles. 

With additional education and experience graduates may move into management positions such as:  

  • Banquet captain  
  • Restaurant manager  
  • Catering manager  
  • Banquet manager  
  • Food service supervisor  
  • Restaurant owner  
  •  Franchise owner  

Courses

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Tuition & Fees

Scholarships & Awards

The following scholarships and/or bursaries are available to you as a student in this program. To access your opportunities, visit the Student Portal.

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