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Food Service Worker Certificate

Program Highlights

Food Service workers enjoy the camaraderie of working hands-on in a busy team environment and the responsibility of looking after the nutritional welfare of their clients. Your education in nutrition will include the workings of a kitchen in a health care setting and specialized food preparation techniques.

Is This You?

This is a specialized training in the food service industry, and wages are usually higher than in mainstream food service establishments. You will become part of a team as you pursue your passion for preparing nutritious food that will benefit the health of your customers.

Career Prospects

This program fulfills the training requirements for dietary aides working in health care facilities as established by the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Community & Social Services.

Employment opportunities range from hospitals and long-term care facilities to private clinics and retirement residences.


Some courses require additional textbooks and/or materials. Please visit your campus store in-person or online: Peterborough Campus Store or Lindsay Campus Store.

Certificates must be completed within five years. Once you have completed all certificate requirements, please contact us again for your official certification.

Courses in Food Service Worker Certificate

Details and registration below

Mandatory Courses

Introduction to Nutrition (In Class) (CULN023)

Study the basic principles of nutrition and the role of nutrition in the health care environment. You will explore current nutrition recommendations for fat, fibre, vitamins and minerals and weight control and the implications of social and cultural aspects of food.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday (9:00am - 3:30pm)

Nutrition in Health Care (In Class) (HLTH051)

Discover the basic principles of diet therapy, diets for heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, digestive diseases, cancer and HIV. Special diet recipes and commercial products are also presented. Pre-requisite: Introduction to Nutrition.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday (9:00am - 3:30pm)

NOTE: no class on Good Friday, April 19th

Institutional Food Service (In Class) (HLTH050)

Explore the role of a food service worker in the health care institution environment. We will discuss departmental organization, policies, procedures, and job descriptions. The stages of various food service systems and menu processing will be examined. Special emphasis will be placed on quality assurance and industry work standards.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday (9:00am - 3:30pm)

Communication and the Food Service Worker (In Class) (COMM047)

Learn effective techniques for communicating with patients, residents, coworkers and supervisors. General principles of human communication will be explored including verbal interaction, inter-cultural communication and listening skills.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday (9:00am - 3:30pm)

Sanitation and Safety (In Class) (CULN025)

Prevent food borne illness within the health care institution by learning about the special regulations and acts governing food service as well as the strategies involved in proper food handling and controlling contamination, with a focus on safe working environments for the food service worker. Course fee includes: Food Safety, WHMIS 2015 and Smart Serve certifications.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday (9:00am - 3:30pm)

Quantity Food Preparation (In Class) (CULN024)

Become familiar with the cooking principles and methods for preparing food in large quantities. NOTE: For safety and conformity reasons for all cooking courses, you must wear non-slip, non-absorptive closed-toed shoes, full length pants, an apron (available at the bookstore), a white shirt and have your hair tied back.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday (9:00am - 3:30pm)

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