Catering Classes and Certificates

Catering certificate programs and classes instruct you on the basics of catering an event and provide a general hospitality background. Find out what you can learn in these training paths and if online programs are available. Schools offering Hotel & Restaurant Management degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

Catering certificate programs prepare you for both the business and culinary side of the industry, while also typically giving you access to experienced professionals. A catering certificate may include classes on culinary terms, workplace diversity, food service nutrition, and menu planning. Program requirements may include lab and lecture credits. Certificate programs often require up to 30 total credit hours and a minimum of a 2.0 GPA throughout. For those who need flexibility, there are a few online options available.

Classes Food safety and sanitation, cooking techniques, nutrition, accommodating special diets, preparing foreign foods, preparing food for special events
Certificates Catering certificate
Online Online certificates are rare; online or home-study diplomas are more common

What Will I Learn?

In a catering certificate program, you'll learn about food safety. You'll study how to staff and manage a successful catering business. You'll also learn how to accommodate clients with special diets, perhaps for those who are vegan or who suffer from food allergies or other medical conditions. Some other course topics may include the following:

  • Food service sanitation
  • Food preparation
  • Stocks, soups and sauces
  • Baking and pastry
  • Cooking principles
  • Dynamics of catering
  • Professionalism
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Dairy products
  • Breads
  • Business of catering

Can I Earn a Catering Certificate Online?

Online catering certificates do exist, but they are rare. As an alternative, you can enroll in online and home-study diploma programs. These programs provide instructional videos, cookbooks and supplemental readings for you to follow along with at home in your own kitchen. They also offer instructional support via phone, e-mail and the Web. An online diploma program in catering may also offer you the opportunity to learn in a different configuration as opposed to a traditional certificate. Some programs might operate in a module-based format with introductory classes to get your started.

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  • Strayer University

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  • The University of Montana

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    • Colorado: Denver
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    • California: Chula Vista
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    • Georgia: Valdosta