Food and Beverage Service

Applied Certificate
Food and Beverage Service

Program Overview

Well-trained, knowledgeable food and beverage professionals are always in demand. Popular local restaurants, hotels and convention centres compete with five-star resorts and international chains for the best talent.

If you see food and beverage service as a career with great flexibility, amazing mobility and excellent earning potential, Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Food and Beverage Service program is step one on the road to a successful career as a server, bartender or host/hostess.

Food and Beverage Service is a 12-week applied certificate offered full time on campus at Saskatchewan Polytechnic in Prince Albert. The program’s five courses cover fundamental knowledge and skills. You’ll get hands-on practical skills in:

  • bar management and mixology
  • customer service skills
  • food and beverage service
  • food safety and WHMIS

Interested in a Management Career?

Use your Saskatchewan Polytechnic Food and Beverage Service applied certificate as a stepping stone into the Hotel and Restaurant Management diploma. It’s a great way to expand career options and earning power.

Apprenticeship Credit

With this Saskatchewan Polytechnic credential, you may be eligible for credit towards journeyperson status. To learn more, contact the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC) or the Saskatchewan Tourism Education Council (STEC).

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

As a Food and Beverage Service graduate, you’ll have the entry level skills you need to work as a server, bartender or host/hostess in restaurants, hotels, convention centres, resorts and more.

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s):

January 4 – March 25, 2016

April 3 – June 23, 2017

For more information, contact Garry Whitley at  or 306-765-1772,

Length: 12 weeks


  • Prince Albert


Admission Requirements

  • Grade 10

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.


Not applicable at this time

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees


You may be eligible for PTA or Skills Training Benefit


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BAR 183
Bar Management
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You will acquire the knowledge and develop the skills needed to produce and serve quality beverages in a responsible manner. You will also learn how to control product costs in a commercial establishment.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 24.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
FOOD 190
Fundamentals of Restaurant Service
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You will develop skills in the procedures used in the service of food and beverage. You will have the opportunity to practice customer relations skills as they apply to a restaurant setting.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 40.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
FOOD 192
Applied Restaurant Service
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You will develop your practical food service skills. You will operate a coffee shop and utilize a computerized point-of-sale system.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 55.0
Prerequisites(s): (FOOD 190 or FOOD 195), SANT 181
Potential Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical, Online, Prior Learning
FOOD 193
Applied Restaurant Service 2 and WHMIS
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You will gain practical experience in operating a full service formal dining room. During the practical luncheon sessions, you will act in various staff positions and operate a computerized point-of-sale system. You will also learn to apply the basic principles of WHMIS in a food service environment.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 49.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
PERS 181
Customer Service Skills
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You will develop your skills in providing customer service.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 24.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
SANT 181
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You will learn sanitary food handling techniques that reduce the risk of food poisoning.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 9.0
Equivalent Course(s): SFTY 111
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online

PLAR & Transfer Credit

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training.

Transfer Credit

Many Sask Polytech students benefit from transferring course credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. Learn more about Transfer Credit.

Transfer credit options vary over time; this information is subject to change. Transfer credit options for this program include:

  • course transfers to Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Hotel and Restaurant Administration program (Food and Beverage Service graduates must meet the program admission requirements)

Student Awards

Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. You don't have to be a brainiac to receive a student award. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.

More about scholarships

Additional Information

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Part-Time Delivery

Some courses in this program might also be offered through part-time programming.

View the program page for a complete list of courses and additional information.

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