Food and Beverage Service

Applied Certificate
Food and Beverage Service

Program Overview

Intake to this program is suspended for the 2023-24 and 2024-25 academic years. 

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 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):

There are no offerings planned at this time. For more information, contact Dean Hartsook, Program Head, at or (306) 659-4060.

Length: 12 weeks


  • Prince Albert


Admission Requirements

Alternative Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through an alternative admission assessment. Applicants are automatically considered for alternative 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 Alternative Admission using Accuplacer.

Not applicable at this time


Some programs allow applicants to meet the admission grade level requirement using 15 approved post-secondary credits. Review additional information.

If the program applied to has specific course requirements, they may be met through alternative post-secondary courses. Review already approved courses that may be used for admission purposes for your programs.

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

2019/20 Academic Year


You may be eligible for PTA or Skills Training Benefit

BAR 280
Bar Management and Mixology
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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: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): BAR 183
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
CUST 100
Customer Service Skills
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You will develop your skills in providing customer service with an understanding of cultural, gender and disability diversity. The importance of customer service to an organization will be stressed.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
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: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
FOOD 192
Applied Restaurant Service
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You will develop your communication, management and practical food service skills. You will also use a computerized point of sale system.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): (FOOD 190(concurrent) or FOOD 172(concurrent)), SANT 109(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical, Online, Prior Learning, Web Assisted Delivery Group
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: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Web Assisted Delivery Group
HADM 187
Hospitality Career Development
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You will discuss the scope, nature and trends of the hospitality industry. You will develop a personal career action plan and the skills necessary to be successful in today’s job market. Finally, you will learn strategies for developing resumes, cover letters and professional image and will have an opportunity to practice job interview skills.
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
SANT 109
Safe Food Management
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You will learn sanitary food handling techniques that reduce the risk of food poisoning. You will develop management skills and tools to foster a culture of food safety.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Equivalent Course(s): SANT 111, SANT 181
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning, Web Assisted Delivery Group
Total semester credits: 16

Get Credit for What You Know

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

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

See link(s) below to get more information about PLAR.

Transfer Credit

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

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)
Graduates of this program may be granted 60 credit hours towards their journeyperson status.

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. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.

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