Food and Nutrition Management

Food and Nutrition Management

Program Overview

Food and nutrition is a rapidly growing global industry. If you want to be a part of it, Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Food and Nutrition Management program will fit you to a tee.

The program develops skills in all three areas—food, nutrition and management. This opens doors to careers in food and nutrition in hotels, restaurants, hospitals, post-secondary institutions, remote mine sites and more.

Food and Nutrition Management is a nationally accredited two-year diploma program offered at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Saskatoon Campus . Build practical, hands-on knowledge and skills in food, nutrition and management, including:

  • basic cooking and food preparation
  • food service and customer relations skills
  • coordination of catering and cafeteria promotions
  • management and marketing skills
  • menu planning
  • nutrition and special diets
  • participating on health care teams

Our Kitchen is Your Classroom

Hands-on training in food preparation and cooking is an important part of the program. As a supervisor or manager, you need to know food service from both sides of the “house.”

Put Nutrition on the Menu

Your practical training in nutrition includes nutritional assessment, menu planning and writing specialized diets as part of overall health treatment plans.

Get Real-World Experience

A practical experience in your second year provides on-the-job training in food and nutrition management in acute care, long term care and/or commercial settings. You’ll also polish your management skills during a one-month project at Le Bistro, the popular coffee shop on Saskatoon Campus.

2 More Years = Degree

Use your Saskatchewan Polytechnic diploma as a ladder into the third year of degree programs at the Athabasca University in Alberta. You can also use your diploma as credit toward becoming a journeyperson cook.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

When you graduate, you’ll be able to work as a food service supervisor, catering manager, nutrition manager, diet technician, quality control manager or marketing/sales consultant for a food manufacturer. Look for jobs in the food service departments of hospitals and long-term care homes, private care homes, in hotels, restaurants and catering companies, in primary and secondary schools, colleges, correctional facilities and retirement communities.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
Certified Nutrition Manager (CNM)Restaurant and Food Service Managers (0631)$27,100 - $97,100
Nutrition Manager (NM)Restaurant and Food Service Managers (0631)$27,100 - $97,100
Food Service SupervisorFood Service Supervisors (6311)$24,000 - $43,700

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): September

Length: 70 weeks: 

Year 1 - 35 weeks; Year 2 - 35 weeks

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  • Saskatoon


Admission Requirements


  • Employers and/or supervisors of practicums may require a Criminal Record Check and/or security clearance before you can complete the program requirements. The cost of the Criminal Record Check and/or security clearance are the responsibility of the student.
  • Students will need to have experience with Microsoft Word and PowerPoint prior to entering the program.
  • Practicum experiences are assigned by the Food and Nutrition Management program in partnership with industry partners. There are limited placements at each location. Enrolment in the program will require acceptance of the practicum as assigned and this placement may be outside of Saskatoon.

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.


  • 250 Arithmetic
  • 250 Reading
  • 245 Writing
  • 4 Writeplacer

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

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as approximate cost for books and supplies. Visit the Tuition and Fees web page for a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program.


2020/21 Academic Year

Year 1 - $7,625
Year 2 - $6,510

International Students

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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 links below to more information about PLAR and detailed PLAR candidate guides for courses in this program.

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.

30 credit units may be granted towards: Bachelor of Management (3 yr PD), Bachelor of Management (4 yr PD), Bachelor of Management (4 yr PD) with major, Bachelor of Commerce (PD), Bachelor of Commerce (PD) with major, Bachelor of Human Resources and Labour Relations (PD)

60 credit units may be granted toward Bachelor of Professional Arts-Human Services (BPA-HRSV)

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.

More about scholarships


Canadian Society of Nutrition Management

The Canadian Society of Nutrition Management (CSNM) accredits the program, which means your diploma is recognized across Canada. Graduates are eligible for membership in both CSNM and the Saskatchewan Society of Nutrition Management.

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