School of Hospitality and Tourism
Food and Beverage Service - Applied Certificate

    Students do not apply to the program, but take courses part-time and apply to graduate once all courses are completed. View courses.

Program Overview

  • SIAST Woodland Campus, Prince Albert
Length: Varies

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, SIAST’s Food and Beverage Service program is step one on the road to a successful career as a server, bartender or host/hostess.

Our Program

Food and Beverage Service is a 12-week applied certificate offered part-time through SIAST Woodland 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 SIAST 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.

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.

For more information, contact Student Employment Services at a campus nearest you.

Program Details

Start Date(s): Varies

Tuition and Fees

For tuition information, contact Michael van Grondelle at or 306-659-4060

Admission Information

Admission Requirements


Note: Students do not apply or have admission requirements assessed for this program. Students currently take courses part-time, and once all courses are successfully completed, apply to graduate. View courses.


Not applicable at this time

Post-Secondary Success

Not applicable at this time

Admission Method

Not applicable at this time

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

SIAST 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 SIAST students benefit from transferring credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. To learn more, visit our transfer credit web page.


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

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


CodeCourse Name/DescriptionCredits
BAR 183

Bar Management

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

Learning Methods: Lecture/Lab

FOOD 190

Fundamentals of Restaurant Service

You will receive a thorough background in the service of food and beverage. Developing your customer relations and technical skills will be emphasized.

Credit Units: 3

Course Hours: 40.0

Learning Methods: Prior Learning, Lecture/Theory

FOOD 192

Applied Restaurant Service

Building on the concepts learned in FOOD 190 (Fundamentals of Restaurant Service), you will develop your practical food service skills. You will be actively involved in operating a coffee shop utilizing a computerized point-of-sale system.

Credit Units: 4

Course Hours: 55.0

Prerequisites: FOOD 190, SANT 181

Learning Methods: Prior Learning, Lab/Practical

FOOD 193

Applied Restaurant Service 2 and WHMIS

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

Learning Methods: Lecture/Lab

PERS 181

Customer Service Skills

The course will help you develop your skills in providing customer service. The importance of customer service to an organization will be stressed.

Credit Units: 2

Course Hours: 24.0

Learning Methods: Prior Learning, Print Distance Individual, Televised/SCN, Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group

SANT 181


You will learn sanitary food handling techniques that reduce the risk of food poisoning. You will receive a Food Safe certificate from the Department of Health provided you receive a grade of 70% or higher.

Credit Units: 1

Course Hours: 9.0

Equivalent Courses: SFTY 111

Learning Methods: Prior Learning, Print Distance Individual, Televised/SCN, Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group, Work Based Delivery


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SIAST is Saskatchewan's primary public institution for post-secondary technical education and skills training. A member of Polytechnics Canada, SIAST's programs range from certificates to degrees. The institution serves 26,000 distinct students through campuses in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon, and through extensive distance education opportunities.