Food Service Program Offers Quickie Credential

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An extremely concentrated format makes the Food Service degree at Centennial College appealing to those looking for a speedy way to enter positions in settings such as institutional and/or health care food service, among which are long term care and/or retirement homes, hospitals and/or healthcare cafeteria.

Not only does this Food Service Worker undertaking result in an Ontario College Certificate but it also offers Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) training and qualifies students to obtain the Train Can Basics Food Safety Certificate, which is accepted by Toronto Public Health as an equivalent to their Food Handlers Certificate.

The Food Service Worker program, through its curriculum that was developed to meet the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Standards and Criteria (with input from professional organizations and healthcare employers), is accessible to anyone who has completed at least an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent or is 19 years of age or older.

As previously mentioned, a concentrated format to the Food Service Worker program sees students attending just six essential courses:

Workplace Communications: The Food Service Worker must effectively communicate and offer customer service to clients, co-workers, management, external service providers and related government agencies. This course also offers helpful methods towards job searching techniques and resumes writing.

Safety and Sanitation: One of the most important aspects of the Food Service Worker role, this class serves to teach students the requirements of handling food and equipment in a safe manner that prevents contamination and food borne illness. Among some of the topics covered are hazard awareness, personal hygiene, legislations, factors of food borne illness and more.

Nutrition in Health Care: Nutrition in the Food Service Worker industry is essential to identifying factors that affect food intake and applying it to basic menu planning principles based on Canada’s Food guide. This course teaches students about nutritional needs and the factors affecting intake throughout the life cycle.

Kitchen Equipment and Food Preparation: Preparing and producing food is one of the main roles of the Food Service worker.  That’s why this course applies the theory of menu planning, portion control, food procurement, quantity food preparation and production, role of the production staff, preparation equipment and quality improvement. It employs Centennial College’s high-tech labs to do so.

The Role of the Food Service Worker: The career for which students are training in this program comes with a range of responsibilities. In this class, students explore food service operations, quality management, risk management, ethical issues, legislation and regulation.

Food Service Worker Field Placement: The capstone experience of this offering, work experience is an opportunity for students to relate classroom theory to the practical world, while adding another educational dimension to their career preparation. To complete their field placement, Food Service Worker students must have a mandatory two-step mantoux test (TB skin test) within 12 months of starting the program, even if they have had BCG, as well as influenza immunization and a vulnerable persons’ police check.

Should they wish to continue their education after they complete the Food Service program; students have the option to transfer into the school’s two-year Food and Nutrition Management diploma program.

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Jason does a great job of explaining the ins and outs of the Food Service Worker at Centennial College program through a detailed overview of the topics covered.

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