Food Services - 816

Ontario College Certificate
Student serving food in a nursing home

Enhance your food service skills for employment in Long Term Care and Health Care facilities!

Turn your interest in food and health into a rewarding career as a Food Services Worker. Focusing on safety, sanitation and nutrition, this program combines both the theory and hands-on fieldwork.

Explore cooking principles and methods for preparing food in large quantities, nutrition in the health care environment, menu planning, diet therapy, food handling and more, to help prepare you for a career in the food services department across various health care facilities.

View courses available this term under Program of Studies.

All theory courses are offered online. The final course, WORKHCF02, will require students to participate in a hands-on fieldwork placement. The placement is only available once all theory work has been completed, including the mandatory Preplacement/Clinical Service course (HLTH10223).

You do not need to apply to begin this program, simply ensure you meet the admission requirements (listed on the Admission & Registration tab) and then you may register for any available courses.

Interested in taking a single course? No problem. Provided you have the appropriate prerequisites, these courses can be taken individually or as part of the full program.

Contact Continuing Education

Continuing Education Health and Nursing

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) OR 19 years of age or older.
  • Individuals for whom English is a second language will be required to provide proof of a Canadian Language Benchmark of 6.

You do not need to apply to begin this program. Start by ensuring you meet the admission requirements listed above and then register for the courses listed in the Program of Studies when they are offered.  Some courses have prerequisites, so please check the Program of Studies for details. Find out how to register for a course.

Financial Assistance Information

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The program of studies displayed below applies to students starting the program in the current academic year. Students who began in other academic years may require different courses to be eligible to graduate. If you have questions regarding a strategy for completion contact Continuing Education - Health and Nursing 

Click on the Course number or Course title for more information on each course.

Visit the Textbooks page for information on ordering your course materials.

A selection of courses are available each term. Courses that are currently not available (N/A) for registration may be offered in the future – check back frequently.

Mandatory Courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: Focus on the communication skills required by the Food Service Worker in health care. General principles of human communication such as verbal communication and listening are explored. Students will learn effective communication skills with patients, residents, co-workers, and supervisors. Students will have the opportunity to develop writing skills and presentation skills.
Credits: 3
Course description: This course focuses on the cooking principles and methods for preparing food in large quantities. In addition, the nutritional components of each food will be reviewed to ensure students are aware of the quality and nutritional values of various foods, and methods for maintaining nutrition throughout food preparation and service. Various food types will be examined including meat and alternates, bakery products, cold prepared items, egg and cheese recipes, milk products, soups, stocks and sauces. Major cooking equipment will also be discussed.
Credits: 3
Course description: This course introduces students to the basic principles of nutrition and the role of nutrition in the health care environment. Current nutrition recommendations for fat, fibre, vitamins and minerals and weight control will be discussed. Special considerations for nutrition throughout the life cycle will also be explored.
Credits: 3
Course description: This course focuses on the basic principles of diet therapy. Several therapeutic diets are discussed, as well as tube feedings and commercial preparations.
Credits: 3
Course description: Focus on preventing food-borne illness within health care institutions with emphasis on legal requirements, food handling, contamination control, quality assurance, fire safety, injury prevention, and basic first aid.
Credits: 3
Course description: The focus is on menu planning as it relates to an institutional kitchen. You will learn how to interpret various menus to decide if the menu items are within the capability of your institution, and to identify appropriate cooking methods. Adapting recipes to specific quantities, as well as portioning food according to the specifications of your institution are also covered. Also, maintaining appropriate inventories of foods and calculating food costs.
Credits: 3
Course description: Required Fieldwork placement for students who are not currently working in a Health Care Facility
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: CULI10082 and CULI10083 and HLTH10268 and HLTH10232 and SAFE10096 and SAFE10097

The list of scheduled course offerings for this program is below. Please note that all offerings are subject to change.

Course Code Course Name Fall
(Sep to Dec)
(Jan to Apr)
(May to Aug)
CULI10082 Communication and the Food Service Worker




CULI10083 Quantity Food Preparation




HLTH10232 Nutrition - Introduction OntarioLearn OntarioLearn OntarioLearn
HLTH10268 Nutrition in Food Services OntarioLearn OntarioLearn OntarioLearn
SAFE10096 Sanitation and Safety OntarioLearn OntarioLearn OntarioLearn
SAFE10097 Institutional Food Service OntarioLearn OntarioLearn OntarioLearn
WORKHCF02 Food Services Fieldwork FieldWork FieldWork FieldWork
Getting Started

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Online learning courses provide you with the opportunity to learn online, anywhere, at your convenience!  You can study at home or at work - wherever you like, whenever you like, within a predetermined time frame.

Courses are delivered over a set time period and are led by instructors. Most courses do not require that you be online at a certain time of day or night, but that you are active in the course during the schedule. There are scheduled start and end dates and you cannot start courses late nor finish early.

Visit the OntarioLearn Course page to discover how to get started on OntarioLearn. Please note your course will not appear in OntarioLearn until the scheduled start date.

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Placement Information

Applicants who do not currently work in the Food Service Department of a Health Care Facility or do not become employed during the duration of the program will be required to register for a Fieldwork Placement. YOU MUST register for HLTH10223 to complete required health clearances prior to registration in WORKHCF02 - Food Services Fieldwork. Please see our Clinical FAQ for information on clinical experiences. 

Students that are currently employed in the Food Services Department of a Health Care Facility are eligible to use the Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition process (PLAR) for the Field Placement component - WORKHCF02. See the Additional Information tab for details.

Learning Outcomes


  • Communicate clearly, concisely, and accurately in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfills the purpose and meets the needs of the audience
  • Respond to written, spoke, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication


  • Show respect for the diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others
  • Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals


  • Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects
  • Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and the consequences


    Career Opportunities

    • Food Service Departments in Health Care Facilities, specifically Long Term Care.
    • Food Service Worker

    Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) 

    The College recognizes that many adult students bring work or other life experiences to their studies that are comparable to what is taught in the classroom. The Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition process (PLAR) allows eligible students to obtain academic credit prior learning that matches the outcomes of college courses.

    Students that are currently employed in the Food Services Department of a Health Care Facility are eligible to use the Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition process (PLAR) for the Field Placement component - WORKHCF02. Students require approval before registering for this PLAR course. Evidence of employment is confirmed with a letter of verification form their Health Care Facility that includes:

    • The employer acknowledging the student is in the Food Services Certificate Program
    • Employed as a Food Service Worker including an outline of duties performed
    • Start date of employment
    • Number of hours worked in this position
    • Confirmation that the employer understands this letter is being used as an exemption from the practical portion of their course

    Once approval is granted, the student may contact the PLAR office for registration information. The PLAR fee is to be paid upon registration.