Professional Bartending

Acknowledgement of Completion
Bartender creating mixed drink for customer at bar

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Here’s an opportunity to develop new skills or enhance those you already have for employment as a professional bartender in bars, restaurants, clubs, resorts and convention centres. With experience, graduates may advance to positions as bar supervisors and managers.

  • Personal enrichment/growth
  • Employment opportunities
  • Hands-on skills in preparation of beverages
  • Develop the skills required to mix and serve a variety of beverages using standard mixing practices
  • Identify the appropriate garnishes and glassware
  • Comparison of a variety of beers
  • Understanding of the quality standards/regulations
  • Develop basic techniques to taste and assess wine - New World and Old World wines - identify the differences of both
  • Discovering new and affordable wines
  • Opportunity to write the Wine Council of Ontario Certificate of Merit
  • Acquire your Smart Serve Certificate
  • Knowledge of proper table service techniques, customer service for bar and table service, table etiquette when serving alcohol
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  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) OR 19 years of age or older.
  • Successful completion of Secondary School English or equivalent.
  • Participants must be 19 years of age or older.

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.

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Mandatory Courses

5 courses


Course Number Course Name Course Description


Mixology Master the art and science of mixing cocktails for restaurant, bar, catering and banquet facilities in compliance with standards found in Hospitality Beverage Operations. Tasting and practice sessions are included. Liquor/product costs are included in course fee.36 hours
HOSP10010 Be A Professional Server Learn the skills of a Professional Bartender/Wait Person. Acquire proper tableside techniques for bar and dining room service. Customer relations, "Point of Sale" Systems, menu presentation, proper meal service, banquet service and bartending etiquette will also be addressed. 18 hours
HOSPFB008 Smart Serve Certification Course Gain a competitive edge for employment in the hospitality sector. Smart Serve Certification is mandatory for everyone employed in an establishment which serves alcohol in Ontario. On successful completion of the written tests/exams, you will receive a wallet-sized card verifying your certification. Fee includes a manual. 4 hours
HOSPFB004 Wine Appreciation 1 Examine the regions of the NEW WORLD with special attention on Ontario. Study the character and quality. Develop your tasting ability and assessment skills. Bring 6 wine glasses to each class. Included in the fee are the WCO Manual, the wine costs and upon successful completion, the Wine Council of Ontario Certificate of Merit.30 hours
HOSPFB005 Wine Appreciation 2 Gain knowledge and appreciation of the major grape varieties used in European wine production. Explore the major wine region of the OLD WORLD, including France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Austria, Hungary and Greece. Learn about the vinification process, proper storage and serving of wine, wine tasting and evaluation principals. it will also emphasize the basic framework for how wine qualities are designed and described. Wine costs are included in course fee.30 hours


  • Students are exposed to a variety of related areas relevant to the hospitality field such that you have a good understanding of the range of the field. The skills developed from each course provide a basic from which to grow.
  • Entry level positions in food service operations - bars, restaurants, clubs, resorts, banquet and convention centres
  • With experience, advancement to positions as bar supervisor/managers
  • Self employment

Important Information regarding In-Class Alcohol Consumption

Under the regulations of the Highway Traffic Act, there is a Zero Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) allowable when operating a motor vehicle for novice drivers of any age holding G1, M1 and M2 licenses, and all drivers 21 years of age and under.

Students registered in course/workshops that include alcohol as part of the course, who hold a novice license or are 21 years or under, must not consume alcohol as part of these courses OR sign a waiver indicating that they will not drive after theses classes.