Basic Occupational Education - Food Services (Certificate)

New Westminster


The Basic Occupational Education (BOE) Program for Food Services is designed for students who have a barrier to learning and/or employment. The program is self-paced, with classroom, lab and work experience components. Participate in a practicum with a variety of food service facilities serviced by Douglas College. The range of skills taught varies for each student, but typically includes:

  • Bussing Tables and related duties
  • Dishwashing and related duties
  • Cleaning duties
  • Salad Bar preparation and related duties
  • Basic Food preparation (may be included based on student suitability)
  • Customer service (may be included based on student suitability)
  • Safety and sanitation Workshops

NOTE: International students are not currently eligible for this program. For more information, contact Douglas College International.

Admissions Requirements

A preliminary interview with the instructor is required for acceptance into the program.


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Program Requirements

Curriculum Framework

Food Services Option  Students are trained to perform entry-level food services duties including:

  • dishwashing and related duties
  • bussing
  • kitchen maintenance
  • salad bar preparation

Students may also have the opportunity to learn basic food preparation and customer service duties. Food Services students are trained on-campus in the College cafeteria. Practicum sites include a variety of food service facilities in geographic areas serviced by the College.

Program Guidelines

Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Career Pathways

Successful graduates will be prepared for entry-level positions in food services, with skills such as restaurant safety and sanitation, bussing, dishwashing, maintenance, basic food preparation, and customer service.