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Basic Occupational Education - Food Services

Faculty: Child, Family & Community Studies
Credits: None
Length: Self-paced
Campuses: New Westminster, Coquitlam
Credential: Certificate
Admission Type: Limited enrolment
Learning Format: Self-paced
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter
program overview

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. 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.
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.

career transfer pathways
Successful graduates will be prepared for positions in food services, with skills such as restaurant safety and sanitation, bussing, dishwashing, basic food preparation, and customer service.
admission requirements

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

program cost

You can get an average cost for your program - tuition and student fees, books, uniforms, lab fees etc - on the Program Cost page. 

Only programs approved for student loan funding are listed on the Program Cost page. For all other programs, refer to the Tuition Fee page.

curriculum 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.