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Catering Professional

The Catering Professional provides the foundational skills needed for a career in the catering and events industry by teaching the elements of catering services, including overseeing events and functions, and collaborating with other catering services. You will gain the ability to plan for successful food preparation and apply beverage management requirements. 

This course will also demonstrate best practices for marketing a catering business, considerations for preparing and executing contracts, effectively manage human resources, and applying basic accounting principles. It will also prepare you for the Certified Professional in Catering and Events (CPCE) through the National Association for Catering and Events.

6 Months / 100 Course Hrs
Open enrollment

Offered in Partnership with your Preferred School

Merced College

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Self-Paced. Study on your own schedule

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Details + Objectives

Course Code: GES2024

What You Will Learn
  • The foundations of integrated disciplines such as event planning, food and beverage management, sales and marketing, human resources, accounting practices and legal contracts.
  • To manage the challenges of employee inductions, performance appraisals, exit interviews, staffing requirements, food safety, legal requirements and licensing, budgeting considerations and profit margins.
How the course is taught
  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 100 course hours
How you will benefit
  • A broad-based training to work in catering prepares you for entry level work in the catering industry.
  • Knowledge of catering management complements previous work experience within the catering and events industry.
  • Learn the foundations of catering management without having to pursue a degree in hospitality.


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I. The Elements of Catering Services
  A.   Introduction
  B.   Catering Events
  C.   Food Service Styles
  D.   The Essentials of Main Service Styles
  E.   The Advantages of Main Service Styles
  F.   Resources Required for Main Service Styles
  G.   Budget Considerations for Main Service Styles
  H.   Calculating Human Resource Requirements for Main Service Styles
  I.   Matching the Service Style to the Catering Event
II. Events Management Collaboration
  A.   Introduction
  B.   The Structure of Event Types
  C.   Event Planning
  D.   Additional Catering and Event Services
III. Food Production Practices
  A.   Introduction
  B.   Food Production Systems and Methods
  C.   Food Safety Requirements
  D.   Converting Measurements
  E.   Portion Estimation for Events
IV. Beverage Management Requirements
  A.   Introduction
  B.   Legal Considerations
  C.   Characteristics of Spirits
  D.   Characteristics of Wine
  E.   Beverage Profit Margins
V. Sales and Marketing Plans
  A.   Introduction
  B.   Target Markets
  C.   Marketing Plans
  D.   Sales Forecasts
VI. Catering Contracts
  A.   Introduction
  B.   Elements of a Contract
  C.   Essential Clauses
  D.   Other Laws
VII. Human Resource Planning
  A.   Introduction
  B.   The Recruitment Process
  C.   Employee Inductions
  D.   The Training Cycle
  D.   Performance appraisals
  E.   Exit Interviews
VIII. Accounting Principles
  A.   Introduction
  B.   Accounting Terminology
  C.   Financial Statements
  D.   Accounting Methods
  E.   Inventory Valuation Methods
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Instructors & Support

Thea Roberts

Bachelor of Commerce, Master of Arts

Roberts is an academic mentor and lecturer. She has over two decades of work history in the areas of hospitality supervision and resort management.

Liselle Turner

Bachelor of Business, Diploma in Hospitality Management, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Turner has extensive experience as a supervisor in the food industry, providing training and assessments within the corporate sector. She also has experience in business compliance, auditing, learning and development, and writing and management.




There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • This course is preferred with the latest versions of Windows and Mac OS. Although the versions listed below are compatible, it's strongly recommended to have the latest operating system for an optimal experience.
    • PC: Windows 10 or later operating systems
    • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Applications are not included in the cost of tuition and must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.


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Can I register for a course if I am an international student?

Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country’s regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.

Does this course prepare for a certification?

This course helps prepare you for the Certified Professional in Catering and Events (CPCE) through the National Association for Catering and Events.

When can I start the course?

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

How long does it take to complete this course?

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive six (6) months to complete the course.

What if I don't have enough time to complete my course within the time frame provided?

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

What kind of support will I receive?

You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.

What happens when I complete the course?

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

Am I guaranteed a job?

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

Can I get financial assistance?

ed2go courses are non-credit, so they do not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more:

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