In this part-time online Caterer Certificate Course you will learn important principles and practical step-by-step techniques for catering and getting started in a career as a professional caterer.

Become a Caterer

You will learn: what a caterer does and how to cater, how to develop your skills to succeed in a catering career, how to get hired for a job as a caterer, and how to start your own catering business and get clients.

What Happens in the Caterer Certificate Course

The Caterer Certificate course is an online learning program with suggested readings from the textbook (FabJob Guide to Become a Caterer). This course is self directed, which means you may study and complete assignments at times that are most convenient for you from the comfort of your own home.

This part-time Caterer Certificate Course has a recommended completion date of 6 weeks from the start of the program, however, you may choose to complete the course in as little as 4 weeks or as long as 12 weeks, depending on your schedule.

The Caterer Certificate Course has been created to allow you to complete it without any teaching assistance. However, if you have questions or need assistance, you can receive help from a Faculty Member throughout the 6 weeks of the course. Your Faculty Member is a valuable resource person who can provide you with personal teaching assistance to help you succeed in the course and advice to help you succeed in the career.

Course Topics

The Caterer Certificate Course has been developed to meet high academic standards, ensuring that as a graduate you can display with pride the Caterer Certificate you will earn from the International Association of Professions Career College.

Topics covered in the Caterer Certificate Course include the following:

Getting Ready

  • Catering Skills and Knowledge
  • Creativity – The Magic Ingredient
  • Other Skills and Knowledge You Will Need
  • On-the-Job Learning
  • Other Ways of Learning Catering
  • Resources for Self-Study

Starting Your Catering Business

  • Choosing a Catering Specialization
  • Full-Service Catering
  • Corporate Catering
  • Catering Styles for Any Event
  • Business Planning
  • Your Kitchen
  • Obtaining Supplies and Equipment
  • Financial Matters
  • Setting Your Fees
  • Working with Support Staff and Contractors

Running Your Catering Business

  • How to Do a Client Consultation
  • Client Consultations for Private Events
  • Client Consultations for Corporate Events
  • Preparing an Estimate
  • Getting a Signed Contract and Getting Paid
  • Planning Your Menus
  • Cooking for Special Diets
  • Planning a Catered Event
  • Developing a Schedule
  • Hiring Staff for an Event
  • Working with Your Client’s Site
  • Transporting Prepared Food
  • Cleaning Up and Loading Out

Getting Clients

  • Choose Your Target Markets
  • Marketing Tools
  • Marketing Techniques
  • Getting Free Media Publicity
  • Promotional Events
  • Creative Marketing Ideas
  • Responding to Inquiries
  • Meeting with Prospective Clients
  • Selling to Corporate Clients
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