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College-Approved Certificate (7 courses)

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Our Program

Are you interested in employment in the food service area in the health care industry? If so, this certificate program provides you with the practical techniques and communication skills required to make you well-suited for a position in this growing field. Learn the theories of nutrition, sanitation, safety and hygiene, as well as, institutional cooking techniques that provide you with the expertise to function safely and competently as a team member in a short or long-term care facility.

To qualify for this certificate, you must complete the program within three years.

Call now for information and to be advised when the first course is available. Contact Bonnie Mask at 613-735-4700 ext 2721

Fees & Expenses

Fees are charged on a course-by-course basis and are published on, Algonquin College in the Ottawa Valley's Part-time Studies website. For questions related to fees, call the Registration office at 613-735-4700, ext. 2735.

Graduation Fee
Once you have completed all the courses in the program, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the Registrar's Office to obtain a certificate/diploma application. A graduation fee of $40 will be charged when the application is submitted. When your certificate/diploma application has been approved, you will be invited to Spring Convocation.

Admission Requirements

College Eligibility

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, OR Mature Student* status (19 years of age or older and without an OSSD).

Program Eligibility

*Proof of Ontario Secondary School Grade 10 General Level English or equivalent, as assessed by Algonquin College.

*Proof of Standard First Aid and CPR level "C" - St. John Ambulance Standard

*Good health and up-to-date immunization

Police Records Check Documentation

Successful completion of field placement is a requirement for graduation from the Food Service Worker program. Agencies that provide placement opportunities may require you to have a clear Police Records Check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector (PRCSVS). Your acceptance for placement is at the discretion of the agency. If you register in the program and do not have a clear PRCSVS and as a result are unable to participate in placement, you will not be able to graduate.

Field Placement Eligibility

To be eligible for placement, you must submit proof of a PRCSVS, which will be retained on your departmental file and used only for purposes related to your placement. You will be required to disclose the contents of the PRCSVS, including all notations, to the placement agencies.

It is your responsibility to obtain the PRCSVS from your local Police Department prior to the deadline identified by your Department and to pay any associated costs. It may take a long time to obtain this documentation; please submit your application as early as possible. Should you require further information, please contact the Program Coordinator.

Application Information

No application process is required for the part-time delivery of this program. Students may register on a course-by course basis. It is highly recommended that students follow the suggested course sequence in each program of study. If you intend ot complete the program of study the Admission Requirements must be met.


This program is also offered full-time at the Woodroffe Campus and on a part-time basis at the Pembroke Campus.

NOTE: Those who are seeking employment in a facility are required to complete the field placement course. Students with documented proof of 200+ hours of employment in a long-term care facility i.e. hospital and acute care may qualify for a field placement exemption.

This program meets the requirements of the Food Service Worker program as set forth by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact Bonnie Mask, at 613-735-4700, ext. 2721 or

College Eligibility
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without an OSSD). 
Transfer of Academic Credit (Exemption)
 If you possess qualifications beyond the entry level of your program (such as successful completion of another college, university or professional association course) you may be eligible for a Transfer of Academic Credit (or exemption) from an individual course. Official transcripts and course outlines are required at the time of application. For information or to apply for a Transfer of Academic Credit, please call 613-735-4700 ext. 2721.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)
PLAR is a process to help you identify learning gained from life and work experiences and translate that learning into College credits that could help you achieve your diploma or certificate in less time. For more information, please contact the PLAR Coordinator at 613-735-4700 ext. 2756.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact Bonnie Mask, at 613-735-4700, ext. 2721 or


On campus:
HoursCourse NameFall
FOD510730.0Nutrition - Part 1
FOD510830.0Nutrition - Part 2
FOD510921.0Communication/Customer Service
FOD511024.0Role of the Food Service Worker
FOD511136.0Food Preparation and Production
FOD511221.0Sanitation and Safety (For the Food Service Worker)
HLT681030.0Field Placement
Normative Hours are the number of hours usually required to complete the learning objectives of a course and represent the relative value of a course in a program of study. Normative hours may vary from the actual hours of instruction. Hours listed in the Program of Study are normative hours.

Prerequisites and Corequisites
Students are expected to have either completed the stated prerequisite course(s) or possess the equivalent knowledge prior to enroling in a course. Students are also expected to register in the relevant corequisite(s). Prerequisites and Corequisites are indicated in the course descriptions (where applicable).

Course Instruction Mode
Programs at Algonquin College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities.


FOD5110 Role of the Food Service Worker

Various topics and responsibilities of the food service worker in long-term care homes are highlighted. Food service operations, quality management and risk management, ethical issues, standards and legislation, customer service and communication are introduced.