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Advanced Certificate in Food & Beverage Services VTR024

Duration (approx) 900 hours
Qualification Advanced Certificate
Develop your knowledge, awareness and capacity to work with food

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Learn to Work With Food

  • Food Processing and Management
  • Catering or other Food Service Businesses 
  • Food and Beverage Preparation

Everyone needs to eat; and that fact alone makes the food industry one of the most sustainable career options for anyone. If you are passionate about food;even better. Food affects our health as well as our pleasure. If you understand the productios, preparation, storage, transport and supply of food; you have a great start for a career in the food industry. 

Compulsory Modules

These modules provide foundation knowledge for the Advanced Certificate in Food & Beverage Services.

  • Food & Beverage Management BTR102
  • Food Processing and Technology BSS301
  • Food Preparation - Foundations of Cooking BRE212
  • Workplace Health & Safety VBS103
  • Bar Service VTR204
  • Operations Management VBS201

Next study this after the above modules:

  • Industry Project BIP000

Elective Modules

In addition to the above modules, study any 2 of the following:

  • Refrigerating Farm Produce
  • Cleaning Skills VTR207
  • Bed & Breakfast Management BTR203
  • Food Coaching VRE110
  • Human Nutrition 1 BRE102
  • Industry Project II BIP001
  •  Biochemistry I (Animal and Human) BSC103
  • Cottage Garden Design BHT110
  • E Commerce BIT100
  • Herb Culture BHT114
  • Leadership BBS110
  • Research Project I BGN102
  • Wedding Planning BTR104
  • Workshop I BGN103
  • Biochemistry II (Plant & Animal) BSC203
  • Commercial Organic Vegetable Growing VHT241
  • Commercial Vegetable Production BHT222
  • Culinary Herbs VHT242
  • Entrepreneurship BBS204
  • Event Management BRE209
  • Human Nutrition II BRE202
  • Leisure Facility Management I BRE205
  • Nutrition for Weight Loss BRE210
  • Project Management BBS201
  • Research Project II BGN201
  • Research Project III BGN202
  • Therapeutic Nutrition BRE211
  • Workshop II BGN203
  • Biochemistry III (Plant Processes) BSC302
  • Bush Tucker Plants BHT328
  • Children's Nutrition BRE304
  • Human Nutrition III BRE302
  • Leisure Facility Management II BRE306
  • Workshop III BGN302

Course Duration:

900 hours of self paced study


If you are considering starting your own catering business it is a good idea to initially focus on small scale private events e.g. for friends and family. This will allow you to practice newly acquired culinary skills and gain confidence of cooking for others before you invest in your catering business and start to cater for larger functions such as weddings or business events. 

Serving foods in a buffet style of dining will allow you to provide a wide range of dishes and hopefully doing this will allow you to serve something that will appeal to all guests who will be able to choose exactly what they want.

Buffet dining tips: 
Although buffet style dining is generally easier to cater for than a full sit down menu, it may still be hard initially to decide on foods to include and also on how foods are to be presented.  Here are a few tips and recipes to help you execute the best buffet style experience.
Consider your room arrangement. The right room set-up is key to making your buffet table a success. Where space permits try to place your buffet table on the middle of a room so that guests are able to access the table from both sides and queues are kept to a minimum.
Consider how food/ plates/ utensils are to be placed on the buffet table. One good way of arranging the buffet table is to have plates on one end followed by main dishes and then vegetables and side salads with napkins and cutlery at the other side. This arrangement means that guests will be able to serve foods as they pass down the buffet table without requiring a spare hand to carry a napkin, knife and folk. 
Choose buffet foods wisely, generally foods which will require cutting/ slicing will be less popular at a buffet meal as this will require a spare hand/ fat surface. Chosen foods should also provide a good range of colour and textures.
Beware of potential food poisoning/ contamination by keeping a careful eye on temperature. In general buffet food should not be left out for longer than 2 hours while in warmer climates the time where food may be safely left out will decrease to about 1 hour due to the possible food poisoning risk.

Buffet food 
There are 4 main types of Buffet- finger buffets, folk buffets, hot and cold buffets. Your food choices will need to reflect which type of buffet you are hosting. For example, sliced meats will not work well at a folk buffet as people will find it extremely hard to eat with only a folk. In general the foods you provide at each type of buffet are likely to include a mixture of sweet and savoury options. For example, savoury choices can include cheese and biscuits, mini pizzas, chicken nuggets, mini pastries, Thai fish cakes, onion bhajis, falafels and vol-au-vents (see lesson 6). Sweet choices will also vary; most sweet foods can be included although very heavy puddings may be unsuitable. Some common buffet puddings include gateaux’s, trifles, fairy cakes/buns (see lesson 6), fresh fruit salad and fruit crumbles.
Sit down meals
Seated meals may be more suitable to smaller parties or those where space is not a limitation, while a seated meal plan may be a preferred option for some guests as it allows them to be seated and relaxed before food is served eliminating the need to join a food queue or having to stand with a plate and glass. Seated meals are also a good opportunity to show off your skills in presenting foods as well as in creating an attractive table setting.  
How many courses?
Once you have decided to offer a sit down dining experience it is necessary to decide on the number of courses you plan to serve. The number of courses you wish to serve at your party/ event will take account of many of the factors previously described e.g. time, budget, experience. As a guide a multi- course meal usually begins with an entrée or light meal (or several small offerings), followed by a main course which makes up the central part of the meal and is of a larger portion size. A salad or vegetable course may be served with the main meal as is the custom in countries such as Great Britain, Australia and the United States, or alternatively salads and vegetables may be offered as a separate course entirely. Meals generally culminate with a dessert which may be served hot or cold and perhaps a cheese selection and dessert wine. In this part of the lesson we shall look at each of these courses in turn and suggest a few recipe ideas that you may like to consider. 

Courses can be started anytime from anywhere in the world!

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Check out our eBooks

Working With PeopleAre you a "people person" looking for a job; or a better understanding of careers that might suit you? If so, this book was written for YOU!
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Event ManagementThe Event Management ebook can be used as a reference for students or as a foundation text for professionals who need to know the finer details for organising an event. This book takes the reader through the all of the considerations that need to be looked at prior to, during and after an event is organised. The topics covered in the Event Management ebook are 1/ Scope and Nature of Event Management, 2/ Developing a Concept and Planning, 3/ Organising the Resources Required, 4/ Catering: Food and Drink, 5/ Promoting an Event, 6/ Managing the Clientele, 7/ Risk Management, Legalities and Contingency Planning, 8/ Delivering the Event, 9/ Organising Celebrations and Parties, 10/ Organising Exhibitions, 11/ Organising Conferences and Seminars and 12/ Working in the Event Industry.
Human NutritionBoth a text for students, or an informative read for anyone who wants to eat better. While covering the basics, the book approaches nutrition a little differently here to some other books, with sections covering ”Modifying diet according to Genetic Disposition or Lifestyle”, “How to find Reliable Information on Nutrition” and “Understanding how Diet relates to Different Parts of the Body” (including Urinary, Digestive, Respiratory and Circulatory System, the Brain, etc). This ebook was written to complement the ACS Nutrition I course, and provides a solid foundation for anyone wanting to grasp a fundamental understanding of Human Nutrition.