Food Service Worker

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Program Code: 1620

School: School of Community and Health Studies

Credential: Certificate

Program Type: Post-secondary program

Program Length: 1 semester

Start Date: Fall, Winter, Summer

Location: Morningside Campus


Telephone: 416-289-5303

The Food Service Worker program is a one-semester inclusive undertaking that provides you with the knowledge and skills to be an effective member of an interprofessional health care team.

The courses in this college certificate program were developed to meet the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care regulations, with input from professional organizations and health care employers, and meet current government standards and industry requirements.

Through the incorporation of lectures and practical experiences that take place two days per week to accommodate your existing commitments and work schedule, you learn:

  • Quantity food preparation
  • Meal service
  • Basic therapeutic diets and nutrition
  • Proper sanitation and safety practices
  • Effective communication
  • Quality customer service

To round out the training in this School of Community and Health Studies program, you participate in an arranged work experience field placement in a health care facility. This aspect of the Food Service Worker program presents you with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience that applies classroom learning in real-world work situations.

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
FSWR-101 The Role of Food Service Worker Morningside Campus
FSWR-102 Workplace Communications Morningside Campus
FSWR-103 Safety and Sanitation Morningside Campus
FSWR-104 Nutrition in Health Care Morningside Campus
FSWR-105 Kitchen Equipment and Food Preparation Progress Campus
FSWR-106 Food Service Worker Placement Morningside Campus

Companies Offering Jobs

Extendicare, Sienna Senior Living, O'Neil Centre, Bridgepoint Health Centre, Rouge Valley Health System, Lakeridge Health Network, Sodexo, Aramark, Compass Group

Program Highlights

  • This Food Service Worker program is based on documentation developed by members of Dietitians of Canada and the Ontario Society of Nutrition Management.
  • Training includes hands-on experience in a practical food lab.
  • During the first eleven weeks of the Food Service Worker program, classroom courses deal with the theoretical aspects of food service, the nutrition industry and the delivery of quality customer service.
  • The last part of the program is devoted to a three-week, two-day-per-week placement.
  • In addition to the Food Service Worker curriculum, you obtain Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) training.
  • You will stand out to employers thanks to the opportunity to secure a TrainCan Basics Food Safety Certificate, which is recognized as a standard in the industry and accepted by Toronto Public Health as an equivalent to its Food Handlers Certificate.

Food Service Workers graduates will be able to:

  • Communicate the role of nutrition and apply the principles of human nutrition to food production in the health care food service environment.
  • Discuss the standards and principles of diet therapy relating to a variety of illnesses and diseases and apply these principles to the assembly of therapeutic meals in the health care food service environment.
  • Provide a safe and healthy dietary environment, including food that is free from bacteria and other harmful contaminants by adhering to government and departmental regulations relating to food safety, and injury and hazard prevention strategies.
  • Contribute to the success and image of the health care dietary area by applying interpersonal skills that enhance employee performance.
  • Function within the food service worker's scope of practice to support the goals of health care food service.
  • Develop and maintain ongoing personal and professional development strategies.
  • Carry out cost control techniques in the preparation of food service in the health care environment.
  • Apply food and bake theories to all aspects of food preparation in health care.
  • Implement cooking principles and techniques in the preparation of large quantities of various foods for the health care environment.
  • Apply knowledge of health care food service systems and adhere to departmental and industry work standards

Career Outlook

  • Food service worker
  • Dietary aide
  • Nutrition Aide

Academic Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)

We recommend this program as an option for individuals who have completed Grade 12 Workplace level English.

1. Apply Online

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to For more information go to Application Fees.

2. Submit Documents

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via

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For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

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You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

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You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

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January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.