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Food Service Worker

Published on December 15, 2008


This program is designed to upgrade and enhance the knowledge and skill levels of Food Service Workers currently employed by Health Care Facilities. The curriculum focuses on the role of the Food Service Worker and the importance of issues such as safety, sanitation and nutrition.

Industry-specific topics include: Introduction to Institutional Food Services, Food Preparation 1 Basic, Food Safety and Workplace Safety, Food Preparation 2, Nutritional Care, Food Service Management Functions.

Career Opportunities

The food service worker can work in long-term care facilities, hospitals, health care institutions, schedule 1 facilities, group homes, retirement homes, meals-on-wheels suppliers, school cafeterias, daycare centres for children and the elderly, day nurseries, corrections institutions and camps.

Practical Experience

In order to reinforce skills and theory, the applicants who do not currently work in the kitchen of a health care facility will have a field training requirement. The field training component is 60 hours of practical experience.

Admission Requirements

Applicants require good communication skills and should have Grade 10 level English. In addition to admission requirements, applicants for whom English is a second language must provide proof of language proficiency.

Graduation Eligibility

Students must successfully complete all six modules and the field training within four years to receive the Food Service Worker Recognition of Successful Completion. Students are required to attend 80 per cent of all classes.

Contact Information

For more information contact

Barrie: 705.728.1968 ext. 1761 or email
South Georgian Bay: 705.445.2961 or email
Midland: 705.526.3666 ext. 3723 or email
Muskoka: 705.646.7629 or email
Orangeville: 519.940.0331 or email
Orillia: 705.329.3129 or email
Owen Sound: 519.376.0840 ext. 2004 or email


  • FSWR 0008 Module A: Role of the Food Service Worker
  • FSWR 0009 Module B: Nutritional Care
  • FSWR 0010 Module C: Food Safety and Workplace Safety
  • FSWR 0011 Module D: Food Theory
  • FSWR 0012 Module E: Food Preparation
  • FSWR 0013 Module F: Food Service Management Functions
  • FSWR 0014 Module G: Field Training

Additional Information

Food Service Worker Program eligibility:
Some modules contain additional certifications. A passing per cent for the additional certifications is specific to the standards set out by the governing body of that certification. A passing grade of 60 per cent must be achieved in each module and will be evaluated with a letter grade of P (Pass).

The following certification and competencies are included in the current modules of this program:

  • Service Excellence
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems (WHMIS)
  • Emergency First Aid and Heart Saver CPR
  • National Food Safety Training Program (NFSTP)
  • SmartServe

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