Program Information

This Ontario College Certificate program provides students with the knowledge and skills required to be an effective member of a food service team in a commercial, institutional or long-term care facility. The program covers food preparation, service, nutrition and sanitation practices, customer service, communications and business skills. This program includes a field placement in an institutional food service operation. Students are required to have a valid Food Handling certificate.

Please Note: All theory courses are available on a full-time and part-time basis and are offered online.

Placement Registration Restrictions

Due to COVID-19 related restrictions on student work placements, registration into the courses in this program is currently restricted to the following groups

  • Students who have already officially enrolled in the program
  • Students whose current employer can accommodate their work placement requirements
  • Students who wish to take individual courses from the program but are not planning on doing a work placement or pursuing the full credential
  • Students who have sufficient work experience to meet the program's work placement learning outcomes via the Prior Learning Assessment (PLAR) process

To determine whether you are eligible to enroll in winter term courses for this program based on the above criteria, please contact

We thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we respond to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation.

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Admission Requirements

O.S.S.D. or equivalent with:

  • Grade 12 English C or U

Mature applicants must be at least 19 years of age by the start of classes, be out of secondary school for at least one year and usually do not have a high school diploma. Mature applicant testing for this program is available in the Counselling Department in the subject of English. The test(s) will demonstrate proficiency in required admission subjects. For more information please contact the Counselling Department at x 3412.

Applications for this program are not accepted through

If you are taking part-time courses with the intention of completing a program and earning a credential, you must meet Admission Requirements outlined on the program page. It is the student's responsibility to supply proof of admission requirements to the Office of the Registrar before he/she has completed three courses in the program.

If you do complete the program and do not have the appropriate admission requirements, you will be ineligible to receive your certificate or diploma.

If you believe you have an equivalent level of knowledge and would like credit for Prior Learning Assessment, please contact Counselling at 519-542-7751 ext 3412 at least two weeks before classes begin.

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Graduation Requirements

All theory and general education courses must be completed prior to beginning FSWP-1073 Food Service Worker Field Placement. Students are required to arrange their own field placement opportunity. Students are advised that SCI-1103 Nutrition is not an eligible general elective for this program.

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Current Students

Current students can view program maps from previous years on the mylambton website. 

You will need to login with your C# and password in order to access your program map.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of this program may seek employment in long term-care facilities as dietary aides in institutional food service facilities.

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