Prepare for a Career in Catering

Develop your talent for cooking with Penn Foster Career School's Catering program. Take culinary arts classes at home and at a pace that's right for you. Our Catering program includes culinary training with hands on cooking labs and detailed video tutorials to help you work toward your goal of becoming a caterer. Our Catering program curriculum also includes the National Restaurant Association (NRA) ServSafe Food Handler certification.

Why Become a Caterer?

Careers in the culinary arts are predicted to grow faster than average in coming years. The median annual salary for a chef or cook is $45,950,¹ while the median annual salary for a food service manager is $55,320.²
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Why Choose Penn Foster Career School?

Start and Study When You Want
Learn at home or on the go through our custom-designed, mobile-friendly student portal, available 24/7.
Dedicated Success Coaches
A Committed Support System
While you can study at home, you're not alone! Our dedicated Student Services Department, Student Community, and instructors are just a call or email away.
Curriculum for Success
Curriculum for Success
Get the skills and knowledge you need to help you prepare for a career as a Caterer.​
Self paced
Set Your Goals and Pace
Customize your study schedule with progress-tracking and goal-setting tools that keep you moving forward.​
Proven Reputation
With 58,000 + graduates in 2019 from our accredited high school, career school, and college, you're in good hands!
Connect with Other Students
Connect in real-time with other Catering program students in the Penn Foster Community.
Student Experience

A Customized Learning Experience

With mobile-friendly coursework, progress-tracking and goal-setting tools, virtual simulations, and informative videos to help you succeed, the Penn Foster Experience (PFx) is online learning like no other.

Catering Program - Course Details

Through Penn Foster Career School’s online Catering courses you'll learn professional catering skills, gourmet cooking, and other culinary training, such as kitchen techniques and preparations, food styles, baking and pastry.
Penn Foster Curriculum

Important State Requirements: Be sure to check here for the requirements in your state.


With flexible, affordable payment options, you can get started on your Catering training online today.
Penn Foster is an accredited school that allows you to study at your own pace and without having to put an extreme dent in your pocket. Penn Foster works with you financially while assisting in promoting your career.
Nidia R.
Penn Foster Graduate
catering chef

Where Can I Get a Job as a Caterer?

People who complete culinary training can be found working in a variety of areas, including restaurants, hospitals, nursing homes, even cruise ships. Whether you want to explore wedding catering, event catering, or running your own business, Penn Foster Career School's Catering program is the place to start.
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Get started today on your path towards helping others as a caterer with Penn Foster Career School’s accredited, online program.

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Hundreds of leading employers and workforce organizations partner with Penn Foster to attract, develop, and retain talent for today’s in-demand middle skilled occupations.

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¹ Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Chefs and Head Cooks, on the Internet here (visited June 09, 2020).

² Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Food Service Managers, on the Internet here (visited June 21, 2020). Statements found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook are not a guarantee of any post-graduation salary, in part because the data used to create the Occupational Outlook Handbook includes workers from differing educational backgrounds, levels of experience, and geographic areas of the country..