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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, while the median annual salary for a food service manager is $52,030.¹
chefs in a kitchen

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
Dedicated Success Coaches
You're guided by Certified Instructors, Success Coaches, Teaching Assistants, and Student Support Staff - all working to help you succeed.
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 and exam schedule with progress-tracking and goal-setting tools that keep you moving forward.​
Proven Reputation
With 44,000 graduates in 2017 from our regionally and nationally accredited High School and Career School and nationally accredited 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, informative videos, and personal coaches 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," 2017 Edition, Chefs and Head Cooks, Food Service Managers, on the Internet. Statistics found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook are based on national data, so job growth and salary in your area may be different.