Caterer

Career Diploma 7-11 mo

Catering school

If you're looking for a career that allows you to combine your cooking skills with your people skills, our online Caterer Career Diploma Program can help you prepare to take the first steps toward the job you want. With flexible, online courses, you can learn catering skills and knowledge on your schedule, from home. 

  • Can help prepare students for jobs in catering, food service, and more. 
  • Online catering classes cover professional catering skills, gourmet cooking, and other culinary training, such as kitchen techniques and preparations, food styles, baking and pastry.
  • Gain hands-on practice with in-depth food labs throughout the program to apply what you learned to real recipes and dishes.
  • Graduates of the caterer program are eligible to sit for the National Restaurant Association (NRA) ServSafe Food Handler certification exam at no additional cost. This certification is required for anyone working in an environment that involves food handling.
Accredited
Online
Self Paced

Save up to $130 Ends 11/16/2021

Cost of Program

$699

$829 Save $130

or

$49/month, Start for as low as $1

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What You Will Learn

  1. How to plan menus, ensure quality of meals, and season and cook food according to recipes.
  2. How to market your catering business, including market research, branding, and written agreements for clients.
  3. How to prepare catering options for a variety of events, from weddings to professional dinners. 
  4. How to work with and prepare a variety of dishes, including fish, poultry, and beef, and how presentation and plating can make an impact.
Full Program Goal & Outcomes

Catering Career Outcomes

Food Service Manager

AVG SALARY*

$56,590/yr

NUMBER OF JOBS*

352,600


Penn Foster's online Catering School can help students prepare for a variety of jobs from food service management to starting their own catering company. After completing our Catering Program, students can also earn ServSafe Food Handler certification, which is a requirement for anyone working in an environment that includes handling food.

State Licensing Requirements

Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in certain fields are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered by your Penn Foster Program. You should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where you plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in your Program. Please click here for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.

Catering School Student Success Stories

Penn Foster’s Catering classes can help prepare you for the first step in your culinary career. This program has helped recent graduates find new jobs or start their own businesses while learning at their own pace. Learn more about Penn Foster graduates' experiences and how Penn Foster worked for them.
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Gabriella M.

Penn Foster Graduate, 2020

“I loved everything about the Penn Foster program. I was able to work at my own pace, there was no rush or deadlines of when assignments had to be due, I was able to call whenever I needed help and was always satisfied.”

Catering Course Curriculum

  • 10 courses
  • 25 exams
  • 37.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

In your online catering courses, you'll learn the fundamental skills and knowledge necessary to become a successful caterer or food service manager. Your classes include:


  • Dynamics of Catering
  • Cooking Basics
  • The Culinary Professional
  • Breakfast, Garde Manger, and World Cuisines

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Catering School Tuition

Take the first steps toward a new career with our online Caterer Career Diploma Program. Simply choose from one of our low-cost customized payment plans below and get started today! 

Option 1: Pay in full

Save up to $130 Ends 11/16/2021

Cost of Program

$699

$829 Save $130

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  • No monthly payments
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Option 2: Monthly Auto Pay Plan

Save up to $30 Ends 11/16/2021

Cost of Program

$799

$829 Save $30

  • Pay $49 per month
  • Start for $1 down
  • Credit card, PayPal, or ACH from bank account
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Option 3: Monthly Mail Pay Plan

cost of program

$829

  • Pay $49 per month
  • Start for $39 down
  • Mail your payment using coupon book
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Our Proven Catering Learning Model

Empowering students to reach their professional goals

Flexible

  • Start anytime 
  • No exam due dates 
  • Self-paced 

Interactive

  • Digital study guides
  • Self-check quizzes
  • Simulations and videos

Connected

  • 24/7 access to online resources
  • Online Student Community
  • Student Portal Help Center

Supportive

  • Expert faculty
  • Robust learning resources
  • Dedicated Student Services

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Catering School FAQs

What certificates do I need for catering?

Certification and licensing requirements for caterers can vary from state to state. However, all catering and food service workers are required to have ServSafe Food Handler certification whether you own your own catering business or work for someone else. If you choose to start your own business, you may also be required to obtain further certifications and licenses.

How do I start a catering business?

In order to start a catering business, you need to take a few first steps. After learning how to run a business and refining your cooking skills, you'll need to obtain at least a few licenses or permits in order to start your catering business. These can include registering your business, applying for a health permit, and if you choose to serve alcoholic beverages, a liquor license. For these credentials, you'll most likely work with your local government office or a state agency.

Is catering a good career?

Catering can offer a lot of opportunities, including owning your own business. With more large events requiring the expertise of a caterer, from weddings to family reunions, there are opportunities for skilled caterers to find new clients and build their reputations. Additionally, if you choose not to start your own catering business, you can find a variety of jobs in the culinary industry, from working for event planners to cooking for local restaurants.

How do I become a caterer from home?

Through online catering classes, you can take the first steps toward becoming a caterer around your schedule. You'll refine your cooking skills, build an understanding of catering large events, and even learn how to start and market your business.

Disclaimers:

The completion of a certificate-level program does not typically qualify a student for employment. Completion of this program may assist students who have previous academic or work-related experience improve their chances for promotion or entry-level employment.


Sources:

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. "Food Service Managers." Occupational Outlook Handbook. Accessed June 8, 2021. 

 

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.