Advanced Certificate in Food & Beverage Services

Learn to manage food and beverage services. A comprehensive study program for restaurant and catering service managers. Serious training for a sustainable, professional career.

Course Code: VTR024
Fee Code: AC
Duration (approx) Duration (approx) 900 hours
Qualification Advanced Certificate
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Study to Get to the Top of the Food & Beverage Industry

Hospitality is a major employer through enterprises ranging from hotels, resorts and guesthouses to restaurants and catering businesses.

This course provides knowledge and opportunities both for those who already work in hospitality or food services and those who hope to forge a career or start a business in this rewarding industry.


Learn to Manage a Restaurant, Café or Catering Business

Success in the hospitality industry is not just a matter of being able to do the job.  It is also very much dependent upon the attitude you have and the decisions you make.  This course is different to many others, because it goes well beyond just teaching you knowledge and skills in food and beverage service.  It is an "experiential based" learning program; designed to get you involved with cooks, waiters and staff within the industry.

The industry is changing faster than ever; and will continue to change; and for ongoing success you need to become "connected" and remain "connected."

How to better prepare for a Career in Food Service

  • A learning program such as this helps open doors, but it's only part of what you need

  • The things you learn throughout this course will help your career far more than the actual qualification -remember that as you study, and learn as much as you can.

  • Experience is essential; even if it is unpaid -Volunteering can be a great way to get a leg in the door

  • Experiment with cooking at home. People who know about a greater range of foods and beverages will impress employers; and customers.

  • Networking is critical -We show you how and get you started in this course. Often it's who you know as much as what you know that gets you the job

  • Build your communication skills. This is a service industry. You need to deal with people, communicating clearly and concisely. 

  • Be prepared to do anything to get started. Many successful professionals started out sweeping floors and making coffee.

People who communicate well, know their foods and are well networked will have more chance of a successful career than someone with a qualification but lacking those things.

If your studies are to be an advantage, you need to get the lot; not just the qualification.



Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Advanced Certificate in Food & Beverage Services.
 Food & Beverage Management BTR102
 Workplace Health & Safety VBS103
 Bar Service VTR204
 Food Preparation - Foundations of Cooking BRE212
 Operations Management VBS201
 Food Processing and Technology BSS301
Stream ModulesStudied after the core modules, stream modules cover more specific or niche subjects.
 Industry Project I BIP000
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 2 of the following 32 modules.
 Industry Project II BIP001
 Biochemistry I (Animal and Human) BSC103
 Cottage Garden Design BHT110
 E Commerce BIT100
 Food Coaching VRE110
 Herb Culture BHT114
 Human Nutrition 1 BRE102
 Leadership BBS110
 Research Project I BGN102
 Wedding Planning BTR104
 Workshop I BGN103
 Bed & Breakfast Management BTR203
 Biochemistry II (Plant & Animal) BSC203
 Commercial Organic Vegetable Growing VHT241
 Commercial Vegetable Production BHT222
 Culinary Herbs VHT242
 Entrepreneurship BBS204
 Event Management BRE209
 Human Nutrition II BRE202
 Leisure Facility Management I BRE205
 Nutrition for Weight Loss BRE210
 Project Management BBS201
 Research Project II BGN201
 Research Project III BGN202
 Therapeutic Nutrition BRE211
 Workshop II BGN203
 Biochemistry III (Plant Processes) BSC302
 Bush Tucker Plants BHT328
 Children's Nutrition BRE304
 Human Nutrition III BRE302
 Leisure Facility Management II BRE306
 Workshop III BGN302

Note that each module in the Advanced Certificate in Food & Beverage Services is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.

How to be a Stand Out Success

Success is also very much dependent upon the attitude you have and the decisions you make.

Many people excel in their knowledge of food and hospitality services; but never progress beyond being a low level job in a kitchen or restaurant -perhaps because they don't see other opportunities, or perhaps because they don't act on opportunities they see.

If you want to be very successful; have a sustained career, and earn well; you need to learn more than just how to provide hospitality services. This course does that. Some courses don't.

Where can this course lead?

Some graduates find employment in larger organisations such as hotels or reception centres; but for most of the more successful graduates, they will eventually be operating their own business.

Whichever route you follow, the strong foundation gained through this course will set you on a have a great standing for any successful management career in food and hospitality.

Industry is changing faster than ever; and will continue to change; and for ongoing success you need to become "connected" and remain "connected", so that you see and adapt to recent changes, and ongoing changes as your career moves forward.

Job opportunities can be highly varied, if you develop an awareness of the possibilities (which is exactly what we foster through this course).  One of the strengths of this industry is that you are able to travel the world and work in the industry.  Seasonal work at snow fields, cruise ships and international hotels provides opportunity for employment and experience while exploring the world.     The one fact you should face from the start though is that the most successful people in this industry are self employed. If you don't want to ever be self employed, you need to face the fact that your options for a successful career in hospitality will always be severely limited. If in the other hand, you aspire to be self employed, this course could be the first step toward a "dream career".


It takes hard work and persistence to own and run a successful restaurant, but the rewards are many. You get to meet and work with many different people; your schedule is varied; the work is very satisfying. If you plan well and put in the required effort, a restaurant business can provide a good, reliable profit, turning you from a struggling entrepreneur into a successful, comfortably well off, or even wealthy, businessperson.

As the owner though, you will reap all the rewards of your success.

If you are committed to good customer service, and have or are willing to develop strong administrative and management skills, this might just be the business for you.



The opportunities for a restaurant owner are vast. There are many different kinds of restaurants, and many different ways to get started:

  • You can buy an existing restaurant, and follow the established procedures and concept,

  • Open a new restaurant with a different concept.

  • You can join a franchise company and be trained in their system.

  • You can buy or lease property.

The remuneration also has a vast range. A restaurateur’s profits can range from being heavily in debt and losing money through to being very successful and earning a large income.

Risks and challenges:

As the business owner, you set the pace for the growth of your business and establish the basis for improving your profits. Yes, this puts the entire financial burden on you (and your partners, if you have that kind of arrangement), but you are also the main beneficiary of profits. Do not expect immediate wealth, though. If you bought or built your restaurant, it can take years to be free of debt because there is considerable overhead associated with a restaurant - wages (your own included), equipment maintenance and repair, food and beverage stock, energy for ovens, cold rooms, etc. A restaurant owner might do it tough for a few years, paying off loans or a large mortgage, before enjoying more of the profits./p>

A restaurant owner must keep a very close eye on all aspects of the business, and there are many areas where things can go wrong. Power blackouts, equipment breakdowns, spoiled food, complaining customers, incorrect or late deliveries, cash missing from the register, sudden slumps in business, meals arriving to customers too slowly, customers arriving late for bookings, chefs quitting on a busy night, staff failing to show, high staff turnover, escalating costs, arguments between staff, temperamental or flustered cooks - all these situations are part of the normal life of a restaurateur. This is a high stress job. It takes careful planning, self-management, and focus to keep things under control. For many people in this business, these daily challenges are part of the fun; they test the owner's abilities and inner resources, and make sure that the job is never boring.

How to become a Restaurant Owner:

There are many ways to develop the skills to become a restaurateur. You can work your way into the business by learning from experience, listening and observing - even a former dishwasher or kitchen hand can become a successful restaurateur! You can take hospitality or cooking courses then strike out on your own.

Restaurants that fail are commonly destroyed by either poor customer service or poor business management. If your food is awful, the business won't even take off. Even if you are an excellent cook, you should prepare for this career by developing good customer service skills, and learning even the basics of good business practice, perhaps through a solid course.  Also, gain as much hands-on experience as possible in restaurant food preparation and service, which is nothing like cooking and serving food at home.

As an owner, you are not competing for a job, but you are competing for a place in the restaurant market. Therefore, do your research. Before setting up or taking over the business, study the demographics of the area (the kinds of populations - family, aged, students etc. that live there), and find out about the competition. Choose a target market and offer them something they want, and preferably, something that they can't easily find elsewhere (such as low-cost, healthy food; a child-friendly environment; special ethnic foods and atmosphere). Actively promote your business - offer special deals, extend invitations to important people, donate to community events, keep the media informed, reward repeat customers. Finally, always deliver what you promise: quality of food, reasonable prices, special atmosphere, and excellent service.
Because an investment is such a big investment, you should give serious thought to insurance. To set up and run a restaurant business, you usually need product liability (against possible harm from your food) and public liability (against possible harm to customers on your facility) insurance. You may also need insurance coverage against fire, theft, loss of income, and coverage for damage to glass, machinery and equipment. Insurance requirements may vary from country to country, so check on the insurance requirements in your region. Also, talk to restaurateurs in your area to find out what kinds of insurance they have. Insurance is expensive, but it can be far more costly to go without.
To open a restaurant, you need a special license. If you plan to sell liquor, you need a liquor license as well. You usually also need a workplace health and safety certificate, and provisions for workman's compensation. If you are building, you will probably need approval from the city council or a similar body. Check with your local government to find out what is required.
There's a lot more to running a successful restaurant than just investing money and buying or starting one. Above all, you need to know the industry, where you can make mistakes, and how to avoid problems. One of the best ways to do this is to study a good foundation course. You may consider studying both food and beverage, as well as management and business skills.



When you start this course, you may well be aiming to set up a catering business or restaurant, and there is nothing wrong with that as an initial aim. Remember though, this is a fast changing world, and by the time you complete this course, other opportunities will become evident. The world of food service is inventive, exciting and fashionable. There's always a new trend on the horizon, and new or slightly off beat ideas emerging for providing food service.  The really successful entrepreneurs of this industry are those who see the best opportunities and take advantage of them - whether they fit with your original dream, or not.

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Meet some of the tutors that guide the students through this course.

Rosemary Davies

Originally from Melbourne, Rosemary trained in Horticultural Applied Science at Burnley, a campus of Melbourne University. Initially she worked with Agriculture Victoria as an extension officer, taught horticulture students, worked on radio with ABC radio (clocking up over 24 years as a presenter of garden talkback programs, initially the only woman presenter on gardening in Victoria) and she simultaneously developed a career as a writer.

She then studied Education and Training, teaching TAFE apprentices and developing curriculum for TAFE, before taking up an offer as a full time columnist with the Herald and Weekly Times and its magazine department after a number of years as columnist with the Age. She has worked for a number of companies in writing and publications, PR community education and management and has led several tours to Europe.

Megan Cox

Megan has completed a Bachelor of Science (Environmental Conservation) with Honours from Writtle University College, as well as a Master of Science Degree in Countryside Management from Manchester Metropolitan University.

Her experience includes working as a Botanist, Ecologist, Head Gardener, Market Gardener and a Farming and Conservation Officer.

She has worked in various roles in Horticulture, Agriculture and Ecology since 2005. Megan has worked for the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Centre for Environment and Rural Affairs among other organisations in the UK, as well as in Australia and Cambodia.

Julia Mayo-Ramsay

Dr Julia Mayo-Ramsay is a practicing environmental and agricultural lawyer. She holds a PhD in International Environmental Law, LLM, BLJS, GDLP, LLM (Environmental Law) and a Master of Applied Science (Agriculture).
Julia started out in agriculture working on various dairy farms in the 1980s before working as dairy manager / tutor at Hawkesbury Agricultural College Richmond NSW. Julia then went on to work at Riverina Artificial Breeders at Tabletop (Albury) NSW as an embryo transfer technician assisting vets with artificial breeding and embryo transfer in cattle, sheep and deer. This was followed by two years as a herd manager for a very large commercial dairy herd milking 3,000 cows over three dairies on the outskirts of Sydney before heading overseas. In 1994 Julia accepted a position in NE Thailand at the Sakhon Nakhon Institute of Technology (now a University) training farmers and students in cattle breeding and dairy farm management. On returning to Australia in late 1996 Julia completed a Master of Applied Science in Agriculture at Hawkesbury Agricultural College (UWS) as well as law degrees and maritime studies. Julia now works as a Lawyer in the area of environmental and rural law.
Currently Julia teaches a variety of maritime subjects for Marine Rescue NSW.
As well as teaching Julia is working on a number of environmental research projects.

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