Online Catering Training Program

Why ICS Canada?

  • DEAC Accredited
  • Self-Paced
  • Supportive
  • Low monthly payments

Program Overview

Prepare and serve exquisite meals for clients, family and friends, and develop your natural talent for cooking with ICS Canada’s online Caterer Career Diploma program. The Caterer Program will cover the professional skills of catering and gourmet cooking, as well as how to start a catering business of your own. You will learn how to prepare everything from appetizers to a ten-course meal. And, you'll get hands-on practice with the cooking labs and detailed video tutorials included in your program.

With ICS Canada’s Caterer Career Diploma training program, you can learn at home, at a pace that’s right for you, and graduate in as little as six months.

Curriculum Details

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal

To prepare students to prepare meals for friends, families, and others, while also beginning students on their journey to starting their own catering business.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Know the services commonly offered at catered events and identify a wide range of styles of events
  • Recognize market research, management styles, branding, and how to create written agreements
  • Recognize many types of alcoholic beverages, the history of beer and wine, and the characteristics of the most popular categories of wine
  • Identify the elements of buffet design and setup
  • Understand the basics of food and nutrition and of monitoring food safety and sanitation practices
  • Understand the basic principles of modifying and converting recipes
  • Comprehend what is needed to choose the correct equipment and tools
  • Know how to plan menus, ensure quality of meals, and season and cook food according to recipes
  • Understand preparation, cooking, garnishing, and presentation of food

Instruction Set 1

Learning Strategies

The advantages of learning at home; types of study materials; types of examinations; accessing and using the features of our website; determining what kind of learner you are; establishing a study schedule; using study tips; preparing for and taking examinations.

Introduction to Catering

Catered events; levels of catering; assessing clients’ needs; written agreements.

Instruction Set 2

Dynamics of Catering

Wine and beverages; table service; beverage service; importance of etiquette; fast cleanup.

Food Styles of Catering

Garnishing techniques; food presentation styles and design techniques.

Alcoholic Beverages

Marketing strategies to maximize profitability; efficient bar layout and operation; intoxication warning signs; legal concerns.

Instruction Set 3

The Gourmet Kitchen

Kitchen layout and design; buffet presentation; buffet design and setup; goals of presentation; simple garnishes; basic and advanced presentation.

The Culinary Professional

French kitchen brigade; food-borne illnesses; balanced diets; developing a foundation of flavor; nutrition and food science; food and kitchen safety; measuring ingredients; converting recipe yields; calculating edible portion quantity and cost; identifying kitchen equipment and its uses.

Additional Material

Textbook: The Professional Chef


  • Cooking Lab: Seared Beef
  • Cooking Lab: Caramelized Onion Frittata

DVD: Chef Skills

Instruction Set 4

Stocks, Sauces, and Soups

Identification and uses of bouquet garni, sachet d’épices, mirepoix, and clarified butter; preparation of stocks and sauces; soup ingredients and preparation.

Fruits, Vegetables, and Herbs

Identifying fruits, vegetables, and herbs; basic vegetable preparation; decorative techniques; cooking methods for vegetables; effects of herbs in recipes.

Additional Material

Supplement: Cooking Lab: Stir-Fried Beans

DVD: Stir-Fried Beans

Instruction Set 5


Mise en place for beef; elements of beef fabrication; basic beef cuts and cooking methods; basic veal cuts and cooking methods; cuts of lamb and pork; cooking methods for lamb and pork; elements of lamb fabrication; braising; principles of curing pork.

Additional Material


  • Cooking Lab: Chateaubriand
  • Cooking Lab: Rack of Lamb

DVD: Filet with Red Wine Mushrooms

Instruction Set 6

Poultry and Game

Poultry cuts; poultry fabrication and trussing; roasting, deep poaching, and sautéing poultry; identifying types of game.

Additional Material

Supplement: Cooking Lab: Stuffed Chicken Breast

DVD: Stuffed Chicken Breast

Instruction Set 7

Fish and Shellfish

Identifying fresh and saltwater fish and shellfish; cleaning and preparing fish and shellfish; cooking methods.

Additional Material

Supplement: Cooking Lab: Striped Sea Bass

DVD: Seared Tuna

Instruction Set 8

Grains, Legumes, and Pasta

Identifying grains and legumes; cooking, simmering, and sorting grains; using dried and fresh legumes; cooking pasta; making fresh pasta.

Additional Material

Supplement: Cooking Lab: Sesame Shiitake Noodles

Instruction Set 9

Baking and Pastry

Functions of baking ingredients; cooking sugar; whipping egg whites; yeast breads and quick breads; dessert sauces and creams; preparing pastry doughs and cookies.

Additional Material

Supplement: Cooking Lab: Phyllo Pear Tart

Instruction Set 10

Breakfast, Garde Manger, and World Cuisines

Dairy products and eggs; cooking methods for eggs; omelets, souffles, and quiche; primary elements of garde-manger; creating charcuterie; culinary traditions of the Americas, Asia, and Europe.

Additional Material

Supplement: Cooking Lab: Preparation of an Entire Meal

Computer Specifications
As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need access to high-speed internet to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 10® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running macOS® or later, and an email account to complete your program.

We reserve the right to change program content and materials when it becomes necessary.

Sample Lesson

To view a Caterer sample lesson, click here.

Catering Training Program Details

In ICS Canada’s Caterer training program, you’ll cover topics such as:

  • Kitchen techniques and preparations
  • Food styles and being a culinary professional
  • Types of meat and seafood
  • Baking and pastry
Online catering training

Caterers prepare and serve food and beverages for events and banquets in restaurants, for weddings and parties, and even on cruise ships. Here are a few qualities that effective caterers have in common:

  • Communicative: You like to take charge of projects and organize tasks for many people.
  • Organized: Keep food and cooking ingredients in the right places.
  • Flexible: Catering businesses often have irregular hours.
  • Healthy: You are conscious of healthy eating and living habits for you and your loved ones.
  • Detail oriented: It’s important to have a sharp eye and check things twice.

"I chose to further my education and accounting knowledge with ICS Canada while working as an accounting clerk, which allowed me to move up within the company at which I am currently working. Studying with ICS Canada was a great experience, and the instructors were very helpful when it came to resolving any issues I had while studying."

- Sean S., ICS Canada graduate

"I have taken three diploma courses with ICS Canada. It has been very rewarding and challenging. I love to increase my knowledge level and share experiences. ICS Canada is great. Enrol! The contact with them is always very pleasant. You feel like a part of the ICS team."

- Connie K., ICS Canada graduate

Your program includes:

  • Customized payment plans with 0% interest
  • Books and learning aids, including video tutorials and The Professional Chef textbook
  • Study Planner App to customize your study plans and keep track of your progress
  • Instructional support from our experienced faculty
  • Your personalized online student homepage and learning portal
  • Exclusive access to ICS Canada’s Student and Alumni Facebook Group
  • Additional resources such as our online library and career guidance from Career Cruising

Do you need previous experience in catering to enroll in ICS Canada’s Caterer Career Diploma Program?

No, you do not need previous experience to enroll in the Caterer Program. This program is designed to teach you the professional skills of catering and gourmet cooking, including using proper kitchen techniques and preparations.

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