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Barista Training


Learn about coffee history, types of coffee and the coffee industry.  This course includes a classroom component, and an all day session in a coffee lab where you can practice basic drink preparation.   Also included is a Job Search component where you improve your resume writing and interview skills so you can get working in your favourite coffee shop!  A Letter of Attendance will be awarded upon successful completion.
This course will run on Saturdays. 

Dietary Aide Certificate


Join a team of food service professionals.  This 5 week program provides students with the certification, skills and knowledge needed to work as food handlers in institutional settings such as care facilities, hospitals, retirement homes, and schools.  Students will be trained to prepare and serve food and beverages while observing food safe handling, palatability, nutritional value and digestibility.  This full time program consists of 3 weeks in class modules and a 2 week practicum.

Where can I get a job?
The graduate of the program will be able to seek job opportunities in Institutional settings such as long term care, hospitals, assisted living, schools, as well as restaurants and hotels.

Course Content
The training program includes industry recognized certificates to enhance the graduate's employability.  This includes FoodSafe Level 1, and WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System).


  • Food Preparation and Service
  • Safe Food Handling and Work Safety
  • Equipment Usage
  • Nutrition and Specialized Diets
  • Personal Development
  • Professionalism and Work Ethics
  • Communication and Team Skills
  • Resume Writing & Interview Skills
  • Institutional Sanitation and Infection Control

Admission Requirements:

  • Candidates are encouraged to attend a Free information session where they will learn more about the program.
  • Candidates must be in general good health with the ability to stoop, lift and stretch as might be required in the performance of work duties, and the ability to stand for a full working day.
  • The candidate must be free of allergies or any condition which may be aggrevated by the handling of food, cleaning and laundry products.
  • Applicants to this program should be aware that some practicum placements (e.g. hospital, care home) may require completion of a Criminal Record Search (CRS) indicating no relevant criminal record. Students who are assigned to a practicum that requires a CRS, are expected to complete the CRS at their own expense.

Completion Requirements:

  • A minimum average of 70% in each segment of the program.
  • Completion of all assignments, presentations and tests.
  • Successful completion of the practical components.
  • A demonstration of professional standards of behaviour.

Free Information Sessions:
The next information session will take place in early September.
Location:  Burnaby Central School
For immediate information please contact the Vocational Advisor, Denise Ayi-Bonte at 604-664-8525

How to Apply:  Registration for the Fall term opens August 01. 
There are many easy ways to register:
Registration can be done in person at the Administration office (5325 Kincaid), in person at Burnaby Central School (Mon-Thurs evening starting Sept 3), online, or by phone, 604-296-6901. 

Hotel Management Certificate programs


Career opportunities in the Hotel industry are growing. Tourism is increasing and the hotel industry is keeping up. If you are interested in a career in this industry, or if you currently are working in a hotel and would like to move into a position with more responsibility, this program will give you industry recognized professional certification from the American Hotel & Lodging Association's Education Institute.

We currently offer: 

  • Managing Front Office Operations Certificate
  • Convention Management Certificate
  • Supervision in the Hospitality Industry

How long is the program?
Each course runs part time, 2 evenings a week.

When does the next program start?
April 2014 or Sept 2014

Upcoming Free Information Session:
Wednesday April 2 at 6:30 pm
Location:  Burnaby Central School (6011 Deer Lake Parkway)

Foodsafe Level 1


This course is designed for kitchen staff and dining room attendants. Topics include microbiology, food borne illnesses, personal hygiene and health, serving and dispensing, food protection and preparation, receiving and storing food safely and dish washing methods. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive a recognized certificate in sanitary food handling. Please bring your medical card. Preregistration is required.

How often are courses offered?
Courses are typically offered once a  month, either on a Friday or Saturday during the day.
Phone 604-296.6901 to register.