Whether students want to start their own professional catering company or simply learn how to treat friends and family to delicious meals, Penn Foster Career School offers students the opportunity to earn a Caterer Diploma.
This at-home program consists of ten Instruction Sets to guide students to becoming better equipped as caterers. Students in the program take courses on Food Styles, Poultry and Game, Baking and Pastry, and World Cuisines. This completely online program allows students to work from home, at their own pace.
Students begin by learning how to assess clients' needs and the levels of catering. Students study a variety of marketing strategies to maximize profitability, as well as presentation styles and efficient bar layout and operation. Table service, etiquette, and beverage service are also covered. Many clients have professional events catered, making presentation an essential element. Students will learn buffet design and presentation and garnishes as part of their training. Students identify fruits, vegetables, and herbs and discuss different uses and methods for using them.
By completing Penn Foster Career School’s Caterer Diploma program, students should be equipped to use the skills and techniques they have learned to start their own catering business.
This program requires a minimum of 8th grade education.
School Accreditation Statement
Penn Foster Accreditation and Licenses
- Penn Foster Career School and Penn Foster High School are regionally accredited by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. And, nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).
- Penn Foster Career School and Penn Foster High School are licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Private Licensed Schools.
- Penn Foster College is nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) and licensed by the Arizona State Board for Private Postseconday Education.