Northern College Funded Training Programs

Food Service Worker - Healthcare

Food Service Worker

About this Training Program

This program provides a critical knowledge foundation for Food Service Workers in a Long Term Care or Hospital setting. It is also a pathway to employment in the food industry through providing valuable training on food safety, preparation, and nutrition. The program will initially be delivered online asynchronously. Instructor-led teaching is an option if there is sufficient demand. This program seeks to address the staffing and training needs for dietary aides within the health care system in Ontario. The program would also assist learners looking to enter other areas of food service such as restaurants, cafeterias, hotels and daycares.

Cost: Free
210 hours over 12 weeks

Pre-requisites (may include but not be limited to):

  • Future Focused: Work and Job Readiness (Required for new job seekers. This is not required for those employed in the sector)
  • Have interest in food preparation, safety and nutrition and a desire to work in the food service industry
  • Grade 10 English
  • 18 years of age or older or if you have earned an Ontario Secondary School Diploma/Ontario Secondary School Graduation diploma or Equivalent. Mature students will be required to complete entrance testing to participate.

Delivery and Important Information

Participants must complete all courses to receive a certificate. Students cannot complete this program without completing all components of the program with a passing grade. 

Pathways to Success and Career Opportunities

This program provides pathways to employment in the food industry providing valuable training on food safety, preparation and nutrition.

Virtual Delivery

Type of Course or Program
Northern College Board Approved Program 

18 years of age or older
Resident of Ontario

Start Dates
September 27 – December 20
October 18 – January 10
November 1 – January 24
November 22 –  February 14
December 20 – March 7

For more information, please contact:
705-235-3211 x 7231