At Tamwood Careers you will gain knowledge and skills required for a variety of food and beverage positions in a broad range of related employment settings.

Get The Job You Want in F&B

Students in the Diploma program must complete a 480 hour co-op education to graduate from this program. You will start your work term on completion of your six month study term. You have up to 24 weeks in which to complete your 480 co-op hours. Students will do their co-op work experience in a Restaurant or Hotel or Event company where they will use their skills practiced in the study portion of the program.  Jobs are mostly low to medium level food and beverage positions in Whistler, but students can elect to work in other areas of Canada such as Vancouver or other resort areas.

Discover A World Of Possibilities

By Training In Hospitality And Tourism


Upon completion of this program, the student will have an understanding of the food and beverage industry and will be able to pursue a career in front or back of house. Students will also have an understanding of the components and terminology of the food and beverage industry which will enable them to forge potential career paths.

Diploma in Foundations of Food and Beverage

*  48 weeks total (24 study weeks + 24 weeks of co-op work placement)
*  20 lessons/week of in-class study
*  Monthly start dates
*  Option to work part-time for all 48 weeks
*  Study Permit is required for all 48 weeks of study and Work Permit is required for co-op work placement only.

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Certificate in Foundations of Food and Beverage

*  26 weeks total (24 study weeks + 2 weeks Capstone Project*)
*  20 lessons/week of in-class study
*  Monthly start dates
*  Option to work part-time while studying for all 26 weeks
*  Only Study Permit required (part – time work rights given on study permit)

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Students attending this program will be achieving 9 nationally and internationally recognized certificates that are highly valued in the Food and Beverage Industry.  From learning safe serving practices with Food Safe and Serving it Right, to learning fundamentals of cooking and serving earning the  AHLEI Kitchen Cook and Server certifications, and the fundamentals of beer, spirits and wine with WSET level 1 and the Cicerone programs.  Upon completion of the study portion of the program the students will be ready and qualified for good entry level to mid-range employment opportunities in Restaurants, Hotels, bars, cruise ships and event venues.


Name of Course/Subject # Weeks # of Hours
Course 1 Essential Food Service 4 80 hrs
Course 2 Fundamentals Wine, Beer & Spirits 4 80 hrs
Course 3 Introduction to Technology and Social Media in F&B 4 80 hrs
Course 4 Catering & Events & Occupational Health and Safety 4 80 hrs
Course 5 Food Preparation & Culinary Skills 4 80 hrs
Course 6 Menu Development & Kitchen Management 4 80 hrs
Co-Op Work Practicum Term (Diploma Program only) Max 24 480 hrs
Capstone Project* (Certificate Program only) 2 40 hrs
What is a Capstone Project

The Capstone Project is an academic project in which students select a topic that relates to both their studies and their field of work.  This is submitted in the form of a final written report or presentation. In selecting and working on their project, students will practice critical thinking, solving challenging problems, and developing skills such as oral communication, research skills, planning, self-sufficiency, and goal setting—valuable skills that are sought after by employers!


Are you ready for adventure?

Whistler is where you will find it!

As a Tamwood student in Whistler, you can explore the incredible mountains, forests and lakes right outside your door. Whistler was the host mountain resort during the 2010 Winter Olympics. It has the highest lift-serviced vertical and the largest terrain of any ski area in North America.

There is so much to do in Whistler year-round. During the winter, you can enjoy the snow with 200+ ski/snowboard runs, 38 lifts and 8 parks and pipes. In the summer, you can hike forest trails or ride the world’s largest downhill mountain bike park.

Whistler is only 40km inland from the Pacific Ocean and 120km from Vancouver, so you can easily discover other parts of BC during your visit.

Amazing location in Whistler’s main Village Square, only 300 steps from the gondolas

Large bright classrooms and student lounge

Free on-site sports equipment and storage for students

10 student computers and free access to wireless

Can’t wait to start? Neither can we!

Course location:

Tamwood Careers College
4204 Village Square, Unit 301
(second floor, above Moguls Coffee shop)
Whistler, BC