This 15-week Ontario College Certificate program offers you the highest level of professional five-star service training for bartenders entering the food and beverage service sector. The program is offered in Fall and Winter, and is divided between theory and hands-on experience in the campus bar lab. You will also make valuable industry connections during a field placement in an established Ottawa bar, restaurant or nightclub.

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Ontario College Certificate
15 Week(s)

Program Code: 0298X01FWO
Academic Year: 2016/2017

Our Program

This 15-week Ontario College Certificate program offers professional service training for bartenders entering the food and beverage service sector of the hospitality industry. There is a constant demand from licensed establishments for qualified and professional bartenders.

Students learn the principles and practices of sound bar management. The principles of bartending are reinforced by hands-on experience in the Algonquin Campus bar laboratory and in established bars, restaurants and nightclubs within the Ottawa community. The program includes Smart Serve certification that is a mandatory requirement for those serving alcohol in licensed establishments in Ontario.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD): Students are expected to have and use a laptop or mobile computing device when registered in this on-campus program. Hardware and software specifications required by your program are outlined at . Mobile devices/laptops and supplies can be purchased directly from Algonquin`s New Technology Store at educational rates.


This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Enjoy working in nightclubs or any hotel/restaurant industry.
  • Prefer immediate and profitable rewards from their occupation.
  • Seek to share their unique creations in a social environment.
  • Are eager to network and share creative promotional ideas.
  • Possess strong interpersonal and social skills.

Your Career

Graduates may find employment as bartenders in a variety of establishments including bars, restaurants, hotels, night clubs, resorts, cruise ships and convention centres. With further training, graduates may advance to positions as bar or food and beverage managers.

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Communicate effectively with customers and staff.
  2. Perform beverage cost calculations.
  3. Perform required cash and inventory calculations.
  4. Prepare and implement promotional programs for a bar.
  5. Maintain a high standard of sanitation and safe food handling practices.
  6. Prepare and serve a wide assortment of mixed beverages.
  7. Develop knowledge of wines to advise customers regarding wine choices.
  8. Compare various types of beer and make recommendations.
  9. Discuss bar equipment and design.
  10. Apply basic knowledge of human resources to the process of hiring staff.
  11. Apply basic knowledge and skills of Smart Serve certificate course.
  12. Apply bartending knowledge and skills acquired in a practical setting.
  13. Identify and apply discipline-specific practices that contribute to the local and global community through social responsibility, economic commitment and environmental stewardship.


Programs at Algonquin College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided an Algonquin email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.
Level: 01 Hours
ENL1813H Communications I Communication remains an essential skill sought by employers, regardless of discipline or field of study. Using a practical, vocation-oriented approach, students focus on meeting the requirements of effective communication. Through a combination of lectures, exercises, and independent learning, students practice writing, speaking, reading, listening, locating and documenting information, and using technology to communicate professionally. Students develop and strengthen communication skills that contribute to success in both educational and workplace environments. 45.0
HOS2015 Dimensions of Food Food is a basic need all humans share. It is highly influenced by social policy and economics. Students explore the social and political issues related to food from traditional farming techniques to commercial food production, as well as sustainability and organically grown food. In addition, students consider various international and environmental issues concerning food policy, as well as social policy changes that affect the food industry. Students reflect on their own perceptions of food, as well as examine other real-world contexts and cases. 45.0
HOS2061 Bar Cost Control and Regulations Professional bartenders are expected to operate a cost efficient bar. Students practise applying internal controls using relevant software. A strong emphasis is placed on the responsibility of proper alcohol service in conjunction with Ontario liquor and labour laws. Through the Smart Serve certificate course and Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHIMIS) certificate, students acquire the knowledge needed in order to be responsible alcohol servers. 45.0
HOS2066 Oenology A sound product knowledge of spirits generally used in the bar industry is essential for bartenders. Topics such as methods of production, dominant flavours and common uses are covered. Sampling and taste analysis allows students to develop a deeper appreciation of the complexity and diversity found among liquor, liqueur, beer and wine. 30.0
HOS2080 Mixology Practical Bartenders exhibit a high degree of manual dexterity in the production of popular cocktails. Students adapt to various bar setups and become familiar with a variety of beverage products, equipment and trends in the bar industry. 120.0
HOS2082 Customer Relations Good customer service within the hospitality and tourism industry is based on knowledge of how to interact with customers in a variety of situations and contexts. Students develop strong customer relations skills founded in effective communications and body language and the ability to deal with customer complaints. Students explore beverage promotional strategies through the use of social media, digital applications and local merchandising opportunities in the context of cocktail and event execution within the greater Ottawa area. Interview, employment and team building strategies are also highlighted. 45.0
HOS2091 Field Placement Hands-on experience in a community bar, lounge or Algonquin College's Restaurant International is provided. Students demonstrate their communication, professionalism, deportment and teamwork skills. 60.0

Fees & Expenses   

2016/2017 Academic Year

Total Fees for the first year of the program:

Domestic tuition/ancillary fees: $2,848.83. *

International tuition/ancillary Fees: $7,549.87. *

* Amounts include tuition fee, program specific lab and material fees, applicable eText fees, Students` Association fees and compulsory ancillary fees. Fees are subject to change. For detailed fees information please visit

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Books and supplies cost approximately $255. Supplies can be purchased at the campus store. See for more information about books.

Admission Requirements   

2017/2018 Academic Year

College Eligibility

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. Applicants with an OSSD showing senior English and/or Mathematics courses at the Basic Level, or with Workplace or Open courses, will be tested to determine their eligibility for admission; OR
  • Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) certificate; OR
  • General Educational Development (GED) certificate; OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program). Eligibility may be determined by academic achievement testing for which a fee of $50 (subject to change) will be charged.

Program Eligibility

  • English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or equivalent).
  • Applicants must be 19 years of age or older prior to start of classes to be eligible to enter this program.
  • Applicants with International transcripts must provide proof of the subject specific requirements noted above along with proof of either:
    • IELTS-International English Language Testing Service-Overall band of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band. OR
    • TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 80, with the minimum of 20 in each component: Reading 20; Listening: 20 Speaking: 20, Writing: 20

Should the number of qualified applicants exceed the number of available places, applicants will be selected on the basis of their proficiency in English.

Application Information

Applications to full-time day programs must be submitted with official transcripts showing completion of the academic admission requirements through:
60 Corporate Court
Guelph, Ontario
N1G 5J3

Students currently enrolled in an Ontario secondary school should notify their Guidance Office prior to their online application at

Applications for Fall Term and Winter Term admission received by February 1 will be given equal consideration. Applications received after February 1 will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis as long as places are available.

International applicants applying from out-of-country can obtain the International Student Application Form at or by contacting the Registrar`s Office.

For further information on the admissions process, contact:

Registrar`s Office
Algonquin College
1385 Woodroffe Ave, Room C150
Ottawa, ON K2G 1V8
Telephone: 613-727-0002
Toll-free: 1-800-565-4723
TTY: 613-727-7766
Fax: 613-727-7632

Additional Information

Note: Field placement hours may be scheduled during evenings and or weekends.

For more information, contact Antonios Vitaliotis, Program Coordinator, at 613-727-4723 ext. 5457 or

Awards & Bursaries

Every attempt is made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. The College reserves the right to modify or cancel any course, program, fee, timetable, or campus location at any time