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Career Studies Certificate

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Build a catering career

Graduate in just 2 semesters

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Run your own catering business or work as a banquet caterer or personal chef. Gain the skills you need to succeed.

At Tidewater Community College, you will learn from expert faculty chefs who combine practical experience and academic perspective in all coursework and integrate computer applications in all classes.

Course work includes principles and applications of catering, sanitation and safety, food and beverage cost control, as well as American Regional cuisine and Garde Manger. In addition to knowledge of food preparation, you will learn about employee management, business strategy and menu planning.

As a catering manager, you will be able to work in larger catering operations, such as business or factory canteens, hospitals or schools.

Go further

Apply all your credits from this program toward TCC's Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts.

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What does this program cost

TCC’s Career Studies Certificate in Catering consists of 2 semesters of full-time study, with classes held mainly on the Norfolk Campus.

If your schedule doesn't permit full-time attendance, you may also take classes part time.

Estimated Program Cost*:
27 credits x $185.35 per credit = $5,004.45 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2018 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.

Additional costs include:

  • Two chef coats with embroidered name (about $35 each)
  • Chef pants (about $20)
  • Chef hat (toque) (about $5)
  • Non-skid black shoes (between $40 and $90)
  • A starter kit of knives is required. The cost is about $300.

Chef wear and knives can be purchased with financial aid through Barnes & Noble at TCC. 

Where can you go?

Continue your education by applying your credits toward TCC’s Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts. Launch your own catering business or join a successful catering company.

Is this program for you?

Yes, if you:

  • enjoy planning special menus
  • are detail-oriented
  • enjoy working as part of a team
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Get hands-on training in TCC’s commercial kitchens on the Norfolk Campus

Learn from expert faculty chefs who combine practical experience and academic perspective in all coursework

Connect one-on-one with professors who are interested in your success


Culinary Arts students plan, prepare, garnish and present a variety of cold foods in Garde Manger


TCC is the only public college or university to offer an accredited culinary program in Hampton Roads


TCC students prepare delights for Jewish Film Festival reception