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Restaurant Management

Career Studies Certificate

Learn the skills needed for a career in the restaurant industry

Combine your food and business interests into a winning career

Do you have a flair for food and business? If so, Tidewater Community College’s certificate in Restaurant Management may be for you.

With local eateries, popular chains and numerous high-end restaurants in every city in Hampton Roads, a certificate in restaurant management can open doors to a fulfilling career. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for food service managers is expected to grow more than 9 percent between 2016-2026.

As a student in our program, you’ll take courses in restaurant management; sanitation and safety; recipe and menu management; hospitality supervision – a wide range that will prepare you with the business background necessary to succeed in this dynamic field.

Classes are offered on campus and online, and the program includes hands-on training through cooperative education in an area restaurant.

Get started today in a growing industry!

While financial aid is not yet available for this program, there are scholarships and other funding opportunities that may be available to you. Please email Don Averso, Department Chair of the Culinary program, for more information.

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What does this program cost?

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

Estimated Program Cost*:
28 credits x $185.35 per credit = $5,189.80 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2018 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.

Where can you go?

Graduates are prepared for management trainee programs in the food service industries, including restaurants, catering and hotel and motel food services. While you may find immediate employment, you can work toward TCC’s 66-credit Associate of Applied Science in Hospitality Management with a Specialization in Food Service Management.

Is this program for you?

Yes, if you: 

  • enjoy working within a food-related team environment
  • are detail oriented and business oriented
  • ability to work in a flexible scheduled environment
Median annual salary

Jobs related to this field pay a median annual salary of $58,110*


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* Salary estimate is provided for comparison purposes only and doesn’t constitute a promise of employment or earnings. Salaries were calculated based on related job codes and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data.