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Certificate of Catering and Events


Course Outline and Topics

Course Overview

If you’ve ever dreamt about owning your own catering or event management company, this online professional development program is ideal for you.

The Certificate of Catering and Events provides you with the skills and knowledge required to successfully plan events and catering. You will learn how to identify the purpose and scope of events, develop event concepts using creativity, innovation and strategy to develop an event plan.

In this event and catering course, you will learn how to manage resources, operational requirements, production elements and staging. You will learn how to plan for a range of events, such as sporting events, trade shows and exhibitions, conferences and product launches. You will also discover a range of strategic tools and techniques to plan, manage and monitor event operations and performance

On completion of this course, you will feel confident to successfully plan, organise and manage catering and events for a client or employer.

Course Structure

Unit 1 - Plan catering for events or functions

  • Purpose and scope of event
  • Sporting events
  • Exhibitions and trade shows
  • Conferences, meetings and seminars
  • Social celebrations
  • Develop a plan
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Consultations and clarification
  • Specific customer requests
  • Determine catering requirements
  • Cultural catering requirements
  • Modern cuisine
  • Menues
  • Catering proposal
  • Collect event information
  • Concept style and theme
  • Date, time and duration
  • Nature of event
  • Total numbers
  • Audience market profile
  • Equipment requirements
  • Ideas and creative elements
  • Constraints
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Consultation
  • Present proposal
  • Communication styles with clients
  • Operational plan for catering
  • Day-to-day plan
  • Planning process
  • Gantt charts
  • PERT diagrams
  • Milestone charts
  • KPI’s
  • Performance management
  • Contingency plans
  • Catering plan
  • During the event
  • Client feedback
  • Staff feedback
  • SWOT analysis
  • Debriefings

Unit 2 - Provide outdoor catering

  • Plan outdoor menus
  • Nutritionally balanced options
  • Touring and participant factors
  • Meal times
  • Special requests / dietary requirements
  • Medical requirements
  • Food safety hazards
  • Biological contaminants
  • CCP decision tree
  • Storing food and beverages
  • Storage equipment
  • Food storage tips
  • Food quality
  • Prepare and serve meals
  • Food preparation equipment
  • Treating water
  • Hygienic food preparation
  • Methods of cooking
  • Serving food
  • Clean equipment
  • Rubbish removal


Written assignments and exercises, including short-answer questions, reports/essays and projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment.


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Payment Information

Certificate Course



  • Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
  • Improve your employment opportunities;
  • Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
  • High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
  • No entry requirements;
  • All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
  • Unlimited tutor support;
  • Easy to understand course content;
  • Unlimited enrolment with no expiry;
  • Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
  • Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.

Career Pathways

Future growth




  • Event planner / Coordinator
  • Wedding planner
  • Corporate event planner
  • Functions Co-Ordinator
  • Includes unlimited access
  • Full up-front payment only