Online restaurant management programs prepare students for owning or operating a restaurant. Certificate programs, such as those available through Mt. San Antonio College and Central Arizona College, provide insight into the hospitality industry. Students learn to create and display food, manage servers and cooks, create menus and assist customers. Some online certificate programs in restaurant management may focus specifically on the skills needed to oversee a foodservice establishment, or they may also cover the management of hotels and lodging facilities. These certificate programs can often be completed in one year or less and may have some in-person field training requirements, though coursework is often available fully online.
Mt. San Antonio College: Certificate Levels
Mt. San Antonio College offers two restaurant management certificate programs as part of its business division. The level 1 program can be completed entirely online, while the level 2 program has some in-person requirements. Both programs are designed to work around work schedules, which is especially ideal for those already employed in the restaurant industry.
Restaurant Management - Level 1 Certificate
Those who want to prepare for an entry-level restaurant management position can do so through this 8.5-credit program that culminates in a certificate. The 4-course program is available fully online. Courses can be completed through a secure online format at each student's leisure. Online courses cover:
- Hospitality introduction
- Food safety and sanitation
- Dining room management
- Hospitality work experience
Restaurant Management - Level 2 Certificate
Those who already have hospitality experience may consider the level 2 certificate program in restaurant management. This 17.5-credit program includes the same four introductory courses found in the level 1 program, as well as three additional courses related to cooking and menu planning. Over 50% of the program can be completed online. Graduates of this program are prepared to take the National Restaurant Association's ServSafe exam, which, upon passing, awards students with the Food Protection Manager Certification. Additional courses in this program include:
- Cooking techniques
- Menu planning
- Hospitality cost control
Central Arizona College: Certificate
Central Arizona College offers an online hotel and restaurant management certificate program that students can complete on their own schedules. Students can also apply credits earned from this program to the school's Associate of Applied Science degree in hospitality management or business.
Hotel and Restaurant Management Certificate
This restaurant management certificate program comprises 18 credits and can be completed in two semesters. The courses are all designed based off of a curriculum designed by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) Educational Institute, and students can earn an AHLA certificate upon completing each course with a grade of 70% or higher on the final exam. The 6-course program includes four required courses that cover:
- Hospitality fundamentals
- Facilities management
- Hospitality law
- Hospitality industry supervision
Students choose their final two courses from electives that include:
- Front office operations
- Food service management
- HACCP principles
- Culinary principles
- Dining and beverage operations
Online restaurant management certificate programs may offer all coursework online, but some programs require in-person attendance for internships. Graduates can pursue entry-level employment, or they may be able to transfer their credits into undergraduate degree programs. Some programs also prepare students for voluntary hospitality certification.