Penn Foster Career School

Career Diploma: Caterer

Penn Foster Career School's Caterer Career Diploma Program is designed to train students to prepare and serve meals. Read more about the program here.

Official Program Name:


School Offering Program:

Penn Foster Career School

Program Level:

Career Diploma

Program Description:

Penn Foster Career School's Caterer Career Diploma Program gives students the opportunity to learn food styles in catering, the gourmet kitchen, and the culinary profession. Students can learn about preparing poultry, fish, game, shellfish, stocks, sauces and soup, garnishes, beverages, baked goods, and pastries. The caterer program is also designed to teach students about different cuts of meat and how to prepare them. Students are given the opportunity to learn about both basic and advanced food presentations. This program is also intended to teach students about kitchen layout and design. The program can be completed in as little as four months, though students can take longer to finish the program if necessary.

Program Materials Supplied by Penn Foster Career School:

Penn Foster provides Caterer Career Diploma students with the materials necessary to complete this program, including books, lessons, and learning aids. The program also includes recipe supplements and video demonstrations.

Learning Format:


Financial Aid:

Penn Foster offers low tuition, 0% interest, and affordable monthly payments to be completed upon graduation.

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Required Courses for a Caterer Career Diploma:

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Penn Foster Career School to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

  • Unit 1
    • Starting Your Program
    • Introduction to Catering
  • Unit 2
    • Dynamics of Catering
    • Food Styles of Catering
    • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Unit 3
    • The Culinary Professional
    • The Gourmet Kitchen
    • Cooking Lab: Seared Beef
    • Cooking Lab: Caramelized Onion Frittata
    • Additional Unit Materials
  • Unit 4
    • Stocks, Sauces, and Soups
    • Fruits, Vegetables, and Herbs
    • Cooking Lab: Stir-Fried Beans
    • Additional Unit Material
  • Unit 5
    • Meat
    • Cooking Lab: Chateaubriand
    • Cooking Lab: Rack of Lamb
    • Additional Unit Material
  • Unit 6
    • Poultry and Game
    • Cooking Lab: Stuffed Chicken Breast
    • Additional Unit Material
  • Unit 7
    • Fish and Shellfish
    • Cooking Lab: Striped Sea Bass
    • Additional Unit Material
  • Unit 8
    • Grains, Legumes, and Pasta
    • Cooking Lab: Sesame Shiitake Noodles
  • Unit 9
    • Baking and Pastry
    • Cooking Lab: Phyllo Pear Tart
  • Unit 10
    • Breakfast, Garde Manger, and World Cuisines
    • Cooking Lab: Preparation of an Entire Meal

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of Penn Foster's Catering Career Diploma Program may be interested in continuing their education by pursuing an associate degree in the culinary arts field. Earning an associate degree gives students the opportunity to learn more about culinary arts and possibly seek higher positions in the culinary field.

Associate degrees include (but are not limited to):

  • Associate in Applied Science in Baking and Pastry
  • Associate of Food and Beverage Management
  • Associate of Hotel & Restaurant Management
  • Associate of International Baking and Pastry
  • Associate of Professional Catering

Career Paths:

Students who complete the Catering Career Diploma Program may be able to seek entry-level catering positions in hotels, restaurants, cafeterias, or resorts. They might also be able to open their own catering business.