Certificate in Food and Beverage Operations (September 2019)

Institute of Technology, Tralee (TBC)
Key Programme Details

Minor Award

NFQ Level

6 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Classroom - Daytime, Classroom - Evening


Part Time

ECTS Credits



Department of Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism

General Information

Mary Stritch




+353 (0)66 7191701


Lifelong Learning Department
Room R101
Business/IT Building
IT Tralee North Campus
Co Kerry


Adult Education Co-ordinator

Important Dates
Application Deadline


Start Date


End Date


About this Course

The aim of the programme is to provide learners with the professional craft and supervisory skills and knowledge in bar and restaurant service in order to provide a quality and unique customer experience within the Irish tourism/hospitality industry. On completion of the programme the learner will be able to demonstrate with competence and creativity, practical skills in the following areas: food and beverage service, mixology, customer communications, food and beverage cost control and event management. This one-year part-time programme combines college-based education which is reinforced with work-based learning in industry.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold a FET/QQI award at NFQ level 5 or NFQ level 6 or equivalent. The Institute’s policy in relation to recognition of prior learning (RPL) also applies. Applicants may also be required to attend for interview.

Long Description

The modules to be completed as part of this programme will include:

Food and Beverage Operations
Food and Beverage Costing
Learning at Third Level
Bar Service
Hotel IT and Communications
Advanced Food and Beverage Service
Communications/Customer Care
Work Based Learning

Career Opportunities

According to the ITIC (Irish Tourism Industry Confederation) 2017 Report on Overseas Visitors Spend in Ireland, employment in tourism in the Border Region is the fourth highest of the seven regions, after Dublin, East/ Midlands and South West, but is the lowest of the seven regions in terms of visitor spend over 2014 -16. This is due to the reliance on the domestic and Northern Ireland tourism market, where average spend is lower.

Fáilte Ireland's strategy, as embodied in the development of the Wild Atlantic Way, is to divert more international, higher spend tourists to the northern half of the route away from congested areas further south. In order to attract and develop higher spend markets, product and service provision will need to be enhanced, including training and staff development.

Timetable Info

This programme will be delivered part-time from September 2019 to May 2020.

All successful applicants will be required to attend in person for registration/orientation, this will take place on Monday 16th September 2019.
Classes will commence the week beginning Monday, 23rd September 2019.

Please note all students may be required to attend in person on campus to sit end of semester examinations.

Delivery Location

IT Tralee, North Campus.

Delivery Notes

Classroom delivery.

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Mary Stritch


Lifelong Learning Department
Room R101
Buisiness/IT Building
IT Tralee North Campus
Co Kerry


+353 (0)66 7191701



Application Procedures

Apply online at www.springboardcourses.ie

All applicants must submit copies of previous relevant qualifications obtained OTHERWISE applications will not be considered.

Closing date for application to this programme is Wednesday 11th September. Places will be filled by appropriately qualified applicants on a first come, first served basis, therefore early application is advised.

Fees do not apply to applicants who meet the criteria under the Springboard+ initiative.