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Hospitality Foundations

Available: Summer, Fall, Winter

Program Description

Prepare to enter the growing hospitality industry. In our eight-month Hospitality Foundations certificate program, you'll build your skills and knowledge in the areas of food preparation, service leadership, food safety and sanitation, food theory and practice, guest services and customer relations, and dining room service. Gain a strong foundation in communications and job search skills.

You'll study at our Markham Campus in a uniform developed for Seneca students in the Hospitality and Tourism programs. By living the standard each day, you'll become practiced in formal, occupation-specific presentation and prepared for the industry.* When you graduate you’ll have a solid understanding from various hospitality courses that will help you to obtain an entry-level position or pursue further postsecondary education. Upon successful completion of the program, you'll attain several industry certifications.

* As a student of this program, you'll purchase a professional uniform and obtain industry certifications at a fee. These are vital to the program curriculum and contribute to your professional experience.

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Starting in May 2020, this program will be located at Newnham Campus.



2 Semesters (8 Months)

Credential Awarded

Ontario College Certificate

Your Career

The hospitality industry is in demand of individuals who are focused on creating exceptional customer service for their guests. Whatever area of the industry you love, you may find employment in a wide range of career options such as hotel guest services, food and beverage service, or in restaurants, bars, hotels, resorts, cruise ships, retirement homes and catering companies.

Related Careers


This Seneca program has been validated by the Credential Validation Service as an Ontario College Credential as required by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s) or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).

Program Costs

Choose academic year:

Tuition – Domestic


Tuition – International


Book & Supply Costs


Please note: All costs are approximate, may vary by campus and are subject to change at any time without notice. Parking, locker and some mandatory incidental fees are among the charges not included in the figures above.

Program Details

The Degree and Credit Transfer Office provides a number of services for students continuing their education at Seneca, and for graduating students considering degree transfer options.

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at various post-secondary institutions. Please refer to the Degree Transfer Guide for more information.

Transfer Credit may be granted for courses deemed equivalent to courses at Seneca that have been completed at recognized postsecondary institutions. Additional information is available online.

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.

Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

Also see: English and General Education requirements.


Need to know more about your application and/or the application process? Reach out to our admissions advisors for assistance.

416.491.5050 ext. 22840

Student Recruitment

Have questions about Seneca’s campuses, financial aid, student supports and more? Connect with one of our student recruiters for more information or to book a campus tour.

416.491.5050 ext. 22608
Additional Contacts
Financial Aid & Awards

Program Coordinator

Heather Laver 416.491.5050 ext. 77252

Program Chair

Angela Zigras 416.491.5050 ext. 77531

Why Choose Seneca?

Passionate, expert faculty from a range of professions

Real-world learning experiences through paid and non-paid work opportunities

Curriculums developed in collaboration with industry advisory committees

A variety of credentials offered from certificates, diplomas, degrees, and graduate certificates

Opportunities to pathway to higher level credentials at Seneca and other universities in our transfer partnership network