Food & Beverage Operations

A well-trained food and beverage manager combines their inherent creativity with an understanding of the business world to manage the customer side of a restaurant, bar, café, or other foodservice establishment. Learn how our Food and Beverage Operations Certificate program can help you to enhance your current career or prepare you for a new career in this diverse industry.

Enhance your Food & Beverage Operations skills

In this program, you can:

  • Develop the skills needed to spot foodservice trends, recognize customer needs, manage personnel, and lead a front of house operation
  • Study sanitation and safety, sustainable purchasing and cost control, management supervision and career development, menu management, hospitality information systems, and more
  • Learn from instructors with first-hand experience working in the hospitality industry

Career opportunities

As a graduate, you’ll be prepared to pursue entry-level positions in Food and Beverage Operations, including:

  • Restaurant Supervisor/Manager
  • Independent Operator
  • Catering and Bar Manager

Our Career Services team can support you in preparing for and finding the career opportunity that’s right for you.

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Course listing

The courses in the Certificate in Food & Beverage Operations are designed to prepare you to pursue a career in your chosen field. All of our courses are built to engage and challenge you through text, video, animation, chat, and more, while also helping you learn relevant industry knowledge and skills.

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Faculty overview

The faculty members at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division are devoted to empowering you for your future career. Their guidance and mentorship can help you to focus your creative energy and vision toward the skills that matter most in your field—and, as an online student, you’ll be in constant contact with your instructors via email, video, phone, and even chat.

Ms. Beth Dugan

Ms. Dugan obtained her Master and Bachelor of Science degrees in Hotel, Restaurant, and Travel Administration from the University of Massachusetts. She has more than twenty-five years of experience in the industry, including management level positions at Sheraton Hotel and other hotels and restaurants. She has also worked in operations, financial management, and marketing in several of her positions.

As the owner of FoodWrite, Ms. Dugan has written texts, software manuals, articles, and trade show sheets for culinary professionals; this work compliments her private publications and referred journal articles in the industry. In addition, Ms. Dugan has more than twenty years experience teaching culinary and hospitality management at the college level for a number of schools, including The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division. Ms. Dugan has served as a Subject Matter Expert for a number of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division’s online courses and as a reviewer for all new and redeveloped culinary online courses. She created the curriculum map for the online Bachelor of Science in Culinary Management program, ensuring that all of the competencies were met via assignments. She is an active member of the Council of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Educators (CHRIE), and frequently donates her culinary expertise to local charity fundraisers.

Mr. Seth Selke

Mr. Selke received a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University and a Master’s degree in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Learning Management at Walden University. Before accepting a full time teaching position with The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division, Mr. Selke taught a variety of business and technology courses for Ivy Tech Community College in Richmond, Indiana. He is a co-author of the publication "Crossing the Digital Divide: The Application of Effective and Efficient Technology Strategies for Graduate Students" (2006) and presented it at the Second Annual Conference on Applied Management and Decision Sciences. He is a regular presenter at doctoral residencies for Walden University.

Food & Beverage Operations degree requirements

The prospective student must be a high school graduate with a minimum, final high school GPA of 1.5 or higher, or hold a General Education Development (GED) Certificate, or associate's degree or higher as a prerequisite for admission.

Online orientation

Before you start your first course, you’re encouraged to complete an online orientation that introduces you to different features of the online classroom and prepares you for your role as an active learner in our online classes.

Classroom demo

See the online classroom in action.

Software Requirements

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (Version 10 or higher)
  • Microsoft Office Professional (Version 2010 or higher) or Microsoft Office University 365
  • Norton Antivirus (Version 10.2 or higher)
  • Windows Media Player (Version 12 or higher)

Minimum Technology Requirements

  • PC: Users should have systems with the following specifications: 1.3GHz or faster processor, Windows 7, 4 GB RAM, 20 GB available hard disk space recommended.

Web Browser Requirements

Windows Users: The two latest releases of Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome are supported.

Hardware Requirements

  • Color Inkjet Printer
  • Color Flatbed Scanner
  • Digital Camera
  • Mouse

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