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The foundations certificate in hospitality and tourism provides a route to a diploma or a degree program if you don't have the qualifications to enroll into a course at college or university. It may also be a good choice if you
- Have not studied subjects (in your high school) essential to become eligible for a college or university program
- Are unaware of the hospitality and tourism courses available at colleges and institutes in Canada and their scopes
- Do not have sufficient understanding of the various career paths in hospitality and tourism industry
- The benefits of foundation programs in hospitality and tourism are that these
- Lay a strong emphasis on the use of English in all their aspects. As proficiency in English is the major criterion to be employed in Canada, these courses help students further develop their English language skills.
- Are delivered by experienced professors who help students understand various career options available in this field.
- Include specially crafted learning experiences in the areas of hospitality, tourism and culture.
- Offer individualized attention to participants, as class sizes are small.
- Help students enhance their language standards and communication competence
The hospitality and tourism foundations programs typically run for one year through two semesters. The focus is on providing students with the basic understanding of geography and tourism, theory of food fundamentals, sanitation, safety and hygiene, mathematics, life skills, communication skills development and job readiness.
As these are foundations programs, thus, do not include any advanced courses related to either hospitality or tourism. The focus is on helping students understand the industry and various career options it offers them.
In order to apply for foundations courses in tourism and hospitality, students will need to fill and application form and submit required documents, such as a copy of secondary school diploma certificate or mature applicant status and scores in English Skills Assessment conducted by the college. Applicants with scores 130 or 131 in English can begin this program. However, the applications may or may not be sent directly to the colleges. Each college has a different procedure for inviting applications.
Studying Hospitality and Tourism Foundations in Canada
There are a number of colleges offering foundations courses in tourism and hospitality in Canada. However, most colleges offer this program as an "alternate offer" for individuals who apply to their post-secondary programs in the areas of hospitality, tourism and culture, but do not meet admission requirements. Therefore, applicants must carefully research about the course and choose a college where they would want to apply for a post-secondary program after the completion of the foundations course.
Centennial College is considered as one of the most prestigious educational institutions for studying culture, tourism and hospitality. All their courses are recognized and offer a combination of classroom learning and real world experience through industry field placements.
In addition, the college has tie-ups with other universities where students are eligible to apply for advanced hospitality degree courses after completing their college diploma. Moreover, the college provides excellent placement opportunities to graduates of culture, heritage, tourism and hospitality programs.
The way we learn, play, work and communicate is continuously changing. Thanks to the rapid innovations in mobile communications, interactive systems, and computer and internet technologies. Media systems design or media engineering design integration is a rapidly emerging field that is not only responsible for enhancing the experience of technology users but is also extending a lot of new and innovative career opportunities to professionals.
The media engineering professionals are technologists, designers, content producers, user experience designers, software programmers and technical producers who create new applications and products for media marketplace. They are responsible for conceptualizing, designing, developing and distributing highly interactive communication, business, and education, networking and entertainment applications.
The demand for media engineering professionals is higher than ever. This is because a major chunk of population nowadays relies on smart phones, tablets and other smart devices for their entertainment, information and business needs. The demand is expected to increase further in the coming years.
However, the competition in the job market remains fierce despite increasing job opportunities. Employers prefer to pick the best resources who are not only technically sound but also understand the psychology of modern customers. They are keen on hiring resources who are pro-active and can help them stay ahead of the competition.
Becoming a Media Engineering Professional
Aspiring media engineering professionals are expected to
- Possess a balanced set of design and programming skills
- Lead teams of technologists and media producers
- Conceptualize new media applications
- Have genuine understanding of both the disciplines, including media production and engineering technology
- Be able to execute a media technology project
- Have strong analytical and decision-making skills
- Have hands-on experience in creation and distribution of digital media
A media education program may help aspiring professionals gain all these skills and abilities, in order to enter the world of work. It covers application development for traditional and wireless devices, content production for different media, digital signage systems and networks and retail installations.
The program offers a unique blend of theoretical education and hands-on experience. It covers a wide selection of subjects, including media engineering, sound design and video production, visual design, computer systems and networks, design for web and mobile devices, media electronics, math and electrical fundamentals, software programming, computer systems and networks, physical computing, automated control systems, media system engineering, product development and entrepreneurship, content management and media informatics.
College or university graduates in engineering, technology or media can apply for this course. They need to send their applications to the college along with a copy of college diploma or university degree certificate, a portfolio of previous work, a letter of intent and an updated resume. Applicants with minimum two years of university education and work experience relevant to this field can also apply for this course.
Where to Study Media Engineering Program in Canada?
A number of Canadian colleges offer graduate certificate media studies courses. Unfortunately, not all offer students with opportunities to work in real-life settings. Centennial College Toronto provides students with a 15-week industry field placement at a media technology company or interactive design firm. Apart from this, the college offers students laboratory experience in PLC, robotics, sensors, electronics and network technology project management. They also participate in several individual and team projects.
They also include other related aspects that are important for smooth kitchen management, including sanitation, safety and hygiene, food theory, hospitality accounting, practical math, communications, human resources and career planning and customer service. These programs typically run for one year through two semesters and aim to equip learners with all basic knowledge and skills necessary to seek entry level job in food operations sector in hospitality industry.
Opportunities Associated with Kitchen Management Courses
Centennial College's one-year post-secondary hospitality program in kitchen management offers learners several opportunities, including:
- Hands-on training for one year in state-of-the-art on-campus students restaurant
- Classroom lectures and career guidance by industry experts
- Possibility of finding employment with the corporate and business partners of the program
- Development of skills in accounting, human resources, supervision and quantity food production
- Earning National Sanitation Training Certificate and Smart Serve Program Certificate
- Industry field placement as kitchen manager
- Articulating into the second year of college's two-year restaurant and catering program
Competencies Gained by the Studentsv
The students of this program demonstrate the ability to:
- Control the cost of food and labour
- Keep the kitchen and surroundings clean, safe and hygienic
- Supervise the food production
- Ensure that the food cooked and served is wholesome and safe
- Ensure that food is served in timely manner
- Supervise a real-life food service operation
Who Can Take This Course?
The one-year hospitality course in kitchen management can be taken by anyone who wishes to build a career in food operations management with a hotel, restaurant, cruise company or any organization that serves food to its customers, residents or patients.
Individuals who have completed their secondary education can apply for this course. For this, they will need to send their applicants to the college with required supporting:
- A copy of secondary school diploma certificate or equivalent
- Scores in English Grade 12 C or University or equivalent. Those who do not meet this criterion must take college's English skills assessment.
Students currently in high school can also apply for this program. Their scores (of midterm and final term) will be directly transmitted to the college.
Program graduates can choose to pursue their careers as kitchen management executives, food operations executives, duty managers, shift supervisors, food service assistants, purchase coordinators, kitchen managers, kitchen supervisors or customer service staff.
They can also choose to study further and apply their academic credits earned during this program for a two-year restaurant and catering management. This will help them enhance their knowledge and skills and seek better, more advanced and higher paying jobs upon graduation.
Students can also choose to enroll into a two-year program after working in the industry and gaining substantial experience as this gives them more clarity on which career path will help them best meet their specific career goals.
Careers as customs compliance analysts, import/export documentation specialists, global logistics assistants and inside sales representatives all require knowledge of key global concepts, such as processing customs compliance documents, assisting in the transportation of goods to and from locations throughout the world, and taking on a support role in the marketing and sale of Canadian goods in the global marketplace.
In order to launch a career in the field, you must attend one of Canada’s post-secondary International Business programs. These offerings teach you everything you need to carry out the duties of the various roles. One such program is Centennial College’s Business – International Business undertaking. It takes two years to complete and prepares students with business knowledge that is applicable to the manufacturing and production sector, retail and distribution, transportation or as part of a consulting firm.
Here is a closer look at some of the specific International Business Courses offered within the program that focus on global aspects of the industry.
Business Communications: Behaviour is an important element of the social and technical systems in the workplace. As such, students examine and then apply the concepts of individual and group behaviour, communication, conflict and various management styles, motivational techniques and coordination in the work environment to the development of an organization’s human resources.
International Marketing: There are unique international marketing strategies that effectively respond to globalization, which is an important component of business without borders. For that reason, trends in the global environment and the impact of these trends on international marketing are also analyzed. As an interactive component, students complete a term project that enables them to apply the course material to a practical situation.
International Business Concepts: International trade, the macro-environment within which international business takes place, and the major strategic decisions facing international business managers are all discussed from the perspective of a Canadian businessperson seeking international opportunities.
Global Logistics: In this course, students are introduced to all aspects of moving goods internationally including cost controls, distribution alternatives and other transportation issues.
Customs Services and Compliance: Custom procedures are covered in order to provide students with the background necessary for the development of Canadian customs in a global environment. The course specifically highlights current Canadian customs and excise laws, tariff classification, and valuation for tariff purposes, and preparation of customs documentation.
In addition of these international aspects, the International Business Program also features broad business topics such as: fundamentals for business success, mathematics of finance, financial accounting concepts, business operations, human resources management, business analysis and more. It is worth noting that many of these courses are common among other School of Business programs, which provides students with a solid base.
Working as an entry-level electrical engineering technician in Canada typically requires a post-secondary diploma in electrical engineering. For more advanced career opportunities, the individuals may enroll in bachelor level degree programs at any of the universities in the country.
The post-secondary diploma course is designed to provide a solid foundation in electronic and electrical theory and practices. Students are taught to install, test, maintain, repair, analyze and troubleshoot different kinds of electrical circuits, systems and equipments. The program combines classroom lectures, hands-on-labs, projects and actual workplace assignments.
The technicians are expected to work on diverse traditional and modern equipments used in residential, commercial and industrial settings. This is why they need to obtain thorough grounding in electrical engineering sciences and skills. The electrical engineering courses help them gain in-depth understanding and working knowledge of functioning, installing, testing, maintenance and repairing of electrical equipments, circuits, instruments, motors and devices.
Centennial College's electrical engineering program runs for two years and covers a wide range of subjects including electrical theory and installations, electronics, mathematics, AutoCAD, drawing interpretation, monitoring systems, electric power generation and distribution, network and Adv control system. The program also lays strong emphasis on Canadian Electrical Code, ethics in technology and the environment and communication.
After the course completion, the graduates demonstrate the ability to:
- Install electric power systems, devices, motors
- Maintain electric and electronic systems
- Troubleshoot electric equipments, systems, motors, devices, circuits and instruments
- Work in various electrical environments relating to power generation, transmission, protection, distribution and utilization
- Replace parts of or entire electrical systems
- Provide technical assistance whenever required
- Monitor devices and equipments
- Develop solutions to improve the functioning of equipments
Graduates in electrical engineering can find employment with diverse industries including industrial telecommunications, equipment design and manufacturing companies, power generation and transmission companies, electrical maintenance and installation contractors, retail companies selling electrical equipments or electronics and firms offering electrical repair and installation services in residential and commercial settings.
The technicians can work in electrical and other related areas including power generation, transmission, utilization and distribution, electrical maintenance, control systems, repairs, design and sales and services. The range of functions depends upon the type of employment, individual experience and educational qualifications.
The job prospects in the field of electrical engineering are bright as people are becoming more and more dependent on electrical and electronic products. The increased demand for machines and other electrical systems and electronic components has resulted in sharp increase in employment opportunities in this field. The electrical and electronics industry is constantly evolving. Given the anticipated growth in demand for electrical products, the demand for people who can install, troubleshoot, maintain and repair these products will be high in the coming years.
Students considering building a career in electrical engineering should enroll themselves in a post-secondary course that offers them thorough understanding of operation, functioning and installation and repairing of electrical and electronic products. To enroll in Centennial College's electrical engineering technician, you will need
- Secondary school diploma or equivalent
- English Grade 12 C or University or equivalent
- Mathematics Grade 11 M or 12 C or University or equivalent
- Working with fire-service teams and pre-hospital emergency care providers
- Providing support as a team member in emergency and non-emergency situations
- Using problem solving and decision making skills in emergency and non-emergency situations
- Demonstrating confidence, professionalism and sensitivity in a variety of emergency and non-emergency situations
- Using safe practices and techniques with apparatus, tools and equipments of fire department
- Communicating effectively using electronic, written, verbal and non-verbal methods of communication
- Ensuring ethical, safety and legal requirements for operating in fire safety industry
- Developing the skills required to suppress fire, educate community, offer firefighter emergency patient care, protect environment and conduct special rescue operations
- Working in teams with a strong desire to make a difference in the lives of others
The profession of firefighting is not for everyone. Those who are genuinely interested in serving others and having a strong desire to make a meaningful difference in their lives should consider entering the fire service industry. The job also demands emotional stability and ability to work in flexible shifts and stressful situations.
Pre-service Firefighter Courses in Canada
The pre-service firefighter courses in Canada typically run for one year and cover a wide range of subjects including:
- Introduction to fire service
- Fire ground operations
- Emergency patient care
- Fire equipment
- Fire suppression
- Rescue operations
- Environmental protection
- Fire safety inspection
- Professional preparation
- Social analysis to social action
Students also gain practical experience in rescue operations and fire suppression while utilizing training facilities at Toronto Fire Services and the state-of-the-art patient care lab.
In order to apply for a pre-service firefighter course, you will need:
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma
- English Grade 12 C or University or equivalent
- Mathematics Grade 11 M or 12 C or University or equivalent
- One Science Grade 11 or 12 (Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Exercise Science)
- To complete a self-identifying questionnaire
After admission, you will need to submit:
- Clear police check with vulnerable sector screening
- Clear medical report
- Proof of immunization
- Complete CPR and First Aid Training
- Class DZ driving licence
In addition, you should also have 20/30 vision in each eye without corrective lenses and normal unaided hearing.
Choosing the Right College in Ontario
A number of colleges in Ontario offer pre-service firefighter education and training. Unfortunately, not all are accredited to a state governing body. While choosing a college in Canada, ensure that the program:
- Curriculum is approved by the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) and the Ontario Office of the Fire Marshall (OFM)
- Combines theory and practical
- Provides field placement
- Makes you eligible to write the Ontario Fire Marshall Provincial Testing
- Is taught in partnership with Toronto Fire Services
Centennial College's pre-service firefighter education and training program meets all these criteria and prepares you for an exciting career in fire service industry.
Do you already work in hospitality tourism and culture but are looking to upgrade your skills in order to make a career change? Do you have a college diploma or university degree in a particular discipline but have an interest in culture and heritage sites? Did you complete a partial post secondary education, have relevant work experience in the culture and heritage site management field, and wish to finish your studies? If so, Centennial College may have the program for you.
The Culture and Heritage Site Management program offers a series of heritage management courses to graduate students that prepare them with a very particular skill set to manage culture and heritage resources. These courses feature industry-based subjects — presented through theory and practical application — that are relevant to this largely publicly run or not-for-profit culture and heritage sector. Here is a sample of the learning students obtain.
Culture and Heritage Management Essentials: This course offers students a framework for understanding the organizational and management aspects of the not-for-profit and public sector culture and heritage organizations. As such, they will gain insight into the generalist practitioner’s administering of day-to-day operations of the breadth of sector establishments and venues. Issues of sustainability and ethics are also examined, with local, national and international cases used to illustrate the points.
Innovative Technologies in the Culture and Heritage Sector: While the sites these professionals manage are sometimes ancient, the industry must keep up with the changing times. As such, this course looks at computer technology and electronic media as invaluable management resources in support of the mission and objectives of culture and heritage organizations. Through lectures, readings and case studies, learners gain insight into the process of determining whether, and how to invest in social networking strategies and/or add an online component to an organization’s profile as well as the concomitant challenges/opportunities having such exposure creates for culture and heritage sector managers.
Culture and Heritage Customer Relationship Management: This course examines the primary functions of customer/constituent relationship management (CRM) and explores how it functions in the digital and non-digital worlds. Using case studies, Internet resources and text materials, students master the vocabulary of CRM, understand how the various CRM functions are related and become familiar with the types of reports and software applications that are used by not-for-profit businesses in performing CRM functions.
National Historic Site Management: Students receive an overview of managing National Historic Sites (NHS). As a hands-on component, case studies are used to examine NHS site designation and the attendant impact on marketability and revenue generation. Case studies also constitute the vehicle for discussion of stakeholder communities and perspectives on sustainability, marketing issues, destination management and visitor management.
After students successfully complete each culture course, they are equipped to launch careers with national historic sites, national and provincial parks, federal, provincial and municipal cultural funding agencies; and related not-for-profit arts, cultural and heritage organizations.
The post-secondary hospitality services program prepares students for diverse hospitality careers in the areas of food service, front-end operations, food production, sanitation and hygiene, beverage services, travel management, food marketing, event management, kitchen and dining room operations and many more. It is a basic program that promotes necessary understanding of interrelationships among travel, lodging, food and culture.
This one-year program may be the right choice for those who want to work in ever-growing hospitality industry. It provides students an opportunity to develop full understanding of various career options that hospitality and related industries offer them.
Benefits of a Hospitality Services Program
- As mentioned earlier, hospitality industry is growing leaps and bounds, offering professionals ample number of job opportunities in each sector. Individuals can build rewarding careers in the sector of their choice from among tourism, food service, food production, and hospitality.
- The program also allows students to explore available post-secondary hospitality courses, allowing them to choose the one that best suits their career goals. The program helps them gain a clarity on which profession/field they want to choose upon graduation, so that they can make dedicated and focused efforts in that direction.
- This one-year program offers students variety within the curriculum and the hands-on experience, which leads them to employment as front desk clerks, room attendants, workers in maintenance department, cooks, food servicers, sanitation and safety executives or beverage services.
- The program incorporates job seeking techniques. The experienced faculty guides and advises students on how to find employment in the industry. They also teach them resume writing and job interview skills.
- The graduates of this program can seek challenging and exciting job opportunities in diverse hospitality service-related positions both locally and across Canada as main attention is given to food and beverage services, housekeeping, front desk skills and kitchen operations during the program.
- The program graduates can also apply their academic credits towards more advanced hospitality management courses at the college. This will help them upgrade their skills for better and high paying job opportunities.
The hospitality services program covers basic subjects, including communication skills for hospitality service, front of the house agent, room attendant, visitor information services and life skills and job readiness in the first semester. The second semester covers beverage services, safety and sanitation, kitchen and dining room operations and mathematics.
The program also incorporates two field placements, one in each semester, allowing students to get hands-on experience and put their classroom learning into practice. The program can be taken by anyone who has completed secondary education and Grade 12 workplace level English. They can send their applications to the college via mail, online or in person along with a copy of secondary school diploma certificate and proof of English proficiency (workplace level).
Studying Hospitality Services in Canada
Centennial College is a hospitality college in Ontario that allows students to gain hands-on experience through the on-campus training restaurant laboratory, apart from field placements. Moreover, the college also offers computerized training facility. The certificate offered by the college reflects high standards of learning.
Cultural and heritage tourism is an emerging industry in Canada as well as across the globe. Modern travellers prefer to explore destinations that provide them a combination of learning and leisure. They want to experience distinct and authentic sense of places they visit.
Canada has a vast collection of cultural and historic places. However, the tourism industry is facing an acute shortage of professionals who have a thorough understanding of cultural and heritage sites in the country and can serve the growing segment of travel consumers expecting a more engaging genre of travel experiences featuring indigenous cultures and heritage.
Employers are keen on hiring professionals are able to contribute to this evolving transformation and ensure a high degree of customer satisfaction. Not only this, they also expect them to have hands-n experience in promoting and marketing tourism products, services and experiences, managing daily operations of a tourism organization, distributing accurate and detailed product knowledge and destination information to clients and applying accounting and financial knowledge and skills to the operations of a tourism organization
Tourism Management Programs in Canada
In order to meet industry demand for travel and tourism professionals possessing in-depth knowledge in cultural and heritage tourism management, many Canadian colleges have introduced specialized programs in this field. Unfortunately, not all tourism management programs are affiliated.
Centennial College’s cultural and heritage management courses are accredited by UNWTO TedQual. The graduates of this program are prepared for rewarding careers in this growing segment of tourism industry whether they envision a career in Ontario’s tourism sector or with world-view potential.
The program provides students with an interdisciplinary learning approach and integrates the challenges in cultural and heritage tourism sector with operative essentials of the industry. The two-year course combines classroom learning and a cultural and heritage tourism field placement, helping students build strong theoretical foundation and gain hands-on experience.
During classroom lectures, the students are not only introduced to cultural and heritage tourism but they are also taught to apply cultural and heritage tourism principles and practices to contribute to this emergent transformation. They acquire knowledge in cultural tour planning, cultural and heritage facilities management, festival management and tourism marketing.
The placement component offers them an opportunity to work in a real-life setting, which helps them gain special skills and knowledge associated with this trade. Besides, it also gives them opportunity to establish professional networks that can help them seek employment upon course completion.
As mentioned earlier, the career prospects in this field are bright. And in the coming years, they are expected to increase further. The graduates of this program van find employment with festival and event management companies, Ministry of Tourism and Culture, municipal governments, museums, major hotel chains and tourism organizations. They may also choose to study further and apply their credits towards a more advanced course in tourism management at the university.
In order to apply for post-secondary tourism management courses, the students need:
- Secondary school diploma or equivalent
- English Grade 12 C or University or equivalent
Employment opportunities for leisure and recreation management professionals exist in hospitals, long-term care settings, municipal community recreation centres, school-aged childcare centres, rehabilitation centres and youth-focused organizations.
Nowadays, the career opportunities are also available in corporate settings where employers provide their employees with leisure and recreation facilities at the worksite, in order to keep them physically active and manage their mental stress. As employee health is directly related to productivity, employers are keen on introducing leisure and recreation programs for their people.
This has given rise to the demand for professionals who can create, implement and evaluate recreation and leisure programs and special events, responding to the specific needs of people. Another reason for their increased demand is general population's awareness on fitness, wellness and lifestyle management.
The individuals with a formal education and training in recreation and leisure management stand better chance of finding suitable employment opportunities. Not only this, recreation and leisure could be one of the most handsomely paying industries in future.
The recreation and leisure workers have to perform a myriad of activities including:
- Creating and implementing leisure and recreation programs
- Identifying the individual needs of clients to maximize the delivery of recreation benefits
- Promoting leisure programs, social events and recreational programs
- Ensuring safety at recreation venues
- Making research and planning strategies
- Developing plans for personal and professional growth and development
- Designing and delivering recreational programs and special events
- Raising funds for special events
The leisure and recreation professionals may require working in variety of weather conditions. They may work indoors as well as outdoors, depending upon their employment, type of industry they work in and their individual qualification and experience.
Leisure and Recreation Management Education
Centennial College's leisure and recreation management course prepares students for assuming many roles including first-line practitioners, leaders, teachers, group facilitators, referral workers, counsellors, advocates, coaches and outreach workers in the field of recreation and leisure. It features classroom learning, complemented with an extensive supervised field placement program, allowing students to gain critical practical skills by putting their classroom learning into real life situations.
The two-year, post-secondary program covers a wide range of subjects including:
- Recreation programming
- Gerontology and wellness
- Child and youth development
- Group dynamics
- Therapeutic recreation
- Healthy lifestyle management
- Cultural awakening
- The business of recreation
- Community development
- Recreation management
The curriculum also focuses on wellness, culture and heritage and diversity management. Besides, supervised field placements take place for two days a week in the second semester and three days a week in third and fourth semesters.
Qualified graduates can choose to either pursue their careers or opt for an advanced leisure and recreation management degree at a university by applying their academic credits towards further study.
In order to apply for this program, students will need:
- Secondary school diploma or equivalent
- English Grade 12 C or University of equivalent
After admission, you will be required to submit:
- A clear police check with vulnerable sector screening
- A proof of immunization
- Minimum C grade in each English course
Volunteer work in a related field is recommended prior to application; however, it’s not mandatory. Applicants will also need to attend program admission session.