Food and Beverage Service Credential

Next Start TimeDurationFormatCredits
Fall1 - 2 semestersIn-Person7
food and beverage service students


Be a modern day alchemist and server extraordinaire! The Food and Beverage Service Credential provides you with the skills necessary to shine in the hospitality industry. Included in the credential is national certification in safe alcohol service, bartending and cocktail recipe development, and dining and beverage service standards. You may use the skills gained through this credential in a wide range of careers, from traditional hospitality to healthcare dining, operations, management, and beyond!

Searchable job titles may include:

  • Host/hostess 
  • Bartender 
  • Service assistant manager 
  • Server 
  • Kitchen assistant 
  • Catering assistant 
  • Catering bar server 
  • Beverage tasting room server 


The Food and Beverage Service Credential at Tompkins Cortland requires you to earn a passing grade in three courses, which can typically be completed in one semester. These three courses can be applied towards the Hotel and Restaurant Management A.A.S. degree. Courses are offered in hybrid formats.

View the Program Requirements and Search for the listed Course Descriptions.

Our Partners

Thank you to Coltivare for helping create this microcredential. Our industry and community partners are vital to the success of our microcredential programs and many are leading employers of our graduates. Types of regional employers that typically recruit for these roles, include:

  • Wineries/Breweries/Distilleries 
  • Restaurants  
  • Full-Service Hotels and Event Centers 
  • Off Premise Catering Companies 
  • Food Service Operations for Colleges, Healthcare, etc. 

Ready to get started?

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Financing your Microcredential

There are many resources available to assist you in paying for your microcredential. Discuss your options with an Admissions representative when you register. 

  • Part-Time TAP for Non-Degree Programs is now available for many microcredentials at TC3! For more information the HESC website. A valid FAFSA must be on file to be eligible. To apply and for questions, contact Associate Director of Financial Aid Sarah Dockstater at
  • Grant money is available through the Tompkins Community Recovery Fund for Tompkins County residents 
  • Grants are available through Tompkins Workforce NY Career Center and Cortland Works Career Center for county residents 
  • Several employers in our community offer tuition reimbursement and sponsorship specifically for microcredentials  
  • Financial aid is available to eligible students who pursue the credential while matriculated in a degree program. 


1 Semester Session
Fall 2024HRMG107Friday8:00am-5:00pm
Fall 2024HRMG108Tuesday1:30-4:10pm
Fall 2024WINE110Saturday9:00am-4:00pm
2 Semester Session
Fall 2024HRMG107Tuesday1:30-4:10pm
Fall 2024HRMG108Saturday9:00am-4:00pm
Spring 2025WINE110Friday8:00am-5:00pm