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What will I learn?

Get the competitive edge with the perfect mix of theory and hands-on experience.

In this 14-week Bartending Ontario College Certificate program, you gain the practical dexterity and professional development skills you need to become a professional bartender. Obtain five-star service instruction from industry professionals with real-world advice and guidance.

Gain applied skills in mixology and garnishing, and learn the principles and practices of bar management in our fully-stocked, multi-station mixology and wine-tasting labs. Through sampling and tasting, expand your palette and develop an appreciation for the complexity and diversity of liquors, liqueurs, beers and wines. It is the perfect blend of theory and hands-on experience to achieve competitive edge for your bartending career.

During the Bartending program, earn certificates that give you a competitive edge when job hunting, including the Smart Serve certificate, Draft Beer Quality certificate, and Workplace Violence and Harassment certificate. Smart Serve is a mandatory certification for serving alcohol in licensed establishments in Ontario.

Expand your real-world experience with a field placement in an Ottawa bar, restaurant or nightclub. This placement gives you the opportunity to network with industry contacts.

There is a demand for qualified bartenders in today`s hospitality industry. You may find employment as a bartender in:

  • restaurants
  • convention centres
  • resorts
  • bars
  • hotels
  • cruise ships
  • nightclubs

With further training, you may advance to positions like bar or food and beverage manager. You must be 19 years of age to apply to this program.


This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Enjoy working in nightclubs or any hotel/restaurant industry.
  • Prefer immediate and profitable rewards from their occupation.
  • Seek to share their unique creations in a social environment.
  • Are eager to network and share creative promotional ideas.
  • Possess strong interpersonal and social skills.

Which department am I in?

School of Hospitality and Tourism

Study options

Full Time (14 weeks)

Tuition fees
2022 Fall: SEM 1 - CAN $8,353.03; 2023 Winter: SEM 1 - CAN $8,129.55
Start date

9 January 2023


Algonquin College

Woodroffe Campus,

1385 Woodroffe Avenue,


Ontario (ON),

K2G 1V8, Canada

Entry requirements

For international students

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. Applicants with an OSSD showing senior English and/or Mathematics courses at the Basic Level, or with Workplace or Open courses, will be tested to determine their eligibility for admission; OR

Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) certificate; OR

General Educational Development (GED) certificate; OR

Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program).

Applicants with International transcripts must provide proof of the subject specific requirements noted above along with proof of either: IELTS-International English Language Testing Service-Overall band of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band; OR TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 80, with the minimum of 20 in each component: Reading 20; Listening: 20; Speaking: 20; Writing: 20.


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