Restaurant Operations (not accepting applications)

Restaurant Manager with plate of food
Antoinette's Restaurant, Whitehorse, Yukon

Interested in a dynamic, exciting career in hospitality management?

The Restaurant Operations program prepares you to work in the hospitality industry, particularly in management positions.


Program Description

This diploma program allows students who complete the requirements of both the Culinary Arts and Food and Beverage Operations certificates to enroll in a capstone project. Upon successful completion of the project, students will receive a Diploma in Restaurant Operations. Students may begin with either certificate program.

The culminating project will prove students’ ability to be successful in a dynamic industry and inevitably enhance employment opportunities and support entrepreneurial aspirations.

Please note: There are times when students attending the diploma program are expected to participate in special events and dining room activities outside of pre-scheduled class times. Every effort will be made to give students advanced notice of these activities.

General Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the diploma, graduates will have demonstrated the ability to:

  • Develop a business plan and operational procedures for a food service event.
  • Stress the importance of the customer in the design and running of an event.
  • Demonstrate the importance of the concept and location of a food service event.
  • Demonstrate awareness of the scope of the food service industry including key control areas of the management of food service systems.
  • Plan, organize, staff and evaluate a food and beverage service event.

Capstone Project

Students will work in small groups under the supervision of a faculty advisor to complete a capstone project to organize and put on an event. This event may be an independent event or an event in conjunction with a local organization i.e. a local non-profit organization.

This project is a non-traditional academic experience relating to work experience within the hospitality industry. By synthesizing the skills learned in individual program courses, students will research, plan, and carry out an event that incorporates all aspects of food and beverage operations. The project may be assigned individually or as group. Students will be required to demonstrate the necessary skills of adaptability, leadership, negotiation, motivation and professionalism needed to be successful in the industry. As this experience is directly relevant to success in the industry, students will be required to run a profitable event.

The process leading up to the event will be supervised by a faculty member who will provide feedback or direction as needed through regular meetings and also includes academic assignments and a written report.

Admission Requirements
  • successful completion of either the Culinary Arts or Food and Beverage Operation certificates
  • enrolment in second term of remaining certificate (Culinary Arts, or Food and Beverage Operations)
Other Requirements

Diploma students will be taking on a supervisory role in the capstone project and must be prepared to demonstrate professionalism to industry standards.

Yukon First Nations Core Competency

Yukon College recognizes that a greater understanding and awareness of Yukon First Nations history, culture and journey towards self-determination will help to build positive relationships among all Yukon citizens. As a result, you will be required to achieve core competency in knowledge of Yukon First Nations.

For details, please see Yukon First Nations Core Competency.


Transfer/Equivalency/Accreditation is in progress.

Career Opportunities

Completion of the diploma will prove the ability to be successful in a dynamic industry and inevitably enhance employment opportunities or support entrepreneurial aspirations. 

Graduates of the diploma program enhance their opportunity to advance their careers in the global cooking and hospitality industry including restaurants and hotels, lodges, resorts and catering companies.

Money Matters


Tuition for credit programs is calculated per course credit. See Money Matters for more information.

Some programs and courses have additional fees -  see Ancillary Fees.

Yukon College Student Financial Awards

Education is an investment in your future, your family and your community. Yukon College is pleased to support that investment by offering some of the most competitive tuition rates in the country, as well as several Student Financial Awards to help offset your educational and living costs.

Financial Assistance

There are government programs, scholarships, bursaries, awards and First Nation funding available to financially support you throughout your academic career.

See Money Matters for more information, or talk to our financial advising staff in the Student Services Centre. Email or call 867.668.8720 to make an appointment.