Certificate in Hospitality Skills Co-op

Learn about the hospitality industry in Ontario, Canada, and quickly skill up for entry-level work.

Get the skills & certifications you need to rapidly find work in Ontario’s booming tourism & hospitality industry.

Develop an understanding of the tourism, travel, and hospitality industry and learn how to research to constantly keep your knowledge and skills current and in demand. You’ll also earn the key certifications you need to work in entry-level hospitality and customer service jobs in Ontario in this flexible program.

This co-op program will help you get hands-on experience in a hospitality role related to your studies.

Why Choose the Certificate in Hospitality Skills.

  • Explore the variety of jobs available in the exciting areas of hospitality, travel, and tourism.
  • Get job-ready fast and put your skills to work in a co-op placement.
  • Learn the importance of teamwork, communication, problem-solving, and conflict resolution.
  • Earn internationally recognized certification from the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI).
  • Get your Smart Serve® certification, required for alcohol service in the Province of Ontario.
  • Put your skills into practice and get Canadian references in a co-op work placement related to tourism, hospitality, sales, or marketing.



Morning 32 weeks

Co-op Morning Schedule* includes 16 weeks study + 16 weeks co-op placement

*Schedules will be adjusted in December to accommodate public holidays. Contact us for more information.


Beginner 4

(Equivalent to TOEFL iBT 31, or IELTS 4.0)

OR Completion of a minimum of three full years of study in a secondary or post-secondary institution where the sole language of instruction is English.


View general Greystone College Admission Requirements for your chosen campus.


2024: Jan 2, Jan 29, Feb 26, Mar 25, Apr 22, Dec 2
2025: Apr 21, Sept 8

Start dates are dependent on enrolment and are subject to change


Summer Breaks:
Morning Schedule Only:
2024: Jun 17 - Aug 9, 2024

Winter Breaks:
Morning Schedule:
2024/2025: Dec 23, 2024 - Dec 27, 2024

Why Choose Co-op?

Co-op or “co-operative education” combines academic study with a work placement related to your study area. This popular Canadian learning approach provides students with hands-on experience in their study field, quality references, and networks that will give them a competitive edge for finding future work and growing their career.


Take the Certificate in Hospitality Skills co-op and build work experience in entry-level positions like:

  • Food and Beverage Attendant
  • Front Desk Receptionist
  • Function Attendant
  • Restaurant Host/Hostess
  • Function Host
  • Server/Banquet Server
  • And more

Program Courses

NOTE: Starting on December 2, 2024 in Toronto*, some courses in this program will change:
The new Workplace Skills & Tools course will replace:
Work Placement Skills 1 & 2
*This change will be implemented for new arriving Toronto students with start dates on or after December 2, 2024.

Learn about food and beverage service, food sanitation, guest service, dining room and kitchen protocol, workplace safety, food terminology and wine knowledge. The course also takes you through various aspects of the hospitality institution operations and management. This subject complements Hospitality, Tourism and Travel information by providing the skills needed for one of the most common entry-level positions in the industry. Successful completion leads to an internationally recognized certificate from the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA). START program is registered trademark of American Hotel and Lodging Association.

In this course, students will gain the knowledge required to source and use current and emerging information on the hospitality, tourism and travel industry. Students will develop researcher skills in order to stay current on industry structure and technology issues. Personnel integrate this essential knowledge on a daily basis to work effectively in the industry.

The Restaurant Service Course will teach you how to provide excellent food and beverage service while learning important protocols to ensure food safety and safe service of alcohol. The course will prepare you for entry-level food and beverage positions in the tourism and hospitality industry. Upon completion of the course, students will be prepared to take exams for the following certifications, which may be required for certain food and beverage jobs in Canada: - American Hotel and Lodging Education Institute START* Restaurant Server certification - Smart Serve ®** (Ontario) or Serving it Right (British Columbia) certification - Food Safety Basics / Food Safe Level 1 certification *The START program is a registered trademark of American Hotel and Lodging Association. **Smart Serve is a registered trademark of Smart Serve Ontario.

In this course, students will develop teamwork skills for the workplace. The course covers topics like working in a group environment, promoting team commitment and cooperation, supporting team members and dealing effectively with issues, problems and conflict.

Learn the fundamental skills necessary for the Canadian workplace. Students will learn topics such as oral and written communication, computer skills, and workplace preparation. The course will also cover the necessary skills needed for academic study in their program.

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