CCTP-Cooking & Catering Professional Program

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Mentor Supported Self-Study Instructor Led - 4 Weeks Long
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Our Complete Career Training Programs (CCTP) include both the training you need and the skills you will want in order to be prepared for your new career. We have taken online career programs to a whole new level by bundling our Career Training with Personal Enrichment courses to ensure you have a diversified learning experience.

Our mentor-supported career courses focus on the industry standards that prepare you for your chosen career or certification. You will also get our smaller, four-week long, instructor-led personal enrichment courses to further your employment training.

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Professional Cooking Part I

The food-service industry continues to expand with a wide variety of new restaurants opening every day. Learn the cooking principles you need to begin your career in this exciting industry with our Professional Cooking course. Learn the basics for planning dishes and menus, selecting quality ingredients, and preparing and presenting food in exceptional ways. This course explores professional techniques and methods for creating hundreds of recipes both traditional and contemporary. From cooking meat, poultry, and game, to preparing purely vegetarian dishes, to baking cakes, pies and pastries, this two part Professional Cooking course will take you through the full spectrum of food preparation and presentation while inspiring you to create recipes of your very own.

Professional Cooking Part II

This course explores professional techniques and methods for creating hundreds of recipes both traditional and contemporary. From cooking meat, poultry, and game, to preparing purely vegetarian dishes, Part I will take you through the full spectrum of food preparation and presentation while inspiring you to create recipes of your very own.

Professional Catering

Our comprehensive Professional Catering course will take you through all the steps involved in operating a successful catering business. From planning an event step-by-step, to developing a full menu, to managing your clients and employees, this course offers solutions and considerations for all types of related issues that may arise. Learn the skills and techniques you need to build and grow a successful catering business today!

Prerequisite(s): None

Principles of Marketing

As consumers, we each experience what could be marketing case studies every day. We are exposed to thousands of advertising messages. We develop needs, research solutions, evaluate options, make purchases, and experience satisfaction or disappointment. This makes marketing a particularly stimulating subject for teachers and learners since its practical application is visible every day. Old rules of marketing are no longer useful to those who want to influence these new consumer’s choices. Our Principles of Marketing course introduces students to the concepts and processes of marketing and takes them deeper into the work of marketing.

Prerequisite: None

Microsoft Excel® 2019

Microsoft Excel 2019 is a powerful tool you can use to create and format spreadsheets so you can more easily analyze data, share information, and make more informed decisions. With our Microsoft Excel 2019 course, you will learn how to create rich data visualization, PivotTable views, professional-looking charts, print media, hyperlinks, and worksheet web pages.

* You have 4 weeks to complete this course from date of your enrollment.

** Course Subject to Change.

Start Your Own Catering Business

Do you love to entertain and host parties? Do you love to cook and create exciting menus?  Now you can realize your dream of working from home doing something you enjoy. Catering is considered to be the fastest growing segment of the food service industry in the United States! Learn the steps necessary for setting up and running your own home-based catering business. From writing a successful business plan to marketing your new business and tips for deciding on a menu- this course has it all.

* You have 4 weeks to complete this course from date of your enrollment.

** Course Subject to Change.

Better Interpersonal Communication

Interpersonal Communication is a very important skill that is needed to develop and maintain personal and professional relationships. Just because you are talking does not mean you are communicating. This course will take you through the steps involved in understanding the importance of interpersonal communication and the effect on our daily interactions.

* You have 4 weeks to complete this course from date of your enrollment.

** Course Subject to Change.

** Course Subject to Change.

Professional Cooking Part I

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify proper food handling, measurements and how to create a balanced diet
  • Recognize the principles of cooking and food science
  • Recall the steps for preparing stocks, sauces and soups
  • List the basics for properly handling vegetables
  • Identify the structure of various meats and proper cooking techniques

Professional Cooking Part II

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify the various ways to prepare and cook fish and poultry 
  • Recognize the basic ways to create salads, sandwiches and breakfast foods
  • Recall the steps for cooking vegetarian meals and buffet presentation
  • List common baking principles and formulas for preparing breads and cakes
  • Identify the characteristics of cookies, pies and puddings

Professional Catering

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Recall the different methods and styles of catering
  • Identify steps for building a client base and engaging customers
  • List strategies for planning and managing an event
  • Choose methods for controlling risk and guiding employee behavior
  • Recognize conflict resolution strategies and basic human resource management principles

Principles of Marketing

After completing this course you should be able to:

  • Identify the marketing process and how it fits into business operations
  • Differentiate between categories of consumer criteria for determining value
  • Recall the strategies used within each of the marketing mixes
  • Recognize how to identify target markets and environments by analyzing demographics and consumer behavior
  • Describe best practices for responsible marketing and how to manage marketing efforts 

Microsoft Excel® 2019

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • List the basic range functions in Microsoft Excel 2019
  • Identify the correct use of formulas, worksheets, and workbooks
  • Recall how to create professional looking charts, tables, and graphics
  • Recognize how to import, use, and analyze data

Start Your Own Catering Business

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify the pros and cons of starting a catering business
  • List steps for creating a business plan and how to structure your company
  • Recognize marketing techniques and how to promote your catering business
  • Recall time management tips and event planning strategies 

Better Interpersonal Communication

After completion of this course you should be able to:

  • Recognize the basics and importance of verbal and nonverbal communication
  • Identify steps associated with the learning process and how to improve your listening skills
  • Recall types of personality styles and the perception process
  • List styles of conflict and what contributes to it


Professional Cooking Part I

Professional Cooking Module 1     
The Food Service Industry

  • History of Modern Food Service
  • Organization of Modern Kitchens
  • Standards of Professionalism
  • Sanitation
  • Food Hazards
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Food Handling and Storage
  • Preventing Injuries
  • Cooking Equipment
  • Measuring Devices

Professional Cooking Module 2   
Menus, Recipes and Nutrition

  • Menu Forms and Functions
  • Building the Menu
  • Measurement
  • Kitchen Math
  • Nutrients
  • Balanced Diets and Menus

Professional Cooking Module 3 
Principles of Cooking and Food Science

  • What is Heat?
  • Emulsions
  • Heat Management
  • Conventional Cooking Methods
  • Building Flavor Profiles
  • Using Herbs and Spices
  • Mise En Place
  • Using the Knife

Professional Cooking Module 4

  • Ingredients
  • Procedures
  • Reductions and Glazes
  • Convenience Bases

Professional Cooking Module 5   
Sauces and Soups

Sauce Structure
Sauce Families
Sauce Production
Understanding Soups
Clear Soups
Thickened Soups

Professional Cooking Module 6 

  • Controlling Texture Changes
  • Controlling Flavor Changes
  • General Rules of Vegetable Cookery
  • Handling Vegetables
  • Fresh Vegetables
  • Storage
  • Boiling and Steaming
  • Sauteing and Pan-Frying
  • Braising
  • Deep-Frying

Professional Cooking Module 7
Potatoes, Legumes, Pasta

  • Understanding Potatoes
  • Cooking Potatoes
  • Dried Legumes
  • Grains
  • Pasta
  • Noodles
  • Dumplings

Professional Cooking Module 8
Cooking Methods for Meat, Poultry, Fish

  • Roasting and Baking
  • Simmering and Submersion Poaching
  • Barbecuing
  • Pan-Frying
  • Steaming
  • Composition and Structure
  • Cooking and Handling Meats
  • Cooking Meats and Game

Professional Cooking Part II

Professional Cooking Module 9     
Poultry and Game Birds

  • Composition and Structure
  • Inspection and Grading
  • Classification and Market Forms
  • Handling
  • Storage
  • Doneness
  • Trussing Methods
  • Cutting Up Chicken
  • Roasting and Baking
  • Broiling and Grilling
  • Dressings and Stuffings

Professional Cooking Module 10
Fish and Seafood

  • Cutting Fish
  • Varieties of Fish
  • Shellfish
  • Mollusks
  • Cephalopods
  • Crustaceans
  • Miscellaneous Seafood
  • Cooking Approaches
  • Steaming
  • Seafood Served Raw

Professional Cooking Module 11
Dressings, Salads and Sandwiches

  • Oil and Vinegar Dressings
  • Emulsified Dressings
  • Other Types of Dressings
  • Ingredients in Salads
  • Arrangement and Presentation
  • Recipes and Techniques
  • Breads
  • Spreads
  • Fillings
  • Types of Sandwiches
  • Making Sandwiches

Professional Cooking Module 12
Hors d ’Oeuvres and Breakfast

  • Serving Hors d’Oeuvres
  • Canapes
  • Cocktails
  • Relishes
  • Dips
  • Cooking Eggs
  • Pancakes
  • Waffles
  • French Toast
  • Cereals
  • Breakfast Meats

Professional Cooking Module 13
Dairy and Cooking for Vegetarian Diets

  • Milk
  • Cream
  • Butter
  • Cheese
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Understanding Vegetarian Diets
  • Menus for Vegetarian Diets

Professional Cooking Module 14
Sausages, Cold Foods and Presentation

  • Curing
  • Smoking
  • Pates
  • Terrines
  • Aspic
  • Special Forcemeat Dishes
  • Hot Food Presentation
  • Cold Food Presentation
  • Buffet Arrangement
  • Buffet Appearance

Professional Cooking Module 15
Baking Principles

  • Formulas and Measurement
  • Mixing
  • Gluten Development
  • The Baking Process
  • Staling
  • Yeast Product Types
  • Steps in Yeast Dough Production
  • Dough Formulas and Techniques
  • Rolled-In Doughs
  • Makeup Techniques

Professional Cooking Module 16
Breads and Cakes

  • Quick Breads
  • Mixing and Production Methods
  • Formulas
  • Understanding Cake Making
  • Cake Formula Types
  • Baking
  • Cooling
  • Common Cake Faults
  • Altitude Adjustments
  • Scaling

Professional Cooking Module 17
Cookies, Pies and Puddings

  • Cooking Characteristics
  • Types and Makeup Methods
  • Panning
  • Assembly
  • Fillings
  • Puff Pastry
  • Éclair Paste
  • Meringues
  • Fruit Desserts
  • Custards
  • Frozen Desserts

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

Professional Catering

Professional Catering Module 1   
Introduction to Catering

  • Types of Catering
  • Catering Management
  • Catering Segments
  • On/Off-Premise Catering
  • The Caterer and the Client
  • Taking an Event
  • Safeguards
  • Corporate Catering
  • Cost and Profit Relationship
  • The Catering Market
  • Mission Statement
  • Growing the Business

Professional Catering Module 2    
Getting Started

  • Choosing Your Client          
  • Creating a Customer Base
  • Needs, Wants, Demands
  • Prospecting Strategies
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Types of Social Media
  • Engaging Customers
  • Standard Catering Website
  • The Seven Functions of Catering
  • Planning
  • Operations
  • Implementing         

Professional Catering Module 3    
The Catering Operation

  • Planning
  • The Menu
  • Barriers to Planning
  • Successful Business Plan
  • Operational Tasks
  • Recipes
  • Convenience Foods
  • Branded Menu Items
  • Organizing the Event
  • Catering Management Tasks
  • Purchasing
  • Ordering and Receiving

Professional Catering Module 4     
Catering Equipment

  • Equipment and Design Considerations
  • Utilities
  • Workstations
  • Procuring Catering Equipment
  • Professional Equipment Supplier
  • Consultants and Architects
  • Rental Services
  • Implementing
  • Employee-Supportive Culture
  • Service Styles
  • Uniforms
  • Room Arrangement

Professional Catering Module 5   
Control & Legalities

  • Controlling
  • Standard Operating Procedures
  • Guiding Employee Behavior
  • Cash Flow
  • Risk Management
  • Insurance
  • Legal Issues
  • Safety Committees
  • Beverage Management
  • Forming the Beverage Plan
  • Site Inspection
  • Beverage Packages

Professional Catering Module 6     

  • Conflict Resolution
  • Dimensions of Conflict
  • Principled Negotiation
  • People Skills
  • Sustainable Catering
  • Sustainable Business Practices
  • Sustainable Green Zones
  • Human Resources Management
  • Federal Employment Laws
  • Recruiting
  • Gathering Information and Interviewing
  • Collective Bargaining

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

Principles of Marketing

Principles of Marketing Module 1    
Marketing Fundamentals

  • What is Marketing and Value
  • The History of Marketing
  • Who Does Marketing?
  • Delivering Customer Value
  • Marketing Benefits Society
  • The Value Proposition
  • Strategic Planning
  • Developing Organizational Objectives
  • Strategic Portfolio Planning

Principles of Marketing Module 2
Consumer and Business Buying Behavior

  • Factors that Influence Consumers’ Buying Behavior
  • Stages in the Buying Process
  • The Marketing Process: Crucial to Business Operations
  • Situation Analysis
  • Characteristics of Business to Business Markets
  • B2B E-Commerce and Social Media Marketing
  • International B2B Markets and Ethics in B2B Markets

Principles of Marketing Module 3    
Market Segmenting, Targeting, and Positioning

  • Targeted Marketing VS. Mass Marketing
  • Segmenting and Targeting
  • How Markets are Segmented
  • Segmenting by Demographics
  • Segmenting by Geography
  • Selecting Target Markets
  • Choosing Number of Markets to Target
  • Positioning and Repositioning Offerings

Principles of Marketing Module 4
Product and Service Decisions

  • What Comprises an Offering?
  • Product, Price, and Service
  • Product-Dominant Approach
  • Service-Dominant Approach
  • Types of Consumer Offerings
  • Types of Business-to-Business Offerings
  • Branding, Labeling, and Packaging

Principles of Marketing Module 5
Offerings and Marketing Channels

  • New Offering Development Process
  • Managing Products over the Course of the Product Life Cycle
  • Marketing Channels and Channel Partners
  • Typical Marketing Channels
  • Functions Performed by Channel Partners
  • Distribution
  • Managing Inventory
  • Marketing Channel Strategies
  • Channel Dynamics

Principles of Marketing Module 6
Supply Chains

  • Outsourcing and Offshoring
  • Sourcing Strategies
  • Supply Chain
  • Product Tracking
  • Demand Planning
  • Inventory Control
  • Warehousing and Transportation
  • Track and Trace Systems

Principles of Marketing Module 7
Integrated Marketing Communications

  • Consumer Purchasing Behavior
  • Marketing Information Systems
  • Marketing Research and Market Intelligence
  • Integrated Marketing Communications
  • Promotion (Communication) Mix
  • Communication Process
  • Message Strategies
  • Advertising and Direct Marketing
  • Public Relations

Principles of Marketing Module 8
Digital Marketing and Professional Selling

  • Technological Factors
  • Email Marketing
  • E-Commerce Marketing
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Mobile Marketing
  • Professional Selling
  • Sales Metrics
  • Ethics in Sales and Sales Management
  • Outsourcing the Sales Function

Principles of Marketing Module 9
Customer Satisfaction and Price

  • Customer Satisfaction, Loyalty, and Empowerment
  • Ethics, Laws, and Customer Empowerment
  • Pricing Framework
  • Firm’s Pricing Objectives
  • Factors that Affect Pricing Decisions
  • Pricing Strategies
  • Product Costs
  • Price Adjustments

Principles of Marketing Module 10
The Marketing Plan

  • Marketing Planning Roles
  • Functions of a Marketing Plan
  • Budget
  • Forecasting
  • Ongoing Marketing Planning and Evaluation
  • The Marketing Audit
  • Basic Principles of Marketing: Putting It All Together

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

Microsoft Excel® 2019

Microsoft Excel® 2019 Module 1
Working with Ranges

In Excel, a range is a group of two or more cells that work together rather than separately.  The range is the basic function that makes Excel a powerful tool, and it is discussed in this module. We start by learning how to fill a range with values, move or copy them, and insert or delete them.  After that we discuss range names and how to use them.  We conclude by discussing how to format fonts, colors, alignments, numbers, column widths, row heights, and other range options.

  • Excel’s Ribbon User Interface
  • Data Entry
  • Cell Formatting
  • Working with Columns
  • Editing Workbooks

Microsoft Excel® 2019 Module 2
Getting Organized 

Once a range is populated and formatted, it’s time to do something with that data. In this module we discuss how to change page orientation, view your pages in Page Layout view, and how to print all or just some of your worksheets. We move on to discuss how to maintain and manipulate the worksheet, which is where you spend most time in Excel, then you will learn how worksheets and workbooks go together. We describe how to name your cells, find and replace information, and how to categorize and maintain multiple worksheets.

  • Previewing Pages
  • Printing
  • Maintaining the Worksheet
  • Multiple Worksheets
  • What-If Analyses

Microsoft Excel® 2019 Module 3
Tables, Charts, and Graphics 

Once you have your workbooks and worksheets created, it’s time to do something useful with your new tools. In this module we first discuss the purpose and multiple uses of Pivot tables. Then we dive into the basics of creating professional looking charts and graphics. Finally, we discuss how to set up and work with data lists in Excel, as well as how to link, automate, and share spreadsheets.

  • Pivot Tables
  • Working with Charts and Graphics
  • Creating Data Lists
  • Linking, Automating, and Sharing Spreadsheets

Microsoft Excel® 2019 Module 4
Using and Analyzing Data 

In the last module of this course, we explore the do’s and don’ts of working with Excel and we discover important skills required to use Excel successfully. We also discuss how to manage and maintain loads of data and we identify trends in your data.

  • Beginner Basics
  • Commandments of Excel
  • Managing Data
  • Analyzing Data

Start Your Own Catering Business

Start Your Own Catering Business Module 1
So You Think You Want to Be a Caterer?

In module one, we will look at the pros and cons of starting your own business.  Leaving the security of a job to start your own business can be scary, but in this module we will look at how working out of your home can be rewarding, especially since you are working in a career of your choice.  In module one we will also take a look at the different business structures available and which will best suit your needs. 

  • Starting as a Personal Chef
  • Working Out of Your Home
  • Outfitting Your Kitchen
  • How to Structure Your Business Plan
  • Writing a Business Plan

Start Your Own Catering Business Module 2
Proposals, Legal Advice, and Marketing

Before starting your own business, there are several must-do items to take care of. Module two discusses how an attorney can help your business succeed. You’ll also be introduced to how to price your first menus, how to bid and write a successful proposal, and techniques for sales and marketing.

  • Why You Need a Good Attorney
  • Insurance
  • How to Price Your First Menus
  • The Art of Bidding and Writing a Proposal
  • Sales and Marketing 

Start Your Own Catering Business Module 3
Selling Your Business and Crunching the Numbers

Get ready to define your niche!  In module three students will look at who their clients will be and what they need to do to promote their business.  Module three will point students towards good habits that will help their business succeed.  You’ll learn how to use photos and recipes to effectively sell your business, as well as invoicing, accounting, and making good use of your accountant.

  • Photos
  • Recipes
  • Accounting Systems
  • Invoicing
  • The Menu and Start-Up

Start Your Own Catering Company Module 4
Catering Menus and Pulling it Off with Ease

Module four will go over the final catering event and tips for organizing your time and setting up your party.  Students will review sample scheduling charts and time tables.  After the event caterers should identify their strengths and weaknesses with report cards from staff and clients.  Module four will discuss how to use this information to make improvements in their company. 

  • Organizing Your Time and the Party Setup
  • Report Cards from Staff and Clients
  • Solving Problems
  • Catering Menus
  • Quantity Recipes

Better Interpersonal Communication

Better Interpersonal Communication Module 1
Introduction to Communication

Because it’s such a commonplace activity, we usually don’t think about how we communicate too much. However, the power of effective, persuasive communication should never be underestimated. Your success in any number of settings—in your relationships, in school, on the job, and as a member of society— hinges on your ability to master the full communication process. Our first module discusses the basics of verbal and nonverbal communication, as well as uses and misuses.

  • Why We Communicate
  • Verbal Communication
  • Nonverbal Communication
  • Uses and Misuses
  • Cultural Differences and Language

Better Interpersonal Communication Module 2
Listening, Self-Esteem, and Self-Disclosure

Listening is the learned process of hearing, attending, evaluating, retaining, and responding to verbal and nonverbal messages. In this module we will learn more about each stage of the listening process: review both the benefits to listening, as well as the challenges to effective listening; and explore the ways in which you can improve your listening skills. We’ll also discuss the principles behind self-concepts and self-disclosure.

  • Listening Process
  • Benefits to Listening
  • Steps for Improving Your Listening Skills
  • Self-Concepts
  • Self-Disclosure

Better Interpersonal Communication Module 3
Personality Styles and Perception

Do you notice that you act in different ways around certain people? Perhaps you act inhibited around your supervisor, but you wish you could act confident like you do around your co-workers and other colleagues. In other situations, you act polite and deferential around acquaintances, but may wish you could act more sociable like you do around your friends. In this module, we’ll discuss how personality styles effect communication as well as the perception process. Finally, we’ll explore the basics behind defense mechanisms.

  • How Does Personality Style Effect Communication?
  • Physiological and Psychological Factors of Perception
  • Challenges to the Perception Process
  • What is Defensiveness?
  • Defense Mechanisms

Better Interpersonal Communication Module 4  
Conflict and Electronic Communication

Interpersonal conflict occurs in interactions where there are real or perceived incompatible goals, scarce resources, or opposing viewpoints. We’ll discuss types of conflict and conflict styles in our final module, as well as characteristics of electronic communication.

  • What is Conflict and What Contributes to It?
  • Types of Conflict
  • Conflict Styles
  • What is Electronic Communication?
  • Characteristics and Misuses of Electronic Communication

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The move away from physical books to eTextbooks means you get the latest, most up-to-date version available. This also makes your training more accessible, so you can study anywhere you have your phone or tablet. The best part is that all materials are included in your training cost so there are NO extra fees for books!**

*A few courses still have physical materials.

Professional Catering

Upon successful completion of our Professional Catering course, students will be prepared for an entry-level position in the field and to sit for the NCCB national certification exam to become a Certified Catering Associate (CCA).

** Certification exams are not included in the cost of the course.**

Internet Connection

  • Broadband or High-Speed - DSL, Cable, and Wireless Connections

*Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Classroom pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.

Hardware Requirements

  • Processor - 2GHz Processor or Higher
  • Memory - 1 GB RAM Minimum Recommended


PC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Windows 7 or higher
  • Microsoft Office 2013 or higher. Also, you could use a general Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers - Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • The Kindle Reader App or VitalSource Bookshelf App are needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • QuickTime, Windows Media Player &/or Real Player


MAC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Mac OS x 10 or higher with Windows
  • Mac office programs or a Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers- Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • The Kindle Reader App or VitalSource Bookshelf App are needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • Apple QuickTime Media Player