Culinary Arts and Hospitality Continuing Education

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Become a bartender or improve your bartending skills. Gain mastery in cocktail preparation and techniques as well as how to recommend wine. Learn industry recipes, vernacular, product usage, sanitation, bar set-up, customer service, etiquette, garnishes, and frozen drink preparation. Become RASP/TIPS/BARS certified and gain a fundamental knowledge of NC ABC laws and regulations. While open to beginners, this course also serves as a refresher for bartenders wanting to fortify their skills. Colored water is used in class. Students must be 21 years old. 15 hours. $89

Please use the Continuing Education Registration form when registering for this course. (online enrollment not available)

52465 Th 6/2–7/7 6:30–9 p.m. OCC 201 May 27 registration deadline
52463 T 6/7–7/12 6–9 p.m. CEC 611 May 31 registration deadline

ServSafe (Food Safety Training)

ServSafe is a nationally recognized food safety and sanitation training program. It is designed for experienced food service employees and managers who need to comply with local and state health department requirements for food manager/food handler certification or recertification. Key topics include contamination and food-borne illnesses; food protection; HACCP; cleaning, sanitizing, and accident prevention. ServSafe Manager Book, Revised 6th edition, (English, with Answer Key for Paper and Pencil), ISBN 978-0133908374, is the required textbook and must be brought to the first class. It can be purchased online at or at the Durham Tech bookstore. 16 hours. $74

52461 Sat 6/4–6/25 9 a.m.–1 p.m. CEC 602 May 27 registration deadline

START Careers in Hotel and Lodging

Developed by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI), the START program provides students with real-world knowledge and skills needed for a long-term career in the lodging industry. START (Skills, Tasks, and Results Training) provides training for all divisions of a lodging operation, including front desk, reservations, housekeeping, bell services, restaurant service, banquet setup, and more. This is the only hospitality training curriculum endorsed by the American Hotel & Lodging Association, and is supported by its network of more than 10,000 hotel owners. Students who successfully complete the START program may earn up to six industry-recognized and portable professional certifications. Students may qualify for a 40-hour externship that will connect them directly with local employers. For more information view the frequently asked questions. 210 hours. $505.35

Read about the program: START Class Prepares Students for Careers in Durham, North Carolina’s New Hotels and Durham Tech showcases impact of hotel industry

This program qualifies for Financial Assistance.

52459 M-Th 5/16–8/11 9 a.m.–2:30 p.m. CEC 602 May 11 registration deadline

Learn more about START in this video!