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The Culinary Academy of Las Vegas Food & Beverage Classes

Food & Beverage

Our 12 vocational training programs are licensed by the Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education. Our 35 employer partners from the Las Vegas Strip consider a CALV certificate of completion equivalent to one year of job experience. Eligible Culinary Union Local 226 and Bartenders Union Local 165 members qualify for free training as part of their union benefits package.

Bar Porter

Students learn how to clean, maintain, and handle all bar equipment for which they are responsible, how to properly handle chemicals, local alcohol laws and regulations, and how to use bar tools and utensils.

Length: 51 hours

Schedule: Monday – Friday, 11:00am to 1:30pm; or
                   Monday – Friday, 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Program Requirements: Minimum age 21-years-old; valid driver’s license/state ID, Social Security card, Food Handler Safety Training card, Alcohol Awareness card; must be able to communicate effectively in English or complete VESOL or ESL class, as recommended

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Bar Apprentice

This program builds off of the material covered in the Bar Porter program. Students review sanitation and customer service standards and learn about employer expectations, drink recipes, cash handling, and different types of alcohol.

Length: 66 hours

Schedule: Monday – Friday, 11:00am to 1:30pm; or
                   Monday – Friday, 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Program Requirements: Minimum age 21-years-old; valid driver’s license/state ID, Social Security card, Food Handler Safety Training card, Alcohol Awareness card; six (6) months of experience as a bus person, food server, cocktail server, and/or bar porter (waived with completion of CALV Bar Porter training program); must be able to communicate effectively in English

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Wine Server

Students learn the basics of wine, wine history, tasting, wine and food pairing, and serving, and gain the tools for achieving guest satisfaction. This program serves as a prerequisite for the Sommelier program.

Length: 94 hours

Schedule: Monday and Tuesday, 8:00am to 10:30am

Program Requirements: Minimum age 21-years-old; valid driver’s license/state ID, Social Security card, Food Handler Safety Training card, Alcohol Awareness card; six (6) months of experience as a bus person, food server, cocktail server, bar porter, and/or bartender (waived with completion of CALV Bar Apprentice training program); must be able to communicate effectively in English

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Sommelier

this program builds off of the material covered in the Wine Server program. This course is designed to focus on specific units of instruction, such as new-world wines and old-world wines. Students gain extensive instruction and authentic practical experience for those desiring to be a Sommelier.

Length: 220 hours

Schedule: Wednesday and Thursday, 8:00am to 10:30am

Program Requirements: Minimum age 21-years-old; valid driver’s license/state ID, Social Security card, Food Handler Safety Training card, Alcohol Awareness card; must pass proficiency exam (waived with completion of CALV Wine Server training program); must be able to communicate effectively in English

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For more information on these programs, come to orientation any Monday at 10am, Wednesday at 2pm, or Friday at 10am.

Due to COVID-19 safety guidelines, attendance is limited and registration is required.

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