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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.

Bus Person

Students learn how to properly provide table greets, give exceptional customer service, clean dining areas in accordance with Southern Nevada Health District regulations, and maintain a positive attitude while performing daily job responsibilities. Students gain applied learning experience supporting the Westside Bistro, Culinary Arts Catering & Events, and other approved partner locations.

Length: 133 hours

Schedule: Monday – Friday, 8:00am to 11:00am
In conjunction with their set schedule, students are strongly encouraged to participate in additional training opportunities

Program Requirements: Minimum age 18-years-old; valid driver’s license/state ID, Social Security card; must be able to communicate effectively in English or complete Vocational English class, as recommended

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Food Server

Students learn how to serve food and wine, handle cash and credit cards, operate a point of sale system, set tables, greet customers, answer questions about the menu, utilize suggestive selling techniques, recognize dining room etiquette, provide exceptional customer service, and follow Southern Nevada Health District regulations. Students gain applied learning experience supporting the Westside Bistro, during Culinary Arts Catering & Events, and other approved partner locations.

Length: 173 hours

Schedule: Monday – Friday, 8:00am to 11:00am
In conjunction with their set schedule, students are strongly encouraged to participate in additional training opportunities

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 (waived with completion of CALV Bus Person training program)

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Fountain Worker/Barista

Students learn how to successfully be employed in a quick-service or self-service restaurant, operate a point of sale system, greet customers, provide exceptional customer service, handcraft coffee, espresso and tea drinks, follow Southern Nevada Health District regulations, and be able to maintain a positive attitude while performing daily job duties. Students gain applied learning experience supporting 500 Grand Cafe and other approved partner locations.

Length: 101 hours

Schedule: Monday – Friday, 7:00am to 10:30am
In conjunction with their set schedule, students are strongly encouraged to participate in additional training opportunities

Program Requirements: Minimum age 18-years-old; valid driver’s license/state ID, Social Security card, Food Handler Safety Training card

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For more information on these programs, come to orientation any Wednesday at 10am.

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

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