Beverage Management Certificate

Take your culinary arts career to the next level by learning how to plan a successful beverage operation, including regulatory requirements, employee training, and merchandising of beverages. Examine history of the craft beer industry, basic beer making, types, styles and distributors. Immerse yourself in the history and service techniques of the wine industry.

After completing this certificate, you'll be able to:

  • Explain the history of wine culture and wine making
  • Demonstrate how to properly taste and select alcohol for a variety of menus
  • Develop a bar layout and create a cocktail and beverage menu to complement food
  • Design tasting menus and food pairings for a variety of alcohol choices

Contact (815) 479-7511 with specific questions about this program.

(in-district) Total Amount: $3,125.5

Credit Hours to Complete: 18

Weeks to Complete: 32

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What you need to know about getting your Beverage Management Certificate (CIP 12.0504)

Total Beverage Management Certificate Costs
Cost in-district out-of-district out-of-state international
Tuition $2,187 $5,924.7 $8,329.14 $8,329.14
Additional Costs $938.5 $938.5 $938.5 $938.5
Program Total $3,125.5 $6,863.2 $9,267.64 $9,267.64

What makes MCC's Beverage Management Certificate program better than, or distinct from, similar programs at other institutions?

  • MCC has worked closely with restaurant owners, managers, and hospitality-related businesses in the district to develop a curriculum to address the type of skill sets that they need to develop to fill vacant positions. These advisory board members have consistently advised of the need for advanced alcohol service training and hospitality management training.
  • Many of the classes required for this certificate are stackable into our culinary or pastry AAS degrees.
  • The college has partnered with Woodstock North High School and Crystal Lake South High School to offer dual credit opportunities where appropriate.
  • The certificate program includes experience in the back of the house and front of the house for both baking and culinary disciplines. MCC is one of the few culinary programs to have both a student-run bakery and a restaurant.
  • Our culinary certificates lead to transfer opportunities in hospitality management programs that offer bachelor’s degrees.
    • MCC has articulation agreements for hospitality programs with Southern Illinois University and guaranteed admission agreements with Northern Illinois University, and Roosevelt University.

What job opportunities are available to someone with an Beverage Management Certificate?

The Chicagoland metropolitan area supports, and is expected to continue to support, the need for a significant number of people in hospitality-related careers.

Outside the Classroom

In addition to standard coursework, you have the opportunity to enroll in a working classroom via Tartan Bistro, our student-run restaurant, and Sweet Scots, our student-run bakery. With department chair permission, you may also apply to be paid interns in either the student-run bakery or restaurant.

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Semesters to complete assumes students are taking a full-time credit load of 12 credits per semester (the minimum required for federal financial aid).

Proportion of students completing in normal time is the percentage of completers who earned the credential within the specified time of their first enrollment at the College.

Students attending part-time or changing their program of study are two common reasons why they may not complete in "normal" time.

Tuition and fees are set by the Board of Trustees. Prices for books and supplies are subject to change.

See additional information about international student costs.