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ITHQ Service de bar 010.CS

Service de bar

Are you passionate about the world of cocktails and spirits and enjoy working with the public? A career behind the bar may be the perfect opportunity for you!


June 2 to August 15
November 2 to January 10

Course start date



2 months part-time (80 h)





Language of instruction


Compulsory internships



ITHQ Attestation


Recognized and appreciated by employers for over 30 years, this training course will give you the keys to a passionate profession. Classic cocktails preparation, stock and customer management, professional attitudes and customer service: thanks to this program, you will learn the necessary rules of the art to become an exceptional bartender. 

Program key elements

  • ITHQ exclusive training 
  • Part-time program
  • Action learning in the ITHQ bar workshop
  • Action Service certificate from Éduc’alcool included in the training 
  • Experienced and passionate instructors

Negroni, martini, daiquiri… learn all the classics!

What you will learn
Mix, shake, serve

  • Preparation and service of classic drinks and cocktails
  • Principles of modern mixology
  • Presentation of the components of a beverage menu
  • Sanitation rules and safety measures
  • Responsible service of alcoholic beverages
  • Elements of exceptional customer service: : order taking, recommendations, communication and professionalism
  • Stock management
  • Inventory, mise en place and closing

Program structure and courses

Duration and schedule

  • Program starting in the fall and winter of each year 
  • Spread over 8 weeks on a part-time basis
  • Includes a total of 80 hours of coursework, offered in the evening

Course dates

Fall 2024From September 4 to October 23
Mondays and Tuesdays, 6 to 11 p.m.
Winter 2025Upcoming dates

  • Schedule, dates and course order are subject to change.
  • The ITHQ reserves the right to cancel a course or program if there are insufficient registrations to justify its offering. In such cases, program and registration fees will be refunded in full.

Dress code

  • Professional uniforms (black shirt, black pants, black shoes and black tie, available from the supplier of your choice) must be worn at all times.
  • A black apron will be provided by the ITHQ.
  • All students must comply to basic rules in regards to professional image.


  • ITHQ attestation in Service de bar
  • Attestation of completion of the Éduc’alcool Action Service program


Admission application periods

Québec and Canadian applicants

June 2 to August 15 (course start date in Fall)

November 2 to January 10 (course start date in Winter)

International applicants

June 2 to August 15 (course start date in Fall)

November 2 to January 10 (course start date in Winter)

Admission requirements

To be eligible for this program, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age before the course start date
  • Be fluent in oral and written French

  • Spots are limited to 16 students per group.
  • Applications are selected on a first come, first served basis according to the date of receipt of the admission application. 
  • In the event that the program is full, you will be able to add your name to a waiting list.

International applicants

Admission to this program is conditional on obtaining or possessing a valid status in Canada (visitor’s visa, study permit, work permit, visitor’s record, etc.) for the duration of the program.

Please note that it is not possible to obtain a study permit for this program. In addition, the ITHQ does not provide a letter of invitation for a temporary resident visa (TRV). For more information, we invite you to consult the website of the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI).

Required documents

  • Birth certificate
  • Proof of photo identification (passport or driver’s license)

  • Applicants must meet all of the requirements of their chosen program and provide all required documents. Incomplete or late admission application file will be considered ineligible.
  • In order for your file to be considered complete, be sure to upload legible copies of all official documents required by your status in PDF format. 
  • Documents that are not in French or English must be accompanied by an official translation in French or English.

Costs and financial aid

Program fees

Use the program fee calculator to find out about the costs of this program.

Financial aid and scholarships

Looking for financial support for your study project? Find out about the different options available to you.  

Future prospects

A rewarding and stimulating career

It’s no secret that making a very good living working in the bar industry is possible. With a solid training and experience, you could not only aim for positions in prestigious institutions, but also for international employment opportunities.



Any questions?

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or toll-free at 1-800-361-5111, ext. 5110

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