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Vocational

DVS Service de la restauration – 5293

ITHQ Signature program

Service de la restauration gastronomique

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Are you passionate about the world of service and gastronomy, and dream of making it your reality? This program will enable you to acquire high-end food and beverage service techniques in the dining room.

Admission

Mid-January to March 1
September 15 to November 1

Course start date

August
January

Duration

10 months full-time
(1 124 h)

Format

In-person

Schedule

Full-time

Language of instruction

French

Compulsory internships

Yes

Diploma

Diploma of Vocational Studies (DVS)

Overview

This training course will teach you to deliver exceptional table service and customer experience. It will make you an accomplished waitress or waiter, ready to work in the best restaurants in Québec or anywhere else in the world.

Key elements of the program

  • Intensive program leading to a DVS in Service de la restauration in less than a year
  • Skills enrichment of analytical tasting and butler competencies
  • Two internship placements, which may be abroad, depending on the student’s profile
  • Visits to high-end restaurants
  • Action learning in the ITHQ’s restaurants
  • Experienced and passionate instructors

Acquire all your high-end service basics in less than a year!

What you will learn
The art of high-end service

  • Proper self-presentation
  • Elements of exceptional customer service: courtesy, discretion, active listening and discernment
  • Analytical tasting
  • Ability to explain menus and wine lists
  • Serving food, wine and beverages in accordance with the state of the art 
  • Dexterity, coordination, attention to detail, memory and planning of movements
  • Teamwork, time and stress management

Partners

Program structure and courses

Duration and schedule

  • Program starting in the fall and winter of each year 
  • Spread over 10 months on a full-time basis (2 course sessions and 2 internships)
  • Includes a total of 2 105 hours, including 1 200 hours of coursework and 210 hours of compulsory internships
  • Daytime courses and practical applications in the evening

  • 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.

Hands-on experience

Compulsory internships:

  • 3-week unpaid end-of-program internship (105 hours) in Québec, Canada or abroad depending on the student profile
  • Paid or rewarded (depending on the destination) 3-week internship (105 hours) in a high-end establishment in Québec, Canada or abroad

Practical applications:

  • Practical courses at the ITHQ’s restaurants
  • Participation in competitions and various gastronomic activities

Internships are compulsory to obtain the ITHQ Signature certificate.

Diploma

  • Diploma of Vocational Studies (DVS) in Service de la restauration from the Ministère de l’Éducation du Québec
  • ITHQ Signature certificate in Service de la restauration gastronomique
  • Food Handler certification in hygiene and food safety from the Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation du Québec
  • Attestation of completion of the Éduc’alcool Action Service program

Looking to expand your learning?

  • This program is complementary to the AVS in sommelier training, which is currently under development and will be offered in Fall 2025.
  • To find out when registration for AVS in sommelier training is available, sign up now for our callback list.

All students are required to follow certain basic rules regarding professional image.

Admission

Admission application periods

Québec and Canadian applicants

Mid-January to March 1 (course start date in August)

September 15 to November 1 (course start date in January

International students

2 novembre au 1er février (début des cours en août)

March 2 to June 1 (course start date in January)

To be eligible for this program, you must: 

  • Have a Secondary School Diploma (SSD) or equivalent education, OR
  • Be at least 16 years of age and have successfully completed your Secondary 3rd French (or English, if you studied in English), Second Language (English or French, as the case may be) and Mathematics courses, or equivalent education.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in both oral and written French. Refer to the Required Language proficiency page for more details.

Experience in the restaurant services industry is an asset.

Selection interview

If your application file is eligible, you will be invited to a selection interview, which will take place either in person or remotely, depending on your place of residence.

In-person interview dates for Canadian applicants:

  • Programs starting in Winter 2025: Wednesday, November 27 and Thursday, November 28, 2024
  • Programs starting in Fall 2025: Wednesday, April 9; Thursday, April 10 and Friday, April 11, 2025

Required documents

  • Applicants must meet all of the requirements of their chosen program and provide all required documents. Incomplete or late admission application files 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.

Important

The ITHQ will accept only one application per applicant for its vocational training programs. Although the SRAM admission platform allows you to submit up to 3 applications, only your 1st choice of program will be considered. Your 2nd or 3rd choice will automatically be rejected.

  • Complete transcripts of university-level studies, including obtained diplomas and certificates, if applicable
  • Work certificates attesting to work experience relevant to the program, if applicable
  • Birth certificate
  • Grades 10, 11 and 12 transcripts
  • Complete transcripts for any subsequent years of study, if applicable
  • Diploma(s) obtained
  • Proof of language proficiency in French (language test result or proof of exemption)
  • Work certificates attesting to work experience relevant to the program, if applicable
  • Birth certificate
  • Canadian citizenship certificate OR permanent resident card
  • Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ), if applicable
  • Complete transcripts for the last 3 years of high school (equivalent to grade 9, 10 and 11)
  • Complete transcripts for any subsequent years of study, if applicable
  • Diploma(s) obtained
  • Proof of language proficiency in French (language test result or proof of exemption)
  • Work certificates attesting to work experience relevant to the program, if applicable
  • Birth certificate
  • Complete transcripts for the last 3 years of high school (equivalent to grade 9, 10 and 11)
  • Complete transcripts for any subsequent years of study, if applicable
  • Diploma(s) obtained
  • Proof of language proficiency in French (language test result or proof of exemption)
  • Work certificates attesting to work experience relevant to the program, if applicable

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

An exciting and rewarding job

Working in the service industry will allow you to dive head first into the world of gastronomy, meet enriching people and develop interpersonal skills that will serve you throughout your life. In addition to being an exciting and rewarding profession, being a waiter or a waitress is one of the best ways to earn a living in the restaurant business, even at the start of your career.

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