Vocational Qualification in Restaurant and Catering Services

Tampere Vocational College Tredu offers restaurant and catering service studies in English. This program provides diverse skills for cooking, serving, sales and customer service roles. Studying in multicultural groups, attending in the international student exchanges and projects will prepare you for tasks in the international restaurant and catering industry.

Vocational Qualification in Restaurant and Catering Services graduates are able to plan and carry out food preparation or customer service tasks and work in sales in the catering sector. They work profitably and productive in a sales-minded, customer service orientated and quality conscious manner, while operating in compliance with hygiene requirements and sustainable operating practices.

The students may specialize in waitering or cooking tasks according to one’s interest.

Next application period for studies

Waiter and Waitress: 22.2.2022-22.3.2022

Cook: Spring 2023

Content of the degree

The scope of the Vocational Qualification in Restaurant and Catering Services is 180 competence points. The qualification is composed of vocational units (145 competence points) and common units (35 competence points).

Check out the Requirements of Vocational Qualification in Restaurant and Catering Services at the site of Finnish National Agency for Education

The vocational qualification in Restaurant and Catering Services has two competence areas:

  • competence area of customer service (waiter/waitress) and
  • competence area of food services (cook).

The preliminary selection of the competence area will be done in the application document. In this program, you can learn more Finnish if needed, or focus on foreign languages. Tredu provides perfect facilities for training at the college’s own lunch restaurant Elmeri and cafeteria Eevi, before the on-the-job periods in Finland or abroad.

Do double examination

It is possible to prepare for the national matriculation examinations during the studies and combine the general upper secondary education with this in five subjects (Finnish, English, Swedish, Mathematics, Social studies or Health Education). These studies are carried out during daytime, the teaching language is Finnish.


Waiters and waitresses are experts in customer service, who truly enjoy working with people. They have a pivotal role in maintaining customer satisfaction, while working in versatile roles in the restaurant industry. During studies, students acquire an understanding of serving methods and learn about sales and customer service. The acquired skills are immediately put to practice at our campus cafeteria and at the campus restaurant, while additional in-depth learning is gained through work experience during on-the job learning periods at various local restaurants, cafés and other businesses.

Our students also acquire alcohol and hygiene passports as part of their studies.

A waiter/waitress who has completed the qualification knows how to:

  • work in customer service tasks at restaurants with different business ideas or missions or in public sector units
  • tidy customer facilities and display products to be sold
  • present, sell, and serve food and beverages.

Common job opportunities include:
Cafés, restaurants, pubs, night clubs, fast food, staff canteens, transport stations and catering or tourism service companies and various institutions.

Requirements for student selection

  • Qualification equivalent to Finnish basic Education of nine years
  • Good command of English
  • Basic knowledge of Finnish (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages level A1.3)

The education is targeted at people living in Finland or EU applicants. Please note! This program is intended for adult applicants (age 18+).

How to apply

Fill out the application form in Opintopolku. Please attach all relevant documents regarding language level and previous education with your application (basic education certificate and any other relevant previous education certificates translated into English or Finnish).

Eligible applicants will be interviewed during and after the application period either live at Tredu Santalahdentie 10, Tampere, Finland or via Microsoft Teams. The results of student selection will be announced on the 17th of June, 2022. The studies begin on 3rd of August, 2022.

Further information

Pete Makkonen, Guidance Councelor
e-mail: Pete.Makkonen@tampere.fi
tel +358 40 776 6322