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Bartending and Mixology

Get the training you need to grow an exciting bartending and mixology career in a fast-paced industry.

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
15 Weeks
Certificate of Professional Studies

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The bar and restaurant industry in Canada needs skilled bartenders and mixologists to meet growing demand. 

This program is for both those beginning a career as a bartender or who are currently working as an entry level bartender and would like to build the skills to manage a bar within a food and beverage operation. 

You become familiar with a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage products, tools and equipment, as well as trends in the bar industry. You’ll also learn how to develop, cost, and manage beverage menus, the ins and outs of bar operations, and the values required for a healthy and sustainable food and beverage sector workforce.

You learn how to:  

  • Apply regulations and legislation related to the Nova Scotia Food Service industry such as Responsible Beverage Service.
  • Maintain a high standard of sanitation and safe food handling practices.
  • Incorporate social responsibility, sustainable food management practices, as well as health and wellness strategies into bartending practices.
  • Apply strategies and practices to achieve customer service excellence in bar operations.
  • Discuss the history, evolution and current trends of spirits, wines, beers, refreshments, liqueurs and cocktails as they relate to industry innovation and growth.
  • Advise customers regarding beverage choices.
  • Design, prepare and serve a wide assortment of mixed beverages.
  • Discuss diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility practices for bar operations.
  • Design a profitable beverage menu for a bar.
  • Safely use bar equipment, tools and storage systems to execute efficient service.

Choose NSCC

  • A first-of-its-kind training program in Nova Scotia, NSCC’s Bartending and Mixology Certificate gives you the skills you need for a wide range of careers in the bar and restaurant industry.
  • Small class sizes provide you with lots of opportunities for one-on-one interaction and support. 

Other info

  • Experiential learning, the process of learning through experience, is a cornerstone of this program, and you will have many opportunities to practice hands-on skills during the courses.
  • This face-to-face program is made up of 3–30-hour courses that will be delivered every Monday from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m over 15 weeks at the Akerley Campus.


  • Classes for this program are held every Monday from 4:00 - 8:00 pm at the Akerley Campus.

September 2023

Campus Full time/part time Delivery Availability
Akerley Campus
Part time In person Delivered in-person. Some courses may have online elements.
Seats available

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma (or equivalent) 
  • Applicants must be 19 years of age or older before classes begin.
    • International students – High School Diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details.

Program requirements

  • A willingness to work with and taste alcoholic products.


Tuition amounts are for the 2022-23 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional. 2023-24 tuition will be announced in the late Spring.

Tuition (Domestic):
Tuition (International):

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking. 

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that amounts on these pages are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Career options

  • Graduates from the Bartending and Mixology Certificate of Professional Studies program may find employment as bartenders and mixologists in all areas of the hospitality industry, including restaurants, pubs, and bars; hotels, resorts, and cruise ships; events, catering, and festivals; craft beverage operations; and sales.

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