Diploma in Food and Beverage Service

The apprenticeship for a diploma in Food & Beverage Service generally takes 3 years and can be undertaken in various catering segments, such as restaurants, hotels and guest houses, but also in cafés and other facilities that include service, such as casinos. This apprenticeship teaches you all aspects of service and how to advise customers on selecting drinks and food from the menu. Candidates with a diploma in food and beverage service may work in floor/room service within a hotel, or may choose to expand their options to include special conferences in the hospitality sector.

Educational requirements

  • Equivalent to German “mittlere Reife” (approx. intermediate secondary certificate)
  • Ability to work in a team and good communication skills
  • Good manners
  • Ability to grasp new concepts quickly
  • Talent for sales and organization

Length of apprenticeship

  • 3 years


  • Act as host to hotel guests
  • Serve food and beverages
  • Organize service processes
  • Decorate rooms and tables
  • Organize events and festivities
  • Prepare offers
  • Deploy accounting systems
  • Professional knowledge of food and beverage service skills

Vocational training college

  • 1 / 2 days a week or block release

Career prospects

Successful candidates with a diploma in Food and Beverage Service can work in restaurants and bars and work their way up from commis de rang to floor manager, restaurant manager or business manager (F&B Manager). They also have excellent prospects in other areas of hospitality, such as banquet and event management or are equipped with the skills to independently manage a restaurant or bar.

Further training options

  • Masters degree (Restaurant Management)
  • Fachwirt im Gastgewerbe (IHK) (Certified Catering Specialist)
  • Hotel management school (State-Certified Restaurateur or Degree in Business Management)
  • Special further training, e.g. as sommelier or bar keeper
  • Stays abroad
  • Professional seminars
  • Foreign language courses

Schloss Steinburg
Hotel und Weinrestaurant e.K.
Mittlerer Steinbergweg 100
97080 Würzburg am Main

Telefon +49 931 9 70 20
Fax +49 931 9 71 21
E-mail: hotel@steinburg.com