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Culinary Tour Operator Certification


Available to all eligible food and beverage tour operators anywhere in the world.

Course Description

Food tours are all the rage. Travelers are demanding more and more of them, and companies are rushing to meet the demand. However, not all companies are well prepared to plan and deliver successful food or beverage tours. There are myriad factors that can make a good tour great, and others that can ruin a tour. You need to know about all these factors to increase your chances of success. This certification prepares you and your culinary tour company to plan and deliver any kind of food or beverage tour. Suitable company types include food tours, gourmet tours, special diet tours (vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, etc.), chocolate tours, cheese tours, farm tours, wine tours, beer tours, distillery tours, cider tours, juice tours and food/drink production factory tours. Suitable for companies offering tours of any duration, from a couple of hours to a couple of weeks.

The certification is relevant for different types of tours and tour companies as well, including receptive/inbound tours; international tours; local and regional tours; city tours; country tours; corporate tours; and other sectors like adventure but which offer a quality food/beverage experience. Available to all food and beverage tour operators anywhere in the world.


In order to enroll in this certification program, you need either to be working for, or planning to work for, a culinary tour company in capacity as owner, manager, product developer or marketer. You must also be licensed as a tour operator in the area where you intend to operate culinary tours. And lastly, you must have appropriate insurance in place as a culinary tour operator by the time you finish your certification training. You will be asked to provide evidence of this eligibility.

Course Features

  • Training Videos
  • Quizzes
  • Comprehensive Essay Application
  • English language with closed caption English-language subtitles
  • Total learning time should not normally exceed 3 hours
  • Completion Certification
  • Once signing up, you’ll have 30 calendar days to complete the certification

What You Get After Graduating

  • Completion Certificate (print yourself and frame for your office)

  • Certified Culinary Tour Operator listing on our website (See Certified Culinary Tourist Guide page for example)

  • A larger version of the digital badge below for your website:

Here is the course outline:

1. Getting Started

Here is what you can expect during your certification training.

2. Food Tourism for Culinary Tour Operators, Part 1

First training video.

3. Food Tourism for Culinary Tour Operators, Part 2

Second training video.

4. Optional Resources & Downloads

Additional resources to round out your learning experience.

5. Knowledge Test

Required knowledge test

6. Essay Interview

Required essay interview

7. Publicity and Marketing

If you'd like us to promote your certification, please complete this section. This is YOUR chance to get noticed!

8. Program Review

How did we do?


The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Certificate of completion
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