What is the Food Service Officer Course?

Aim of the Course

The aim of the course is to provide underpinning knowledge, skills and competencies required for a Logistics Officer to operate as Food Services Officers. The course is designed to equip a Logistics Officer with the professional competencies necessary to operate the food services function at Area/Brigade level in both peace and war. Students will be required to do research and study in their own time. The Food Hygiene and Nutrition modules include highly specialised terminology on bacteriological and physiological issues, which will require pre-reading.

Facilitated by IDT(A).

Entry Standards

  • Lieutenant (OF-1) to Captain (OF-2).
  • IELTS level 7.
  • Should be IT literate preferably with knowledge of MS Office (Version 4.2), Word (Version 6), Excel (Version 5) and PowerPoint (Version 4).
  • Be numerate.
  • Have general knowledge of the logistical function.
  • Fit to Handle Food certificate (should not be a carrier of a food borne disease).
  • An understanding of UK Food and Safety legislation is desired.


Eight (8) months, with one (1) course per year.


The Defence College of Logistics, Policing and Administration based at Worthy Down Campus near Winchester in Hampshire (DCLPA Worthy Down).

Outline of Course

  • Hands on experience: Victualling and Cookery.
  • Food Supply and Catering Accounting.
  • The management of Unit Messing, and food supply systems for peacetime and operational.
  • The development of competencies required by a SO3 Log Sp/Bde Food Service Officer, this includes auditing and contract management.
  • 8 weeks delivered by Swansea Institute where students may gain a Post Graduate Diploma in Logistic Management.

The Institute modules consist of:·

  • Contracts Management.
  • Facilities Management.
  • Finance and Budget Management.
  • Diploma in Nutrition.
  • Human Resource Management.
  • ISO 9000:2000 Series Auditor/Lead Auditor.
  • Food Logistics.

Qualifications Gained

  • Advanced Food Hygiene Certificate.
  • HASAW 74 Manager Certificate.

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