Food Truck Operator, Continuing Education Workforce Certificate

A food truck operator is responsible for the daily operations of a food truck or trailer, going to various locations to cook, serve, and sell food. The operator will plan and price the menu, market the business, manage expenses, and follow local and state food handling regulations.​

This program features courses that will provide the skills needed to start and operate a food truck business. Students will develop a concept for a food truck business; conduct market research and menu planning; determine service style; calculate cost of goods sold, expenses, and break-even analysis; determine, layout and design; develop a marketing plan; learn HACCP plan basics, and licensing, permitting, and insurance needs. Upon successful completion of the in-class exam, students may obtain their Misspelled WordServSafe ® Manager certification.

​Students entering this program should have good planning and organizational skills, strong customer service skills, strong oral communication skills, strong interpersonal skills, and good problem solving skills​.

​Jobs operating a  food truck can be founds in small or large restaurants or restaurant groups, or students may start their own business​. ​ Additional career information may be found in Career Coach:

Program objectives

Upon successful completion of this Continuing Education Workforce Certificate, students will be able to:
1. describe how to start a food truck business in Maryland,
2. discuss guidelines for legally operating a food truck,
3. describe how to set menu prices and break even points,
4. explain how foodservice costs affect profitability,
5. describe budgeting and forecasting methods,
6. develop a basic plan to market and promote the food truck business, and
7. earn ServSafe ® Manager certification.

CCBC Pathway

Business Pathway - Pathways are designed to help you meet your academic and career goals by aligning related courses and programs.  Pathway students participate in a variety of activities that help explore career opportunities in their field of study.  You can meet with a CCBC advisor who help align — or realign — your educational plan with the Pathway that best supports you and your goals.

Program Credentials

​Students will be awarded a Continuing Education Workforce Certificate and will have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript).

External Credential: ServSafe Manager Certification.  National Restaurant Educational Foundation

Financial Aid and Payment Options

We offer financial aid by packaging public and private funding options to those who qualify, in select Continuing Education courses and programs. Additional opportunities for financial support include partial payment options through Nelnet Business Solutions and tuition waivers for those who qualify. Resources outside of CCBC may also be available through employer/sponsor paid tuition,  the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), and your local office of workforce development.

Length of Training

1-3 Months

Program Requirements

Recommended high school diploma or GED and previous business or foodservice experience.

Monthly information sessions are available on ZOOM. For information or to receive a ZOOM link, Contact: Yumi Kim at 443-840-5840 or

This program is eligible for Baltimore County Public Schools Blueprint funding

Application Process

To apply, go to and complete the CCBC Continuing Education Workforce Certificate program application.  An email will then be sent with program information and any additional requirements necessary to apply for the program.

Open Entry – No screening or documentation required.

Prior Learning Assessment

This program has potential options for waiving select courses based on current certification. Maximum number of program hours that may be earned from prior learning: 16 (ServSafe class hours).

Program Course Sequence

Course Number

Course Title

Course Hours

Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)




Starting Your Own Food Truck Business


Materials provided




Controlling Costs for Food Truck Operators6


Materials provided




How to Start and Manage Your Own Small Business


Materials provided




ServSafe® Food Safety Training and Certification


Text, certification exam, and materials provided



 Core Series Total​s:   ​38  



Program Contact Information

Coordinator: Yumi Kim | | 443-840-5840 | Owings Mills 305D

Program Assistant: Kristal Parker | ​|443-840-4483 |Owings Mills 302 ​​​​