Food Truck Entrepreneurship

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Course Enrollment

Duration
8 Weeks
Form
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Cost
$1,500
Start Date
Begins every two weeks. Please enroll now to select your start date.

Who is this Program for?

This credential is for the current or prospective Food Truck Entrepreneur, owner and operator. The Food Truck Industry is a growing industry that is quickly outpacing traditional restaurant growth, providing many benefits to both consumers and truck owners!

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Did you know?

  • Starting a food truck business costs about $55,000 on average.
  • Yearly food truck revenue ranges between $250,000 and $500,000.
  • There are over 35,000 active food trucks in the US.
  • More than 40,000 people work in the food truck industry.
  • The average annual food truck industry growth before COVID-19 was 7.5%.
  • The food truck market size in 2022 surpassed 1.2 billion dollars.
  • Over 34% of food truck chefs regularly experiment with their menu.
  • Food truck industry statistics for 2022 predict a yearly growth of 3.4%.

Why Choose a Career in the Food Truck Industry?

  • The fraction of the cost of starting a restaurant
  • Far less overhead cost than a restaurant
  • The mobility of changing locations
  • Free advertising with the food truck itself
  • Have the option for catering opportunities
  • The ability to get creative and choose the menu, changing it as often as you would like
  • Be your own boss
  • Serve multiple local communities
  • Meet the needs of young, fast-paced consumers that are looking for something healthy on the go!
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Industry Statistics

Revenue Stream
$250,000 to $500,000
Market Size
$1.2 billion in 2021
Outgrowing the Restaurant Industry
5.5% to 4.3%

We are Proud to Partner with the

National Food Truck Association

The National Food Truck Association was organized by a group of regional food truck association representatives to leverage their experience and knowledge to ensure that food trucks from coast to coast are provided great resources and access to information. Our goal is to support food truck owners, regional associations and to act as a singular point of contact for the public looking to engage with food trucks. We now offer catering and location management services to make it easier for the public to take advantage of food truck services nationwide.

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We’ll continue to help vendors and associations work cooperatively with municipalities and governmental bureaucracies to review codes, ordinances and procedures so they can better address the realities of this new industry. Using our strength in numbers the National Food Truck Association will strive to provide members with better prices on supplies and services all food trucks use.

Mobile vending has seen a monumental shift in the past five years. What was an underground and unseen industry has become one of the fastest growing trends in food service. As a united group we believe we can be an effective resource for food trucks, associations and government agencies.

This certificate was designed by the National Food Truck Association with these professionals!

  • Matt Geller: NFTA/SoCalMFVA/Best Food Trucks/Revolution Carts
  • BJ Lofback: Nashville BFT/Nashville FTA Founder/Funk Soul Brother/Pinchy’s Lobster
  • John Ou: The Fix On Wheels (LA)
  • Ryan Thomas: All About Food Trucks
  • Carlos Carillo: Coco’s Latin Cuisine 
  • Richard Gomez: AA Cater Truck/Revolution Carts/NFPA 20-year veteran of commissary and the food truck building
  • Che Ruddell-Tabisola: DMVFTA Founder/BBQ Bus/Natl FTA Founder

Course Overview

Learning Videos
50
Quizzes
30
Case Studies
15

This credential provides comprehensive knowledge of the food truck industry—from successfully starting and operating a food truck to managing day-to-day challenges in the industry. This certificate provides complete details and information about the food truck industry, including business and financial planning, menu designing, marketing, inventory management, hiring, and knowing your state’s food truck regulations. This credential is also helpful for people who are currently operating a truck and are looking to improve their business skills. This certificate has been designed by industry experts who have decades of experience in operating food trucks across multiple regions of the US. This credential will help you to get started or improve your current operations.

Module 1: Industry Overview

Module 2: Market Research, Branding, and Marketing

Module 3: Business and Financial Plan Lite

Module 4: Menu Design

Module 5: Purchasing and Inventory

Module 6: Human Resources: How to Build an HR Plan to Support Your Success

Module 7: Local Regulations

Module 8: Working with Organizers

Still Have Questions?

What is the duration of the program and how much time is required each week?

This is an eight-week program that will require about 5 to 6 hours of dedicated time per week.

Will this micro-credential be transferrable for credit-hours?

As pathways from nondegree to degree education currently are expanding, this micro-credential may be transferable to credit, depending upon the review process of the college or university in question.

Are there assignments and deadlines?

No, there are no assignment deadlines. There is, however, a prescribed pace for timely completion as learners will have a set number of weeks to complete the credential.

Do I have to attend classes at the same time each week?

Micro-credentials are self-paced and do not require the learner to attend class at a certain time each week. Learners should expect to spend 5-6 hours per week engaging with the course at their own pace. 

What is the refund policy?
Students who cancel prior to the first day of class will receive a full refund. No refund will be issued once the class begins.
What do I receive upon completion of this micro-credential?

Students will receive a certificate of completion.

How long will I have access to the content after completion of the credential?
Students will have access to the content for up to six months after completion.
Who do I contact if I have additional questions?

Please feel free to use any of these options to reach out to us. We would love to hear from you!

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