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Tourism & Hospitality Management Diploma

Two-year diploma; part-time study options available

Where: Comox Valley
Starts: September, January
  • Choose between four diploma specialties including hospitality, sustainable tourism, hospitality & sustainable tourism and adventure guiding.
  • Be in demand. The BC 2024 Labour Economic Outlook predicts tourism and hospitality will be among the most in demand occupational groups requiring post-secondary training in BC, with more than 10,500 job openings to 2024.'
  • Develop industry-relevant skills and broadened career opportunities through participation in local and international co-op work placements.
  • Access study abroad opportunities with NIC's Disney International program and exchanges in Hawaii, Utah or Mexico.
  • Earn credit toward NIC’s Business Administration degree or many other tourism, hospitality or business degrees across Canada.
Career Possibilities: As a graduate, you will be qualified for employment in all areas of the tourism and hospitality industry, including hotels, ski and golf resorts, restaurants, the travel trade, as well as government and transportation services.

Why Choose North Island College?

  • Increase your employment opportunities. As one of the world’s fastest growing industries, tourism employs over 200,000 people in BC. Demand for qualified graduates is greater than is currently being met, creating a fantastic opportunity for your career advancement.
  • Business with a tourism edge. Blend a solid business education with tourism industry knowledge and connections. Study accounting, law, international hotel management and tourism entrepreneurship while participating in field trips each year to top regional and international destinations.
  • Work at what you love. Co-operative Education work terms are an integral component of the program and integrate paid, program-related employment with academic study. Whether it is with Fairmont Hotels in Banff or Whistler or closer to home, you’ll gain confidence, contacts, and practical experience in your chosen career.
  • Specialize your skills. Whether you choose the hospitality or sustainable option, you will have an opportunity to spend your first year getting to know the industry and acquiring business skills. In year two you can specialize, choosing either to explore international hotel management in the hospitality option or study environmental issues with the sustainable tourism option. If you choose to specialize in adventure guiding, you will spend your first year exploring the outdoors while honing your leadership, interpretative and guiding skills. In year two you will focus on the business skills necessary to manage or own a tourism business while broadening your understanding of the larger tourism industry.

Program Highlights

Unique in BC, NIC’s Tourism and Hospitality Management diploma is designed to be fun and flexible, while maximizing your options and opportunities. You’ll get a solid business education as well as the practical experience and knowledge necessary to launch a management career in one of the world’s fastest growing industries.
 
The program offers domestic and international field trips, a solid and far-reaching co-op program and international exchange opportunities that are fun and effective ways to earn academic credit while connecting with the industry and honing your skills while you study.
 
Tourism is one of the world's fastest growing industries offering a wide variety of career possibilities. It employs over 200,000 people in BC and, according to Statistics Canada, 354,000 job openings are predicted nationwide in the next 10 years. Over 65,000 of those openings are anticipated to be for supervisors and managers. So, whether you are just starting out, looking to advance your current situation, transferring yours skills from another industry or run your own businesses, NIC can put you on a path to a successful career.
 
We recognize that people are central to the success of every tourism business, and your interpersonal development while at NIC will be critical to your professional future. That's why, throughout the program, employability skills such as communication, teamwork, leadership and public speaking are strongly emphasized, giving you a marketable advantage in the workplace.

As a graduate of this two-year diploma, you will have the confidence and knowledge you need to launch your career in this global industry or continue into a degree program, here at NIC or at one of many hospitality, tourism, or business degree programs across Canada.
 
You’ll gain a strong foundation in key management functions such as accounting, marketing, human resource management, leadership and computer skills, have an opportunity to visit one of Canada’s top tourism destinations and receive a practical introduction to restaurant and hotel operations. You will be introduced to the major tourism sectors, including accommodation, food and beverage, adventure tourism and recreation, events and conferences, transportation, attractions, tourism services and travel trade. 
 
You will have an opportunity to specialize in hospitality, sustainable tourism, a combination of both or adventure guiding. If you choose hospitality or sustainable tourism options you can use your electives to take more sustainable tourism and hospitality courses, to study a foreign language or prepare for transfer directly into the third year of a number of tourism, hospitality, or business degree programs across Canada. 
 
Hospitality Option
In Hospitality, you will study international hotel management and develop the skills needed to understand the complexities of managing international hotel operations, identify global ownership and management models. You will learn how different values, attitudes and beliefs affect employees, clients and cultures. Courses in food and beverage management, entrepreneurship and special events management will enhance your skills and understanding of this dynamic sector. An international field trip to a top tourism destination gives you a behind-the-scenes understanding of hospitality management.
 
Sustainable Tourism Option
In the Sustainable Tourism option, you will gain an understanding of the challenges facing tourism managers and operators in today's environmentally sensitive market and an understanding of cultural sustainability within the field. You will explore the relationship between tourism, recreation and resort management in conjunction with the natural resources they use while hearing directly from industry, stakeholder, and government speakers. Courses in entrepreneurship, special events management and law provide a broader perspective of the industry, and an international field trip gives you a chance to see it all in action.
 
Hospitality & Sustainable Tourism Option

The Hospitality and Sustainable Tourism option is a great choice if you want to keep your options open. It provides the broadest understanding of the industry and has the advantage of education pathways into both hospitality and tourism degree programs province-wide.

Adventure Guiding Pathway Option
The adventure guiding option is designed for students who wish to have it all – to gain the skills necessary to be an adventure guide working in the outdoors but who also want to gain the business skills necessary to operate or own an adventure business. In your first year, you will receive a balance of hands-on learning and theoretical classroom learning. You will develop essential knowledge for working across cultures, with consideration toward environmental sustainability and risk management. In your second year, you will develop a broader understanding of the tourism sector.

 

Career Opportunities

As a graduate you will be qualified for employment in all areas of the tourism and hospitality industry, including luxury hotels, ski and golf resorts, restaurants, tourism services and the travel trade. Some graduates have chosen to operate their own tourism business, while many others choose to work in small or large tourism organizations on Vancouver Island, Whistler, Vancouver and elsewhere in Canada. The possibilities are endless.

Field Trips

In each year of the program you will participate in a required field trip as part of your studies. You will receive academic credit for these dynamic courses. 

As a first year student, you will travel to major Canadian tourist destinations, such as Vancouver and Whistler, stay in a four or five-star property and experience its daily operation, guest accommodations and services. Lab fees cover the cost of travel.

During year two, you will travel to an international tourist destination where you will experience tourism and/or hospitality operations first hand. Lab fees cover the cost of travelling to destinations such as Vegas, but in previous years students have chosen to participate in fundraising activities to increase field trip options, travelling to popular destinations such as New Orleans, Hawaii, Mexico and Cuba.

Co-operative Education

A mandatory component of the program, co-operative education integrates paid, program-related work experiences with academic study. The practical experience gained on your supervised and structured work terms is an integral part of your education. The result is increased confidence, new employment contacts and practical work experience.
 
Co-op staff and program instructors work closely with you to determine how your work term can best fit your individual interests and career goals. You may find work locally, on Vancouver Island, provincially or internationally.
 
You must complete Co-operative Education Pre-Employment-Seminar (EMP-100) as a prerequisite to Co-operative Education Internship Work Term (THM-197).

Bridge into NIC's Business Degree

Tourism & Hospitality Management diploma graduates are eligible to bridge directly into NIC's Bachelor of Business Administration degree, Marketing major and General Management major. If you are considering these options, speak with an educational advisor as early as possible about course requirements and admissions details.

Degree Opportunities

The Tourism & Hospitality Management diploma provides two full years of transfer credit toward a variety of four-year degree programs, including:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration, North Island College (NIC)
  • Bachelor of Commerce, University of Victoria (UVic)
  • Bachelor of Tourism and Hospitality Management, Mount St. Vincent University (MSVU)
  • Bachelor of Applied Management in Hospitality and Tourism, University of New Brunswick (UNB)
  • Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurial Management, Royal Roads University (RRU)
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Hotel Management, Royal Roads University (RRU)
  • Bachelor of Hospitality Management, Vancouver Community College (VCC)
  • Bachelor of Tourism Management, Capilano University
  • Bachelor of Hospitality Management, Vancouver Island University (VIU)
  • Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management, University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC)

Important: Each university has its own unique deadlines and transfer requirements, such as course prerequisites (particularly for math courses) and grade point averages which must be met. Transfer and degree requirements may also change frequently and without notice. If you are interested in pursuing a degree, you should meet with an educational advisor to develop a study plan as early as possible.

Admission Requirements

  1. C in one of Provincial English 12, English 12 First Peoples, NIC ENG-060, ENG-096, ENG-098 or ESL-090; or equivalent assessment; and
  2. Completion of Pre-calculus 11 or Principles of Math 11; or C in one of Foundations of Math 11, Applications of Math 11, or MAT-033; or assessment.
  3. Adventure Guiding option applicants must also complete the medical forms and physician's assessment as required for admission to the Adventure Guiding Certificate.

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International Language Requirements

For international language requirements click here.

Transfer Credit & Credit For Prior Learning

The NIC Tourism and Hospitality program accepts transfer credit from a wide range of post-secondary institutions and professional organizations. Detailed course transfer information for BC institutions may be found by accessing the BC Transfer Guide. If you possess other applicable prior learning, you may request prerequisite waivers for selected courses.

To Be Successful

  • You are encouraged to gain as much tourism industry experience as possible before the program starts, either through work experience or volunteering. The more service industry experience you bring to the program, the more relevant your learning will be.
  • Serving it Right (TFB-011) and FoodSafe Level 1 (TFS-010) should be completed before classes begin. Separate fees are required for registration in these courses.
  • You will be required to a use variety of Microsoft Office software immediately upon entering the program. Refreshing or developing your computer skills before entering the program is encouraged.
  • It is strongly recommended you take ENG-160 in your first semester of studies. This course focuses on the theories and principles of effective business communication and provides foundational skills for the tourism and hospitality program.
  • If you wish to apply your diploma toward a university degree, you should book a planning meeting with an educational advisor as early as possible.

Program Requirements

Year 1 - Hospitality Option
            - Sustainable Tourism Option
            - Hospitality & Sustainable Tourism Option 

  • BUS-100 Financial Accounting Fundamentals
  • BUS-162 Basic Marketing Principles & Practices
  • BUS-170 Computer Applications for Business
  • BUS-217 Management Accounting
  • ENG-160 Effective Organizational Writing
  • THM-100 The Tourism Industry
  • THM-107 Accommodating Your Guest
  • THM-108 Human Resource Management
  • THM-112 Leadership & Management
  • THM-119 Tourism & Hospitality - Year 1 Field Trip
  • THM-170 Food & Beverage Service 

Students may exit after Year 1 with a Tourism & Hospitality Management Certificate.

Co-op – mandatory for all students

Students must complete EMP-100 in the Fall term as a prerequisite to Co-operative Education Internship Work Term (THM-197) in the Spring. Co-op work terms must be completed between first and second term for full-time students and prior to the last course term for part-time students.

  • EMP-100 Co-operative Education Pre-Employment Seminar
  • THM-197 Co-operative Education Internship Work Term

Year 1 – Adventure Guiding Option

The Adventure Guiding option is offered on a cost recovery basis and tuition for the field focused skills reflects the cost of delivery and industry certification for each of the field focused courses.

NOTE: This year of the program is contingent on sufficient student demand.

Field Focused

Applied Theory

  • ENG-160 Effective Organizational Writing
  • THM-211 Sustainable Tourism
  • THM-212 Tourism & Hospitality Law and Ethics
  • THM-225 Cross Cultural Tourism

*Students wishing to exit at this point must take TGA-700 Work Placement (1 credit) in order to receive the Adventure Guiding Certificate.

Co-op – mandatory for all students

Students must complete EMP-100 in the Fall term as a prerequisite to Co-operative Education Internship Work Term (THM-197) in the Spring. Co-op work terms must be completed between first and second term for full-time students and prior to the last course term for part-time students.

  • EMP-100 Co-operative Education Pre-Employment Seminar
  • THM-197 Co-operative Education Internship Work Term

Year 2 – Hospitality Option 

  • ENG-115 Essay Writing & Critical Analysis
  • THM-201 Internal Controls 
  • THM-203 Conventions & Special Events Management 
  • THM-212 Tourism & Hospitality Law & Ethics 
  • THM-219 Tourism & Hospitality - Year 2 Field Trip 
  • THM-222 Entrepreneurship in Tourism 
  • THM-250 International Hotel Management 
  • THM-270 Beverage Theory and Management
  • THM-275 Food Fundamentals & Service
  • Plus 2 Electives totaling 6 credits chosen from courses numbered 100 or higher that transfer to a B.C. degree granting institution.

Year 2 – Sustainable Tourism Option 

  • ENG-115 Essay Writing & Critical Analysis
  • THM-201 Internal Controls
  • THM-203 Conventions & Special Events Management 
  • THM-211 Sustainable Tourism 
  • THM-212 Tourism & Hospitality Law & Ethics 
  • THM-219 Tourism & Hospitality - Year 2 Field Trip 
  • THM-222 Entrepreneurship in Tourism 
  • THM-225 Cross Cultural Tourism
  • Plus 3 Electives totaling 9 credits chosen from courses numbered 100 or higher that transfer to a BC degree-granting institution.

Year 2 – Hospitality & Sustainable Tourism Option

  • ENG-115 Essay Writing & Critical Analysis
  • THM-201 Internal Controls
  • THM-203 Conventions & Special Events Management
  • THM-211 Sustainable Tourism
  • THM-212 Tourism & Hospitality Law & Ethics
  • THM-219 Tourism & Hospitality - Year 2 Field Trip
  • THM-222 Entrepreneurship in Tourism
  • THM-225 Cross Cultural Tourism
  • THM-250 International Hotel Management
  • THM-270 Beverage Management
  • THM-275 Food Fundamentals & Service

Year 2 – Adventure Guiding Option

  • BUS-100 Financial Accounting Fundamentals
  • BUS-162 Basic Marketing Principles & Practices
  • BUS-170 Computer Applications in Business
  • BUS-217 Management Accounting
  • THM-100 The Tourism Industry
  • THM-107 Accommodating Your Guest
  • THM-108 Human Resources Management
  • THM-112 Leadership & Management
  • THM-119 Tourism & Hospitality - Year 1 Field Trip (1 credit)
  • THM-170 Food & Beverage 1
  • THM-219 Tourism & Hospitality - Year 2 Field Trip (2 credits)
  • THM-222 Entrepreneurship in Tourism

 

Completion Requirements

This is a 2 year program requiring completion within 5 years of admission.

Tuition & Costs Estimate for
Fall 2016, Winter, Spring & Summer 2017

Costs indicated are estimates for a 100% course load per year, unless otherwise noted. Additional fees may also include necessary equipment, supplies or field trips not included in these estimates.

While we do our best to share accurate and timely fee information, changes may occur. For more information, visit tuition page.

Domestic Fees

Year 1 Year 2 Grand Total
Tuition $3,515 $3,135
NISU Fees $150 $135
Lab Fees $705 $1,200
Books $1,400 $1,400
Learner Resource $185 $165
Health and Dental $275 $275
Total $6,230 $6,310 $12,540
Lab fees for the Sustainable Tourism option only are $830.
Full-time students are automatically enrolled in the mandatory Health and Dental Benefit plan.

International Fees

Year 1 Year 2 Grand Total
Tuition $16,120 $14,040
NISU Fees $120 $120
Lab Fees $705 $1,200
Books $1,400 $1,400
Learner Resource $185 $165
Health and Dental $275 $275
Total $18,805 $17,200 $36,005
Additional Costs for International Students include the $100 Application fee and the $280 Accommodation Placement fee (optional).
Full-time students are automatically enrolled in the mandatory Health and Dental Benefit plan.

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