NIC has partnered with the American Hotel and Lodging Education Institute (AHLEI) to offer distance courses and certificates that lead to internationally-recognized industry certificates. AHLEI is regarded as an industry standard in 60 countries, so credentials earned through these courses can travel with you.
Your progress is also supported by NIC hospitality and tourism management faculty who are available to answer your questions or suggest supplemental readings or materials to suit your specific interests or needs.
Whether you are launching your career or are already employed in the hospitality industry, you can choose from 20 courses, each with a certificate.
If you’re interested in honing your management skills, pursuing a promotion or even a new career direction, you can group individual course credentials into one of the following AHLEI specialty certificates:
Rooms Division Management certificate - five courses
Food and Beverage Management certificate - five courses
Marketing and Sales Management certificate - five courses
Hospitality Fundamentals certificate - six courses
Hospitality Operations certificate - eight courses
Hospitality Management diploma - 12 courses
Each course requires 75 to 100 hours of study. Many students complete one course in a few weeks, however, the amount of time you can allocate to studying will dictate your course length. NIC sets a completion date for four months from the date of registration, which includes ample time to receive your textbook and write your final exam. As faculty support is not available during July and August, registering between September and March ensures you can leverage the best support possible.
Courses are a combination of distance-based and online study. Each course has online self-quizzes which will help ensure you are understanding the material and help prepare you for the final exam. An instructor is available online to answer questions and provide any support needed throughout the duration of each course. The final exam can be written at any of NIC’s campuses or invigilated at a local campus if you live outside the region.