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 24 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 specialty certificates:
Room Division Management Certificate - five courses
Food and Beverage Management Certificate - five courses
Human Resources Management Certificate - five courses
Marketing and Sales Management Certificate - five courses
Hospitality Operations Certificate - eight courses
Hospitality Management Diploma - 12 courses
Club Management Certificate - five courses
Each course requires 75 to 100 hours of study. Many students complete the 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.
The course is distance-based, not online. Although you may send coursework and emails online, you work through the chapters of the course text offline, on your own, or with support of your NIC course instructor. Chapter tests are provided and marked by your NIC instructor and help you prepare for the final exam. The exam can be written at any of NIC’s campuses or invigilated at a local campus if you live outside the region.