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Hospitality Distance Learning

Professional development courses and certificates (offered in partnership with the American Hotel and Lodging Education Institute)

Where: College Wide
Starts: Continuous entry between September and March
  • Earn internationally-recognized credentials to start or enhance your career in tourism or hospitality management.
  • Be in demand: The BC 2025 Labour Economic Outlook predicts hospitality will be among the most in demand occupational groups requiring post-secondary training in BC, with more than 9,000 job openings available to 2025.
  • Choose from 20 self-paced distance courses from the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute, each with its own certificate, or combine courses to achieve a specialized credential.
  • Maximize your success with one-on-one support from an NIC instructor.

Career possibilities: Specialized certification prepares you to launch or grow your career in the tourism and hospitality industry, within Canada or internationally including hotels, skiing resorts, restaurants, tourism services and the travel trade.

WHY CHOOSE NORTH ISLAND COLLEGE?

  • Boost your professional qualifications. Combine courses to achieve a specialized credential tailored to your goals and advance your career with industry-recognized tourism and hospitality management credentials.
  • Expand opportunities on your own schedule. Self-paced courses allow you to balance your studies around other obligations.
  • Access individualized help. NIC instructors offer personalized support to maximize your learning potential from distance courses.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

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. 

Admission Requirements

  1. While there is no formal admission requirement for English 12, the content of some courses requires a literacy level equal to Grade 12. For more information about specific courses and requirements, please contact the coordinator.

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Individual Courses

  • TMA-059 Food & Beverage Management
  • TMA-066 Food & Beverage Cost Control
  • TMA-067 Managing Food & Beverage Service
  • TMA-068 Supervisory Housekeeping
  • TMA-069 Bar & Beverage Management
  • TMA-100 Financial Accounting I
  • TMA-120 Introduction to Hospitality Management
  • TMA-125 Hotel/Motel Security Management
  • TMA-130 Hospitality Industry Computer Systems
  • TMA-145 Managing Hospitality Human Resources
  • TMA-150 Hospitality Sales and Marketing
  • TMA-160 Convention Management and Service
  • TMA-165 Facilities Management
  • TMA-170 Front Office Procedures
  • TMA-175 Hospitality Supervision
  • TMA-215 Revenue Management
  • TMA-270 Quality Leadership and Management
  • TMA-275 Basic Financial Accounting for the Hospitality Industry
  • TMA-280 Managerial Accounting for the Hospitality Industry
  • TMA-285 Contemporary Club Management

Food and Beverage Management Certificate

and one course from the following:

  • TMA-069 Bar & Beverage Management
  • TMA-059 Food & Beverage Management

Rooms Division Management Certificate

Marketing and Sales Management Certificate

  • TMA-150 Hospitality Sales and Marketing
  • TMA-160 Convention Management and Service
  • TMA-175 Hospitality Supervision
  • TMA-215 Revenue Management

and one course from the following:

  • TMA-100 Financial Accounting 1
  • TMA-275 Basic Financial Accounting for the Hospitality Industry

Hospitality Fundamentals Certificate

  • TMA-059 Food & Beverage Management
  • TMA-068 Supervisory Housekeeping
  • TMA-120 Introduction to Hospitality Management
  • TMA-170 Front Office Procedures
  • TMA-175 Hospitality Supervision

and one course from the following:

  • TMA-067 Managing Food & Beverage Service
  • TMA-069 Bar & Beverage Management
  • TMA-100 Financial Accounting 1

Hospitality Management Diploma

  • TMA-068 Supervisory Housekeeping
  • TMA-120 Introduction to Hospitality Management
  • TMA-125 Hotel/Motel Security Management
  • TMA-145 Managing Hospitality Human Resources
  • TMA-150 Hospitality Sales and Marketing
  • TMA-165 Facilities Management
  • TMA-170 Front Office Procedures
  • TMA-175 Hospitality Supervision
  • TMA-270 Quality Leadership and Management

plus one TMA elective course

and one course from the following:

  • TMA-059 Food & Beverage Management
  • TMA-067 Managing Food & Beverage Service

and one course from the following:

  • TMA-275 Basic Financial Accounting for the Hospitality Industry
  • TMA-100 Financial Accounting I

Hospitality Operations Certificate

  • TMA-068 Supervisory Housekeeping
  • TMA-120 Introduction to Hospitality Management
  • TMA-130 Hospitality Industry Computer Systems
  • TMA-150 Hospitality Sales and Marketing
  • TMA-170 Front Office Procedures
  • TMA-175 Hospitality Supervision

and one course from the following:

  • TMA-059 Food & Beverage Management
  • TMA-067 Managing Food & Beverage Service

and one course from the following:

  • TMA-100 Financial Accounting I
  • TMA-275 Basic Financial Accounting for the Hospitality Industry

 

Completion Requirements

Completion Requirements are a 70% passing grade.

Tuition & Costs Estimate for
Fall 2017, Winter, Spring & Summer 2018

Additional fees may also include necessary equipment, supplies, NIC appointed uniforms, 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

per Course
Tuition $330
NISU Fees $10
Learner Resource $10
Total $350
Tuition for TMA 225 (Purchasing for Food Service Operations) is $500. Tuition for all other courses is $330 per course.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How long can I take to complete each course?
    This depends entirely upon how many hours you can allocate to studying. As a very rough guideline, if you were working on one TMA course for 25 to 30 hours a week, you would take approximately three to four weeks to finish each course. A completion date will be set for four months from the date of registration. This provides for ample time to receive books and materials and to schedule your exam at the end. The four-month time frame would require additional review, so ideally finishing the course more quickly would be the best.
  2. How does it work?
    Courses are a combination of distance-based and online learning. After registering in a course and purchasing your book, you will be given access to NIC's BlackBoard online site where you will find self-quizzes available to help you test your understanding as you prepare for your final exam. You can work on your own or with the course instructor to complete your studies. The final exam for each course can be written at any NIC campus or invigilated at a local campus if outside the region. The exam is 100 multiple-choice questions and 70 per cent is required to pass and receive a certificate. One retake is permitted under the current policy. Grades are for the final exam only and chapter quizzes are only to prepare. A certificate is issued for each course taken as well as specialized certificates and diplomas for a pre-determined combination of courses, as available in the calendar.
  3. When can I register?
    Registration is available September through March. From the date of registration, four months is given for completion. There is little or no instructor support during July and August so if you register in a new course after April 1, you may not have sufficient time to complete your course before the end of June. (For registration after April 1, please contact the instructor). It is also advisable to register in only one course at a time. Contract dates are not extended for enrolment in multiple courses.
  4. What are the entry requirements?
    As stated under the admission tab, there are no formal entry requirements. However, some courses must be taken in a specific order. For example. Accounting I before Accounting II. Course material should also be considered at Grade 10 level for math and Grade 12 level for English.

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deborah.forsyth @nic.bc.ca

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