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Hospitality Distance Learning

Professional development courses and certificates

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 2024 Labour Economic Outlook predicts hospitality will be among the most in demand occupational groups requiring post-secondary training in BC, with more than 10,500 job openings available to 2024.
  • Choose from 24 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 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. 
 

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-110 Financial Accounting II
  • TMA-125 Hotel/Motel Security Management
  • TMA-130 Hospitality Industry Computer Systems
  • TMA-140 Fundamentals of Destination Management and Marketing
  • TMA-145 Managing Hospitality Human Resources
  • TMA-150 Hospitality Sales and Marketing
  • TMA-155 Marketing in the Hospitality Industry
  • TMA-160 Convention Management and Service
  • TMA-165 Facilities Management
  • TMA-170 Front Office Procedures
  • TMA-175 Hospitality Supervision
  • TMA-240 International Hotel Management
  • TMA-265 Training and Development for the Hospitality Industry
  • 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
  • TMA-366 Accounting for Club Operations

Food and Beverage Management Certificate

  • TFS-010/TFS145 Foodsafe Level 1 & 2
  • TMA-066 Food & Beverage Cost Control
  • TMA-067 Managing Food & Beverage Service
  • TMA-175 Hospitality Supervision
  • TMA-069 Bar & Beverage Management

Rooms Division Management Certificate

  • TMA-068 Supervisory Housekeeping
  • TMA-125 Hotel/Motel Security Management
  • TMA-130 Hospitality Industry Computer Systems
  • TMA-170 Front Office Procedures
  • TMA-175 Hospitality Supervision

Marketing & Sales Management Certificate

  • TMA-140 Fundamentals of Destination Management and Marketing
  • TMA-150 Hospitality Sales and Marketing
  • TMA-155 Marketing in the Hospitality Industry
  • TMA-160 Convention Management and Service
  • TMA-175 Hospitality Supervision

Human Resources Management Certificate

  • TMA-145 Managing Hospitality Human Resources
  • TMA-175 Hospitality Supervision
  • TMA-265 Training and Development for the Hospitality Industry
  • TMA-270 Quality Leadership and Management

plus one TMA elective course

Hospitality Management Diploma

  • TMA-068 Supervisory Housekeeping
  • TMA-125 Hotel/Motel Security Management
  • TMA-140 Fundamentals of Destination Management and Marketing
  • TMA-145 Managing Hospitality Human Resources
  • TMA-165 Facilities Management
  • TMA-170 Front Office Procedures
  • TMA-175 Hospitality Supervision

plus one TMA elective course

and one course from the following:

  • TMA-265 Training and Development for the Hospitality Industry
  • TMA-270 Quality Leadership and Management

and one course from the following:

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

and one course from the following:

  • TMA-150 Hospitality Sales and Marketing
  • TMA-155 Marketing in the Hospitality Industry

and one course from the following:

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

Hospitality Operations Certificate

  • TMA-140 Fundamentals of Destination Management and Marketing
  • TMA-170 Front Office Procedures
  • TMA-175 Hospitality Supervision
  • TMA-059 Food & Beverage Management
  • TMA-067 Managing Food & Beverage Service
  • TMA-100 Financial Accounting I

and one course from the following:

  • TMA-150 Hospitality Sales and Marketing
  • TMA-155 Marketing in the Hospitality Industry

and one course from the following:

Club Management Certificate

  • TMA-175  Hospitality Supervision
  • TMA-285  Contemporary Club Management 
  • TMA-145  Managing Hospitality Human Resources 
  • TMA-066  Food & Beverage Cost Control 
And one course from the following
  • TMA-165 Hospitality Facilities Management and Design 
  • TMA-068 Managing Housekeeping Operations 
  • TMA-366 Accounting for Club Operations
 

Completion Requirements

Completion Requirements are a 70% passing grade.

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

per Course
Tuition $325
NISU Fees $10
Learner Resource $10
Total $345
  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?
    This is a distance based course, not online. Internet access is helpful for corresponding by email and sending course work. After registering in the course and purchasing your book, you will work on your own or with the course instructor to complete your studies. Chapter tests will be provided and completed tests will be corrected and returned by the instructor, to help you prepare for the exam. The 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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