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Global Tourism & Hospitality Management Advanced Certificate

Eight-month post graduate program; part-time study options available

Where: Comox Valley
Starts: September, January
  • Build on your existing diploma or degree credentials with this post-graduate certificate and launch a career in the growing international tourism and hospitality management industry.
  • Be in demand: The 2025 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 available to 2024.
  • Develop strong management skills through a combination of theory-based and applied courses, including opportunities to operate the Third Course Bistro and create special events.
  • Gain a solid foundation in the international business practices needed to be successful in one of Canada’s fastest growing industries.

Career possibilities: As a graduate, you will qualify for  domestic and international career opportunities in all areas of the tourism and hospitality industry, including hotel and restaurant general management, human resources management, sales and marketing management, convention services management, and hotel revenue/ financial management.


  • Expanding opportunities. The demand for skilled, creative, and qualified individuals in the tourism and hospitality industry is increasing. The skills you’ll learn in the Global Tourism & Hospitality Management advanced certificate program prepare you for a career in a global industry.
  • Highly Qualified Faculty. NIC’s expert faculty will provide you with deep learning experiences and active connections with the local, national and international tourism and hospitality industry to launch your career.


Build on your previous education and experience to launch your career in the growing international tourism and hospitality management industry. Gain a solid understanding of hospitality and tourism operations through a global lens, combining practical, hands-on experience in hotel, restaurant and event management with core business skills in accounting and marketing.
This program focuses on the business skills needed for supervisors and managers. You will learn develop strong accounting, marketing, events management, communication and leadership skills enabling you to compete effectively for rewarding positions in the tourism industry.

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.

Course work for this advanced certificate is entirely at the second and third-year level, and you will complete the program with the advanced skills and knowledge to successfully launch your career, or study toward NIC's Global Tourism and Hospitality Management advanced diploma.

Career Opportunities

With an advanced certificate in Global Tourism and Hospitality Management, you will be prepared for supervisory and management roles in both domestic and international tourism industries. Depending on previous credentials and work experience, there may be an opportunity for tourism careers in niche markets ranging from the arts to agri-tourism. Career possibilities include, but would not be limited to professional management in resorts, hotels, restaurants, attractions and other special interest tourism operations.

Admission Requirements

  1. Minimum 2 year Diploma or 3 year Degree from a recognized post-secondary institution.
    Including the following:
  2. 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
  3. C+ in Foundations of Math 11; or C in one of Pre-calculus 11, Principles of Math 11, Applications of Math 12, NIC MAT-053; or equivalent assessment.

Upgrade with us to meet prerequisites

Upgrade your English, math and science courses for entry into the program of your choice. Succeed with the help of NIC’s supportive instructors. Courses are flexible and start several times a year so you can learn at your own pace. We offer daytime and evening options. Learn more

International Language Requirements

For international language requirements click here.

To Be Successful

  • You will be required to use a variety of Microsoft Office software immediately upon entering the program. Refreshing or developing your computer skills before entering the program is encouraged.
  • Serving it Right (TFB-011) and FoodSafe Level 1 (TFS-010) may be completed before classes begin, allowing you to get a head start on your program requirements. Separate fees are required for registration in these courses.
  • The program uses both an applied and theoretical approach and all courses have an emphasis on hospitality and tourism-related businesses. The more service industry experience you bring to the program, the more relevant the learning will be. You are encouraged to gain as much tourism industry experience as possible before the program starts, either through work volunteer opportunities.

Program Requirements

  • BUS-100 Financial Accounting Fundamentals
  • BUS-370 International Marketing
  • THM-170 Food & Beverage Service
  • THM-203 Conventions & Special Events Management
  • THM-212 Tourism & Hospitality Law & Ethics
  • THM-275 Food Fundamentals & Service
  • THM-300 Global Tourism
  • Plus 2 electives totaling 6 credits*

Note: ENG-160 is a prerequisite for a number of courses in the program. Students who have not taken a first year college-level English course as part of their undergraduate diploma or degree will be required to use one of their electives to take ENG-160 in the first term.

*Note:   Electives may be chosen from any other NIC tourism courses or any other non-tourism courses that transfer to a degree-granting institution.

Completion Requirements

The 1 year Advanced Certificate in Global Tourism & Hospitality Management must be completed within 5 years of admission to the program.

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

Costs indicated are estimates for a 100% course load per year, unless otherwise noted. 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

Year 1
Tuition $2,765
NISU Fees $115
Lab Fees $375
Learner Resource $140
Health and Dental $275
Total $3,670
Books and Equipment costs vary.
Full-time students are automatically enrolled in the mandatory Health and Dental Benefit plan ($275).

International Fees

Year 1
Tuition $12,730
NISU Fees $115
Lab Fees $375
Learner Resource $140
Health and Dental $275
Total $13,635
Additional Costs for International Students include the $100 Application fee (required) and the $250 Accommodation Application Fee (optional).
Books and Equipment costs vary.
Full-time students are automatically enrolled in the mandatory Health and Dental Benefit plan ($275).

Deborah Forsyth

Deborah Forsyth
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4350 | Location TYE - 223
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9700

Pedro Caraballo Acosta

Pedro Caraballo Acosta
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4240 | Location VLG - G5

Harley Elias

Harley Elias


Business Administration, Professional Tourism

MBA, Strategic Planning and Marketing (University of Washington)

Subjects: Business, Tourism & Hospitaly Mgmt
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4014 | Location TTB - 114

Murray Erickson

Murray Erickson


Business Administration, Professional Tourism

Bachelor of Business Administration (Simon Fraser University)
Chartered Accountant designation (CPA Canada)

Subjects: Business, Tourism & Hospitaly Mgmt
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4032 | Location TTB - 114

Mike Neville

Mike Neville


Professional Tourism

Bachelor of Tourism Management, (Vancouver Island University)

Master of Recreation Management, (Acadia University)


Subjects: Tourism Adventure Guiding, Tourism & Hospitaly Mgmt
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4117 | Location VLG

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