Comox Valley: Eight-month certificate. Part-time study option available

Mount Waddington: Two year part-time certificate

Where: Comox Valley, Port Hardy
Starts: September, January
  • Learn industry specific skills required to supervise and manage tourism and hospitality-related businesses and to compete effectively in the marketplace.
  • Be in demand: The BC 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.
  • Experience the West Coast tourism industry through class field trips and applied management opportunities.
  • Earn credit toward NIC’s Tourism & Hospitality diploma, Business Administration degree or degree programs throughout BC.

Career possibilities: Launch or advance your career in restaurants, hotels, resorts, event planning, conferences and fine dining. As a graduate, you will qualify for supervisory positions at hotels and resorts, catering to contract services, banquet and event management and more.



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  • Expanding opportunities. The demand for skilled, creative and qualified individuals in BC’s tourism and hospitality industry is increasing. The skills you’ll learn in the Tourism and Hospitality Management certificate program will prepare you for a career in a growing industry.
  • Instructional and industry support. NIC’s instructors are recognized for their strong hospitality and tourism experience. This program encourages active connections with local tourism and hospitality industries. You’ll work closely with NIC alumni and industry professionals, participate in field trips to the top local and regional hotels and resorts, and learn from guest speakers, all of which create valuable links between you and future employers.
  • Want to do more? Further your education and receive credit toward the Tourism & Hospitality Management diploma as well as NIC’s Business Administration degree.


This program focuses on the specific skills needed for supervisors and managers. Over the span of eight months, you'll develop the business skills necessary to compete effectively in the marketplace. Your learning will include exposure to various tourism sectors, including accommodation, food and beverage, adventure tourism, events and conferences, transportation, attractions, tourism services and travel trade. 

NIC’s instructors are well-respected for their strong hospitality and tourism work experience, recognized industry connections and strong academic credentials. Each course includes practical applications wherever possible, ensuring you receive many opportunities to practice and perfect your new skills. You will participate in field trips to the top local and regional hotels and resorts and attend lectures from guest speakers. Certificate program instructors work closely with industry professionals to provide connections between you and your future employers in the industry.
You will receive credit toward the Tourism and Hospitality Management diploma program and Business Administration diploma or degree, allowing you the option to further your education.

Career Opportunities

With a Tourism and Hospitality Management certificate, you’ll be prepared to launch a career in restaurants, hotels, resorts, event planning, conferences, fine dining, and casual establishments. If you are currently working in the industry and looking to advance, the skills provided in this program will help you expand your career options. Career possibilities include, but would not be limited to supervisory postions such as restaurant manager, banquet manager, front desk manager and hotel or resort manager.


Admission Requirements

  1. C in one of Provincial English 12, English 12 First Peoples, NIC ENG-060, ENG-096, ENG-098 or ESL-090; or assessment; and
  2. C in one of Applications of Math 11 or Foundations of Math 11 or MAT 033; or B in Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 11; or completion of Principles of Math 11 or Pre-calculus 11, or 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

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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 experience or volunteering.
  • It is strongly recommended you take ENG-160 in their first semester of studies. This course focuses on the theories and principles of effective business communication and provides you with foundational skills for the tourism and hospitality program.


Program Requirements

  • BUS 100 Financial Accounting Fundamentals
  • BUS 162 Basic Marketing Principles & Practices
  • BUS 170 Computer Applications in Business
  • ENG 160 Effective Organizational Writing
  • THM 100 The Tourism Industry
  • THM 107 Accommodating Your Guest
  • THM 108 Human Resources Management
  • THM 112 Leadership & Management
  • THM 119 Tourism & Hospitality - Year 1 Field Trip
  • THM 170 Food & Beverage Service
  • Open Elective – 3 credits chosen from courses numbered 100 or higher that transfer to a BC degree-granting institution

Completion Requirements

To successfully complete the program, students must pass all courses and attain an overall average of at least 60%.


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 $3,005
NISU Fees $130
Lab Fees $720
Books $1,430
Learner Resource $160
Health and Dental $275
Total $5,720
Full-time students are automatically enrolled in the mandatory Health and Dental Benefit plan ($275).

International Fees

Year 1
Tuition $13,260
NISU Fees $130
Lab Fees $720
Books $1,430
Learner Resource $160
Health and Dental $275
Total $15,975
Additional Costs for International Students include the $100 Application fee (required) and the $250 Accommodation Application Fee (optional).
Full-time students are automatically enrolled in the mandatory Health and Dental Benefit plan ($275).

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