Tourism & Hospitality Management Certificate

Gain business and industry-specific skills to launch a career in the tourism and hospitality industry. Explore careers in restaurants, hotels, resorts, event planning, conferences and more.

Where: Comox Valley, Online, Port Hardy
Starts: September, January
Length: 1 year
Delivery: Off-campus, Digital Scheduled Class

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The certificate program and my instructors have given me a lot of motivation to think about what I can do within the industry. When I started here, I didn’t think that this was going to be a career for me, but it’s opened up a lot of doors. The training I’ve received at NIC has been a big part of that.

Zoe Speck, NIC Tourism & Hospitality certificate student

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Program Requirements

  • BUS-100 Financial Accounting Fundamentals
  • BUS-162 Principles of Marketing
  • 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

Plus two courses (6 credits) to be chosen from the following:

Plus, Open Elective – 3 credits chosen from courses numbered 100 or higher that transfer to a BC degree-granting institution*

*Students who are not familiar with Microsoft Office Applications should consider BUS-170 Computer Applications for Business for their elective.

Completion Requirements

To successfully complete the program, students must pass all courses and attain an overall average of at least a C (2.0 GPA).

Admission Requirements

  1. C in one of Provincial English 12, English Studies 12, English First Peoples 12, ENG-096, or ENG-098; or C+ in ESL-092 and ESL-095; or assessment; and
  2. C in one of Applications of Math 11 or Foundations of Math 11; or B in one of Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 11 or Workplace Math 11; or successful completion of MAT-033; or completion of Principles of Math 11 or Pre-calculus 11, or assessment

International Language Requirements

If you are applying as an international student, you must meet NIC international admission 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.

Accessible Learning

Making education accessible for those with a documented disability is a key priority for NIC. We offer a wide range of services, supports and resources for students. For more information visit: Accessible Learning Services.

Pedro Caraballo Acosta

Pedro Caraballo Acosta


Tourism & Hospitality Mgmt

MBA (University of Wales, 2012)


Subjects: Tourism Customer Services, Tourism - Food And Beverage, Tourism & Hospitaly Mgmt, Tourism Management
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4240 | Location VLG - G3

Harley Elias

Harley Elias


Business Administration, Tourism & Hospitality Mgmt

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, Tourism & Hospitality Mgmt

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

Program Highlights

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 positions such as restaurant manager, banquet manager, front desk manager and hotel or resort manager.

Tuition & Costs Estimate

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 our tuition page.

Domestic Fees

Tuition $3,125
NISU Fees $130
Lab Fees $590
Books $2,000
Learner Resource $165
Health and Dental $275
Total $6,285

Full-time students are automatically enrolled in the mandatory Health and Dental Benefit plan ($275).

Book costs noted are estimates for planning purposes.  Accurate book costs are available by course through the NIC book search.

Find out if this program is eligible for Student Aid BC funding.

International Fees

Tuition $13,950
NISU Fees $130
Student Services Fees $930
Lab Fees $590
Books $2,000
Learner Resource $165
Health and Dental $275
Total $18,040

Additional costs for International students include the $100 application fee (required).

Full-time students are automatically enrolled in the mandatory Health and Dental Benefit plan ($275).

For more information on tuition costs and refunds refer to International Tuition and Costs.

Book costs noted are estimates for planning purposes.  Accurate book costs are available by course through the NIC book search.