Certified Master Hotel Supplier (CMHS®)

Certified Master Hotel Supplier (CMHS®)


Membership BenefitsMembership Benefits

Member: $150.00
Nonmember: $400.00

Professional hotel suppliers must possess a level of expertise that extends beyond the role of salesperson and order taker. This expertise prepares them to serve as advisors who help customers make better business decisions.

The Certified Master Hotel Supplier (CMHS®) designation recognizes that expertise. This unique recognition program -- the highest honor for professional excellence offered to suppliers of products and services to the hospitality industry -- is designed to expand knowledge and reward achievements.

The Educational Institute, in collaboration with the AH&LA Allied Executive Committee, updated the CMHS® program to better meet the needs of hospitality suppliers.

Those who earn the CMHS® designation gain greater visibility in the hotel supply market, attention from clients, respect from peers, potential career advancement, and higher self-esteem.

Fee includes: CMHS® Skills Guide, Exam; Certificate and Lapel Pin upon successful completion of the exam.

The CMHS®designation may be used on letterhead, business cards, and other writings.


Once certified, designees are automatically enrolled in the CMHS®Recertification Program, which recognizes and rewards continuing efforts toward hospitality career growth. A portfolio to help track professional-development activities is provided. Every five years, the Certification Commission will recertify those who qualify based on their accomplishments. A new jeweled lapel pin (reflecting the number of years certified) and certificate are awarded at the time of each recertification.

For additional information, please contact the Professional Certification Department:
email: certification@ahlei.org  | Phone +1.407.999.8100 or 1.888.575.8726 | Fax: +1.407.236.7848 or +1.407.999.8610

Certified Master Hotel Supplier (CMHS®) candidates must be currently employed as a supplier of products or services to the hospitality industry.


The CMHS® application is available both online and in a printable format.

Online Application

Start by accessing the online application

Have the following documents available to upload:

  • Current Resume
  • Job Description
  • Employment Verification Form (signed by your immediate supervisor)
  • Copy of diploma or transcripts (if applying under Plan A)
  • Complete payment

Printable Application

Download the Certified Master Hotel Supplier (CMHS®) application  form (PDF format)

Exam Preparation Material

Candidates for the Certified Master Hotel Supplier (CMHS®) designation will receive the appropriate CMHS® study materials for the track they have indicated on their application.

The study guide includes information on general hospitality operations, as well as information specific to the track selected, focusing on the specific competencies of various categories of vendors:

  • Supplier
  • Food and Beverage


Interested in taking your certification exam online? Our high-quality exams are designed to ensure maximum value to our customers, and each has been rigorously tested before release.

The CMHS® exam consists of 125 multiple-choice questions that must be answered within a two hour time period. All test questions are designed to test the candidate's mastery of various competencies derived from key areas of knowledge in combination with on-the-job work experience. 

Candidates must submit an application and meet the necessary prerequisites. All Online Exams require that examinations be administered under the supervision of a proctor.

For additional information, please contact the Professional Certification Department:
email: certification@ahlei.org  | Phone +1.407.999.8100 or 1.888.575.8726 | Fax: +1.407.236.7848 or +1.407.999.8610


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