AHLEI Professional Certification

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Widely recognized as the preeminent leader in hospitality certification, the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) strongly supports and encourages the certification of hospitality professionals in all facets of the industry, including:

  • hotels
  • food & beverage establishments
  • trainers
  • revenue management and sales
  • hospitality educators
  • hotel suppliers

In order to become certified by AHLEI, you must meet the knowledge and experience requirements and successfully complete a certification examination. Certification examinations are available through AHLEI year-round using computerized adaptive testing or traditional print testing.

May 2017

CLASS TITLE: Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE®)  - South Dakota  

Date: May 8-10, 2017   
Location: South Dakota State University   
Registration Fee: $100 
Enrollment Fee: $600   
Application Deadline: April 8, 2017 

CHE Application

Congratulations to all the candidates who passed their certification examination in 2016 and earned a hospitality industry credential! 

Click here for the entire list.

2016 recipients by month:










    Certified Guest Service Professionals (CGSP®) recipients are recognized for the know-how to provide excellent guest service and for their commitment to creating memorable guest experiences. 

    Congratulations to the most recent candidates to earn the CGSP® designation. Thank you for your continued dedication to the hospitality industry!

    2016 recipients January-August.

    The Hotel Industry Foundations and Introduction to Analytics (HIFIA) is jointly offered by STR, the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) and the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education (ICHRIE). 

    "Hotel Industry Foundations and Introduction to Analytics" builds a solid foundation and provides a thorough introduction to the math required by a hotel or tourism industry professional, to the reports that are used and to the analytic skills. The HIFIA also helps students appreciate that the hotel and tourism industry relies heavily upon data and the ability to analyze that data.

    Congratulations to all the recipients who have completed the HIFIA. 

    Attention Instructors:
    Prepare to present the training by attending a Train-the-Trainer session for HIFIA which covers the training content, to include hotel industry affiliations, categorizations, benchmarking, and an introduction to hotel math and industry reports.

    HIFIA Trainer the Trainer Sessions:

    Date: July 15, 2016
    Location: Shanghai, China

    To learn more about HIFIA and information about upcoming Train the Trainer sessions, please contact sharecenter@str.com.

    Recertification begins the day a candidate earns his or her certification, and designees hold their certification for only five years. During that time they must: maintain their qualifying position within the industry; earn points by fulfilling various activity requirements based on the level of involvement and time spent doing the activity. The categories for which points are awarded include:

    • Professional Experience
    • Professional Development Activities/Seminars
    • Industry Related Involvement
    • Educational Services

    Additional ways of earning recertification points.

    • Completion of any American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) hospitality management courses provides 5 points toward the recertification point total. Courses may be taken online or through traditional, paper-based distance learning. View course offerings and enroll today.          
    • Earn points for attending any tradeshow, conference or convention sponsored by AHLEI. View qualifying events.
    • Free Courses Count toward Recertification
      Schneider Electric's Energy University™ offers many free courses that count as education points toward recertification for the following designations:
      • Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA)
      • Certified Hospitality Facilities Executive (CHFE)
      • Visit the MyEnergy University website to enroll today.   

    Procter & Gamble Professional University offers free online courses that count toward recertification points for the following designations:

    Recertification Applications:

    Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA) - ( Application ) ( Maintenance Points )
    Certified Rooms Division Executive (CRDE) - ( Application ) ( Maintenance Points )
    Certified Food & Beverage Excecutive (CFBE) - ( Application ) ( Maintenance Points )
    Certified Hospitality Housekeeping Executive (CHHE) - ( Application ) ( Maintenance Points )
    Certified Hospitality Facilities Executive (CHFE) - ( Application ) ( Maintenance Points )
    Certified Hospitality Trainer (CHT) - ( Application ) ( Maintenance Points )
    Certified Hospitality Revenue Manager (CHRM) - ( Application ) ( Maintenance Points )
    Certified Hospitality Sales Professional (CHSP) - ( Application ) ( Maintenance Points )
    Certified Lodging Security Director (CLSD) - ( Application ) ( Maintenance Points )
    Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE) - ( Application ) ( Maintenance Points
    Certified Master Hotel Supplier (CMHS) - ( Application ) ( Maintenance Points )  

    A candidate may elect to sit for the examination to earn their recertification in lieu of the points system. The candidate must achieve a minimum score of 75% on the CHA and CLSD exams, and 70% on all other exams in order to recertify.

    Recertification fees* are $200 each for Executive Level and Department Head Level; $100 each for CHRM and CHSP. Candidates who recertify are required to remit payment, complete a maintenance activity form, submit all supporting documentation, and sign the maintenance agreement - agreeing to all terms.
    *Prices are subject to change without notice.

    Please submit your recertification packet to:
    American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute
    800 North Magnolia Avenue, Suite 300
    Orlando, Florida 32803

    For additional information, please contact the Professional Certification Department: 
    email:  certification@ahla.com  | Phone: +1 407 999 8100 or 1 888 575 8726 | Fax: +1 407 236 7848 or +1 407 999 8610 

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