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      EI Completes Overhaul of Certified Hospitality Instructor (CHI) For High School Teachers

      Certified Hospitality Instructor (CHI)

      Professional certification has become a requirement for many secondary school teachers.  The Certified Hospitality Instructor (CHI) provides teachers in secondary school hospitality classes and workforce development programs with a solid foundation of hospitality knowledge and skills, so they can more effectively convey the information to students and better prepare them for careers in hospitality.

      The Educational Institute (EI) has revised the CHI learning format from a series of three on-site summer institutes, to a two-level self-study program that includes print resources and online study modules presented by Michael "Doc" Terry, CHE, a hospitality instructor at the University of Central Florida's Rosen College of Hospitality Management. Each level consists of 13 modules with an online exam that must be passed with a score of 70 percent or higher. The learning modules relate to the content presented in EI's new, two-year high school curriculum, the Hospitality and Tourism Management Program (HTMP). Candidates must also complete a 120-hour hospitality internship to earn the certification.

      "We're very excited about the new online format as a way to further enhance training opportunities for our instructors who are unable to travel to in-person trainings, especially our international teachers," said Robert L. Steele III, CHA, EI's president and COO. "This new format makes pursuing professional certification much more convenient and flexible for all instructors."  

      The cost for the new certification program is $750.00.  However, because many high school hospitality instructors had begun working toward the Certified Hospitality Instructor certification under its previous format, EI has created a "grandfathering" plan to enable those candidates to complete their requirements under the new format. Through April 2014, candidates who have already begun the process can take Level 1 or Level 2 of the new program at a reduced rate of $300.00

      For those teachers who have taken one or two of the old CHI levels:

      Taken CHI Level 1 only - must still complete new Level 2, exempt from Level 1. 

      Taken CHI Levels 1 and 2, but not 3 - must still complete new Level 2, exempt from Level 1. 

      Taken CHI Levels 2 and/or 3, but not 1 - must still complete new Level 1, exempt from Level 2.

      For information about the new program, contact Laura Phelps or Desiree Roberts at 1.800.349.0299 or +1.407.999.8100 or e-mail highschool@ahla.com.   

      About the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute
      Established in 1953 as a nonprofit educational foundation of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, the Educational Institute’s mission is to continue being the preferred provider to the lodging industry, hospitality schools, and related hospitality industries by developing and providing quality resources to train, educate, and certify hospitality professionals worldwide.