Postsecondary Schools


The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) is dedicated to providing academic institutions with the resources they need to prepare graduates for 21st century hospitality careers.  Postsecondary schools use AHLEI textbooks in their hospitality management classes and enhance their course offerings with AHLEI's hospitality training resources created for industry professionals, giving students a professional edge as they begin their careers.

AHLEI also works with schools to develop curriculum packages leading to industry-recognized academic credentials from AHLEI in addition to the school's own credentials.

AHLEI offers the following curriculum options:

When you use hospitality management textbooks from AHLEI, your students gain valuable knowledge that reflects the most current practices and trends in today's hospitality industry. They also have the opportunity to receive course completion certificates from AHLEI.

Academic institutions around the world turn to AHLEI for industry-driven hospitality management content backed by globally-recognized and respected course credentials.  Our customers include colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, as well as our Global Academic Partner (GAP) schools in nearly 50 countries. 

No other educational source offers this tangible industry connection-a stamp of approval from a respected hospitality association that represents more than 10,000 lodging properties worldwide. These academic certificates are also backed by 60 years of AHLEI's experience in providing materials to educate hospitality students and professionals around the world!

View Course Offerings OR Download a copy of the Academic Catalog for additional information.

Hospitality Educator Certification

Earn the only professional certification for postsecondary hospitality educators - the highly respected Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE).

AHLEI also offers professional certification programs for all levels of hospitality.

Before any American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) textbook ever reaches your classroom…

  • Research into changing business needs and demographics helps identify the competencies tomorrows hospitality leaders must have
  • Top subject matter experts are recruited as textbook authors
  • Leading educators and industry professionals review the content for relevance and completeness
  • Experienced editors apply instructional design and ensure accuracy, consistency, and readability

Download the AHLEI Course Syllabi Guide for course descriptions, objectives, and teaching guidelines.

In addition to individual course certificates offered for AHLEI's 30-plus hospitality management courses, AHLEI also offers groupings of courses that, taken together, enable your students to earn additional credentials. Your account executive can work with you to develop a curriculum for your school's program that will enable students to earn these additional certificates. Your program choices are formalized through our Academic Partnership Agreement.

AHLEI offers the following curriculum options:

How does it work?

  • The AHLEI textbooks you purchase for your students come with an exam scan sheet (for schools in the United States and Canada, and our Global Academic Partner schools). If you choose to offer AHLEI's course certification to your students, call or e-mail your account executive to receive the final exam for the AHLEI book you are using
  • Give your students the AHLEI final exam, and send in their completed scan sheets, along with a class roster
  • AHLEI's academic services department will grade the exams and report the results to you. Students who pass the exam with a score of 70 percent or higher will receive a course certificate
  • Those who pass with a score of 90 percent or higher will receive a certificate that notes that they passed "with honors"
  • AHLEI will send you your students' certificates, as well as a grade report listing the students and their grades
  • A permanent record is kept on file at the Educational Institute and student transcripts are available upon request
  • It generally takes two to three weeks to receive your students' grades. Timing may vary depending on the time of year and the number of other classes submitting exams at the time. Instructors in U.S. schools ONLY have the option to grade the exams themselves before sending them in to AHLEI for processing
  • An answer key is provided with the exam

If you would like to offer the AHLEI-graded final exam, please email academics@ahla.com and request the exam materials for the book you are using. An account executive will send you the final exam, along with instructions for returning the exams and class roster, either by email, or if you prefer, in a hard copy version by regular shipping.

Create your own book to fit your course!

AHLEI's Customized Textbook option enables you to build the perfect textbook using chapters from AHLEI's hospitality management textbooks, your course syllabus, class handouts, project descriptions, and other unpublished or non-copyrighted materials you would like to include. It's easy!

What's the difference between a Customized Textbook and a regular textbook?

Customized Textbooks are made to your specifications so they cover exactly what you want to teach. We use your choice of chapters from the Educational Institute's extensive Customized Textbook Menu , as well as your course syllabus, class handouts, project descriptions, and any other unpublished materials you would like to include. You can build your course around your needs-instead of around someone else's text.

I'm not very familiar with AHLEI resources. How can I determine the best materials for my needs?

Just ask for assistance! We'll be happy to suggest which AHLEI chapters best fit your course. If you have an idea of what you would like to include in your Customized Textbooks, we'll help you with the details. Let us know what your course covers and we'll develop a list of recommended chapters for your approval.

What will my textbook look like?

Each Customized Textbook is professionally bound. The cover includes your course number, semester/quarter, the name of the course instructors, your school's name, and your department's name. The inside pages feature graphics, photos, and diagrams. You decide the sequence of chapters. Distinctive dividers separate chapters. Each chapter is individually numbered, beginning with page one, and cross-references to other sections of the text from which the material is taken are deleted.

Is there a minimum or maximum number of chapters I can use?

There are no limits. You can create a small supplement with just two chapters. Or if you require a large number of chapters on a broad ranger of topics, we can produce a multiple-volume set.

For a complete listing of available chapters, please download AHLEI's Customized Textbook Catalog.

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