Hospitality and Tourism Management Program (HTMP)

High school students can prepare for a promising career in hospitality with the Hospitality and Tourism Management Program (HTMP).

Hospitality and Tourism Management Program (HTMP)

Why choose HTMP?

The Hospitality and Tourism Management Program opens a world of possibilities for students:

  • Stackable credentials: AHLEI credentials fulfill the very definition of stackable, with credentials beginning with line-level positions and building up through supervisory, management and executive levels. Skills gained at each level lead to the next step along one’s career path.
  • Career pathways system: The HTMP has clear strategies and supports to help students move from acquiring core skills and credentials for job entry on through higher levels of responsibility and better-paying jobs. They can design a career pathway that best suits their interests, talents and abilities. 
  • Articulation Agreements: Successful completion of the HTMP may lead to advanced placement in college through articulation agreements with community colleges and four-year universities with hospitality programs.
  • Practical work-based learning: A critical part of the program is an industry internship which lets students apply the skills they’ve learned in the classroom through work-based learning experiences. For schools unable to offer internships, AHLEI has partnered with Knowledge Matters, whose online virtual hotel business simulation can replace the internship requirement needed to earn the Certified Hospitality and Tourism Management Professionals (CHTMP).

HTMP is designed to help teachers excel and succeed:

  • Extensive teacher materials: Starting with an easy-to-follow, color-coded wrap-around textbook that guides teachers through classroom discussions, the program also provides direct links in that book to lesson plans, supplemental media, PowerPoints, and workbook activities.
  • Online teacher portal: Teachers are given access to an online teacher portal that is filled with support material and a library of editable documents so they can customize lesson plans, weekly quizzes, and PowerPoint presentations.
  • Customized support from AHLEI: AHLEI wants to ensure teachers succeed. There are professionals on hand willing to provide inservice training through webinars. For large districts that adopt the program in multiple schools, a professional will come out on site to train teachers and help prepare them to use Hospitality and Tourism Management Program to the best effect. We’ll also help you promote the program to students, parents and others in the district.
  • Teacher certification: For teachers whose states or districts require certification, AHLEI offers online learning resources to help instructors prepare for the Certified Hospitality Instructor (CHI) exam.

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HTMP Course Content

The HTMP provides students with broad-based learning on the tasks, knowledge, and skills required by anyone wishing to build a career within the hospitality and tourism industry. It introduces fundamental concepts within different hospitality functions while focusing on customer service and essential “soft” skills that can transfer to any industry.

The HTMP includes the following components:

  • Student textbooks
  • Student workbooks
  • Teacher Wraparound Edition Textbook
  • Online instructor resource portal

The content features industry profiles, case studies and real-world applications.

HTMP aligns fully with the national Hospitality & Tourism Career Cluster frameworks. It also fulfills many state-specific requirements. Click here for HTMP correlations for Florida,  Texas, and Common Career Technical Core (CCTC). For information on alignment criteria not yet posted, please contact us.

HTMP Content

Year 1

The content focuses on operation-level employee positions and responsibilities.

  • Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism Program
  • Hospitality Soft Skills
  • Operational Areas
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Safety and Security

Student Textbook: $80 | Student Workbook with Exam Scan Sheet: $50 | Instructor Resource Kit: $450

Year 2

The content focuses on leadership and managerial responsibilities, knowledge, and skills.

  • Introduction to Leadership and Management
  • Hospitality Leadership Skills
  • Operational Leadership
  • Managing Food and Beverage Operations
  • Managing Business Operations
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Safety and Security

Student Textbook: $82 | Student Workbook with Exam Scan Sheet: $50 | Instructor Resource Kit: $450

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Student Textbooks

HTMP includes two student textbooks, one for each year of the curriculum. These textbooks presents a global view of hospitality and tourism management in an easy to follow, colorful and graphic-rich presentation. Each chapter engages the student through activities and “apply your learning” sections with learning objectives that can be taken straight from the classroom and into the workplace.

Chapters Include:

  • HTMP Year 1 TextbookIndustry profiles focusing on career building best practices
  • Chapter Competencies
  • Terms You Should Know sidebars with definitions
  • Red boldface terms in text
  • Pineapple Fun Fact Box: featuring history, heritage, and future of hospitality and tourism industry
  • American with Disabilities (ADA) Box: featuring responsibilities and requirements
  • Green Practices Box: highlighting sustainable conservation methods
  • Graphics, charts, and diagrams to engage student learning
  • Apply Your Learning chapter review

Student Workbooks

Students receive one workbook each year. This workbook enriches classroom learning with activities that speak to today’s generation, while reinforcing core academic standards.

Workbook Activities:

  • Build student vocabulary and contextual understanding
  • Develop verbal and nonverbal learning skills
  • Reinforce and apply learning through:
    • Case studies
    • Industry-related calculation and formula usage
    • Written exercises
    • Problem-solving scenarios

Student Workbook Package Includes:

  • Scantron sheet to administer final exam (Year 1 or Year 2) for CHTMP professional certification
  • Workplace Voucher for Certification
  • Workplace Evaluation Form for Certification

Student Certifications

HTMP students can earn three different types of portable certification—all of which are recognized by the hospitality industry around the world. These certificates align with higher level credentials offered by AHLEI, opening doors for students who want to become managers, executives, or specialized professionals in the hospitality industry.

There are no limits for students who get their start with HTMP!

Certifications include:

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Student Recruitment

It’s not enough to have an excellent, high quality program. You have to give students a reason to sign up.

There are many reasons your students should commit to a hospitality program:

  • Career opportunities: More than 50 percent of hotel general managers began their careers in hourly, entry-level positions. Most people start at the front line, but hospitality businesses of all variety have career paths in place. Every job prepares you for the next level. In order to manage, you need to know what you are managing. The hospitality industry takes care of its people—they work hard to keep employees by investing in their future.
  • College opportunities: HTMP prepares a student for college. The material used in the program is the same material that is used in Hospitality Business courses around the country. They were developed from the same competencies and the same educational materials. Hospitality schools from around the world recognize AHLEI as the premier provider of educational material.
  • Financial opportunities: Hospitality is filled with careers that are financially rewarding for its team members. Even at the beginning of a career, an overwhelming number of entry-level jobs pay better than minimum wage. Even among those that do, 80 percent of them are eligible for promotion within one year and 100 percent within two years.
  • Portable skills: Interpersonal skills, integrity, professionalism, dependability, reliability, adaptability and flexibility, ability and willingness to learn, motivation, technology, guest service, marketing and sales, accounting, event planning, security, maintenance, and management.

Instructor Resources

HTMP strives to provide teachers with everything they need to successfully teach hospitality to their students. These resources include:

  • Teacher Wraparound Edition Textbook
  • Online Teacher Portal
  • Lesson Plans
  • PowerPoints
  • Assessments and quizzes
  • Student Workbook answer key
  • Teacher Resource Guide
  • Syllabus

Teachers receive one textbook for each year. This textbook presents a page-by-page guided discussion for instructors to effectively lead classroom discussion. Each page mirrors the pages found in the student text, with supplemental information for the instructor. The book presents instructor talking points in an easy-to-follow color-coded system that directly links to lesson plans, supplemental media, and workbook activities.

Icons for supplemental learning materials such as a PowerPoint slide, workbook activity, Apply Your Learning questions, or quiz will appear on the page where the materials will be delivered in the classroom. A key for all the icons used in the wraparound edition appears at the front of the book.

Text Includes:

  • Talking points for student textbook and workbook
  • Background information for key topics
  • Additional learning activities for every chapter such as:
    • Ideas for guest speakers
    • Group projects
    • Role playing
    • Research assignments
    • Activities designed to appeal to different learning styles
    • Access code for Online Teacher Portal (Years 1 and 2)

This Online Teacher Portal makes life easy for HTMP instructors. A library of ready-to-use documents are available in editable formats, allowing the instructor to quickly and easily access lesson plans, weekly quizzes, and PowerPoint presentations.

Online Teacher Portal Includes:

  • Instructions to Teachers on Key Program Elements
  • Lesson Plans
  • PowerPoints
  • Classroom Resource Materials/Activities
  • Assessments/Quizzes
  • Student Workbook answer key & support materials
  • Teacher Resource Guide
  • Syllabus
  • Articulation Crosswalk
  • Learning Competencies
  • Common Core Standards Matrix
  • Student Workplace Evaluation Form for Certification

Instructor Certification

CHI - Certified Hospitality InstructorYou’re already a great teacher, skilled in instructional techniques. But how well do you know the hospitality and tourism industry? The Certified Hospitality Instructor (CHI)  provides you with knowledge and skills to be an outstanding hospitality instructor and launch your students into hospitality careers.

The CHI program will help you:

  • Enhance critical thinking skills
  • Apply course concepts to workplace experiences
  • Become more confident about the material you teach

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Articulation Agreements

Establishing an articulation agreement between your high school and post-secondary schools in your region can encourage students to continue their education. Examples of articulation agreements are:

  • The “Seamless Curriculum” where high school classes are fully accepted by the post-secondary school
  • Credit for high school classes is awarded to students entering college
  • Advanced placement is given to students who successfully complete the Hospitality and Tourism Management Program

Learning objectives for each year of HTMP can be compared to hospitality management courses at four-year and two-year post-secondary schools. HTMP instructors can reach out to colleges in their area (especially those using AHLEI textbooks) and work with them to create agreements that offer their students an academic advantage when attending that institution.

Competencies from the following texts are included in the HTMP:

  • Hospitality Today: An Introduction
  • Managing Front Office Operations
  • Managing Housekeeping Operations
  • Managing Service in Food and Beverage Operations
  • Hospitality Facilities Management and Design
  • Leadership and Management in the Hospitality Industry

Supplemental Material

AHLEI tries to include everything you need in the Hospitality and Tourism Management Program, but hospitality is a huge world and we know you and your students have wide-ranging interests that may go beyond the scope of the program.

We are ready to support you with the materials you need to expand or supplement your program. It’s one of the benefits you have when partnering with AHLEI.

AHLEI is rich in content and training materials that you can incorporate into your classroom. Instructors are welcome to use any of AHLEI’s industry developed DVDs, online training, or workbooks in their classrooms.  Training resources tackle issues essential to the success of today’s hospitality businesses, including topics like:

You can also work with your AHLEI academic advisor to help you find the materials that you need.

Promoting HTMP

We know there are many layers to success for any program that you teach. It isn’t just about what happens in your classroom. You have to win the support of school boards, principals, parents and many other outside stakeholders, and partners.

We have expert staff on hand who can consult with you to offer advice, provide you with resources, and answer your questions. Contact us.

What are some of the resources we can provide you? Ask for our:

  • World of Possibilities Brochure
  • Hotel Cross-Section Poster
  • Career Ladder

You can also share with boards and parents why hospitality is such an exciting opportunity for your students and how HTMP is the best option by providing such information as:

  • Industry endorsement: HTMP is endorsed by such leading hotel and lodging brands as Marriott International, Omni Hotels and Resorts, Intercontinental Hotel Group, Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Aimbridge Hospitality, G6 Hospitality, Red Roof Inn, Crestline Hotels & Resorts, Real Hospitality, BF Saul Hospitality, and OTO Development.
  • HTMP can provide seamless articulation to post-secondary education.
  • HTMP prepares students for entering the work force in an entry level supervisory position.

Workplace Competency Voucher

An important part of the Hospitality and Tourism Management Program is making sure students get practical, on-the-job experience that ensures they have first-hand experience that will serve them well after they graduate.

Students are required to work 100 hours in a qualifying position, which includes:

  • Accommodations: Hotels, resorts, motels, hostels, vacation rentals, vacation ownership, bed and breakfast properties, recreational vehicles and camping.
  • Food & Beverage: Restaurants, full-service, fine-dining, quick service, bars and lounges.
  • Transportation: Airlines, cruise lines, rail, car rentals, tour/coach operators, bus lines, taxis.
  • Attractions: Theme parks, zoos, national/state/local parks, natural wonders, heritage sites

Once they have completed the 100 hours, they must complete a workplace competency voucher. Instructors can download and print that here. Students who complete this experience along with passing the final exams for both HTMP Year 1 and 2, earn the Certified Hospitality and Tourism Management Professional (CHTMP) credential.

What if you live in an area where your students are not able to get internships? How can they earn the CHTMP credential?  Sign your students up for “Knowledge Matters,” a virtual business hotel developed with Marriott International, that models the inner working of a high-end hotel and calls upon students to make the hourly and daily decisions that go into running a hospitality property. Completion of the simulation counts toward fulfilling the workplace requirements of the HTMP program.  The simulation is available through a site license (visit the Knowledge Matters website for license options and pricing).

Workplace Competency Voucher

Current Instructors: Download and print a Workplace Competency Voucher for the HTMP program

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Hospitality Industry and Career Outlook

My students want to go to college. Is HTMP right for them?

The path to a lodging career may include a trip to a community college or university, where your students can study hospitality management, travel and tourism, or culinary arts. HTMP gives students a leg up, as the knowledge and skills mastered during the program closely mirror those of introductory hospitality courses at universities and colleges nationwide.

Will HTMP prepare my students to enter the workforce?

Not everyone in lodging goes to college. In fact, lodging is one of the industries where a degree is not necessary for career success. There are many examples of general managers and corporate executives who started as dishwashers and bell attendants and rose through the ranks because of their motivation and drive. Your HTMP classes will give your students a head start on their hospitality careers.


How was HTMP developed?

We invited representatives from academia and industry and formed a focus group that also included our instructional designers and other industry experts. Much of the content was pulled from our college-level hospitality courses.

How long is the course?

The course is designed to include 360 hours of classroom learning, divided into two years. Year 1 and Year 2 of HTMP each have their own separate materials and are purchased separately. Some instructors invite in guest speakers from the industry, arrange field trips to hotels, and provide additional hands-on learning, which can add to the total course hours. The curriculum can be taught in an accelerated manner to cover one academic year, if that best meets the needs of your school district.

How are the classes facilitated?

The classes can be provided by traditional high schools, tech centers and other non-traditional schools that teach to high school aged students. Community colleges may also find the program useful in teaching an introductory level hospitality course.


Does the teacher have to be from the hospitality industry?

Anyone with a teaching degree or training experience can instruct the program, based on your school district or Department of Education requirements. Comprehensive instructor materials are provided (instructor workbook, lesson plans, PowerPoints, assessments, etc.).

Do you have any programs available for hospitality instructors?

AHLEI offers a professional certification program for hospitality instructors called the Certified Hospitality Instructor.

How do I request the HTMP exam?

Email at least two weeks before you intend to give the exam.

How long do students have to complete the exam?

Two hours (unless they have a disability that would require more time).

Where can I download the Workplace Competency Voucher?

Click here to download the PDF.

All exam processing operations are consolidated in AHLEI’s office in Orlando, Florida.

Please return all completed examinations to the following address:
AHLEI Exam Processing
6751 Forum Drive
Suite 220
Orlando, FL 32821

As a reminder, a completed class roster is required with each class submission.