Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE®)

CHE

The internationally-recognized Certified Hospitality Educator certification recognizes the teaching ability of hospitality educators at the college level.

Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE®)
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Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE®)

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As a post-secondary hospitality educator, you need to be knowledgeable about the industry and how it works and also be able to use the latest high-impact instructional methods and teaching techniques. The internationally-recognized Certified Hospitality Educator certification recognizes the teaching ability of hospitality educators at the college level.

This program enables you to:

  • Learn techniques to strengthen students’ critical thinking and motivation to learn
  • Share ideas with your peers
  • Receive recognition for your teaching abilities

The CHE is right for every level of hospitality educator:

  • Novice teachers who need to build their confidence
  • Seasoned professors looking for ways to revitalize their teaching
  • Industry professionals serving as adjunct instructors or lecturers at a college or university

Prerequisites

There are two ways you can qualify for the Certified Hospitality Educator Program:

Plan A

  • Be currently employed full time as a post-secondary hospitality educator, with at least two years of experience in one or more such positions
  • Have at least a four-year degree or international diploma from an approved institution
  • Have at least two years of full-time professional experience in the hospitality industry, with a minimum of one year in a managerial or supervisory position

Plan B

  • Be currently employed full time or part time as a post-secondary hospitality educator
  • Have at least five years of full-time professional experience in the hospitality industry, with a minimum of two years in a managerial or supervisory position

How to Apply

Download the Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE®) application.

Resource Materials

CHE candidates must participate in a CHE workshop, a multiple-day event hosted by a college and facilitated by a master CHE trainer for a group of 10-25 participants. You will receive complete details about your specific workshop when you are accepted as a CHE candidate. Before the workshop, you will receive a packet of self-study pre-workshop materials and the participant manual for the CHE workshop.

The pre-workshop materials include about six hours of readings and assignments that must be completed before the workshop.

Exam

To earn the CHE, you must pass the written exam, complete self-study materials and assignments, and participate in workshop discussions.

Topics included on the exam are:

  • Understanding Adult Learning Theory
  • Establishing a Positive Classroom Culture and Communication
  • Effective Endings
  • Content Presentation Methods
  • Classroom Evaluation

The CHE exam has 100 multiple-choice questions that can be taken at the end of the CHE workshop or within two weeks after the workshop with an approved proctor. You need to score 75 percent or higher to pass.

For additional information, please contact the Professional Certification Department:

Email: certification@ahlei.org | Phone 407-999-8100 or 888-575-8726 | Fax: 407-236-7848 or 407-999-8610

The hospitality industry constantly changes, so hospitality education professionals must continually advance their knowledge and skills. For this reason, certification designees hold their certification for only five years. During the next five years, the designee must:

  • Maintain their qualifying position
  • Earn points by fulfilling activity requirements

Points are earned for:

  • Professional experience
  • Professional development activities/seminars
  • Industry-related involvement
  • Educational services

Other ways to earn recertification points include:

  • Complete any AHLEI hospitality management course online. They provide five points toward the recertification total. View course offerings and enroll today.
  • Earn points for attending any industry-affiliated tradeshow, conference, or convention.

Recertification Application

Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE) - ( Application ) ( Maintenance Points )

A candidate may elect to sit for the exam to earn recertification instead of earning points. The candidate must achieve a minimum score of 70 percent to recertify.

The recertification fee* is $200. Candidates who recertify must pay the fee, complete a maintenance activity form, submit all supporting documentation, and sign the maintenance agreement - agreeing to all terms.

Once recertified, you will receive a new certificate.

*Prices are subject to change without notice.

Please submit your recertification packet to:

American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute
6751 Forum Drive, Suite 220
Orlando, Florida 32821

For additional information, please contact the Professional Certification Department:

Email: certification@ahlei.org | Phone: 407-999-8100 or 888-575-8726 | Fax: 407-236-7848 or 407-999-8610

CHE

The internationally-recognized Certified Hospitality Educator certification recognizes the teaching ability of hospitality educators at the college level.

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