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Gain a comprehensive overview of the hospitality industry, a sound understanding of motivators and performance enhancement principles, as well as financial management skills to help you succeed as a hospitality professional. 

Advance your hospitality career through engaging learning activities, participate at a time and place convenient to you without losing valuable time away from guests and clients, and network with a diverse group of hospitality professionals. 

The University of Guelph's School of Hospitality, Food & Tourist (HFTM) is recognized, in Canada and internationally, for its excellence and innovation in the field of hospitality and tourism. HFTM offers management development programs, undergraduate degrees and an MBA program, all of which can be completed online or on campus. 

With a total of five courses to complete, this certificate will provide you with an excellent overview of the hospitality industry. 

Learning Outcomes 

Upon successful completing of this program, you will be able to: 

  • Discuss the importance of the cost control cycle including its effect on the operation’s profitability 
  • Evaluate a restaurant’s menu, pricing and sales strategies, including their effect on various aspects of the organization 
  • Demonstrate understanding of the role of individual level (micro), and group and organizational level (macro) factors in fostering organizational success 
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze and evaluate organizational behaviour information 


  • Accommodation Manager 
  • Hotel Manager 
  • Event Planner 
  • Food Operations 
  • Front of House Worker 


This program requires the completion of five required courses. Courses may be taken in any order. 


Enrolment is on a course-by-course basis and there is no application required. Course availability changes each semester. It is recommended you submit notification requests for each course in the program to be informed when registration opens. Course registration closes four days after the start of the semester.

Complete five required courses. Request your parchment through the OpenEd Student Portal once all requirements are met.

It will take approximately two years to complete and receive the certificate.

The price per course is currently $683.39. Course prices are subject to change and are not guaranteed. The total cost of the program may vary.

Additional Information 

If you would like additional information about this program, please contact our Main Office.  

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