George Brown becomes the only Canadian college to offer Institute of Hospitality accredited programs
George Brown College is creating international career opportunities for graduates of three hospitality management programs which recently earned accreditation by the prestigious England-based Institute of Hospitality.
Accreditation by the Institute is a global standard of quality that for graduates is a door-opening calling card – recognized and sought after by hospitality employers around the world.
George Brown is the only college in Canada to offer this unique career advantage to current and former graduates of its Hotel Management (H103) Food and Beverage Management ( H102), and the Bachelor of Applied Business - Hospitality Operations Management programs (H301)
These programs became accredited in 2008 following a rigorous examination of George Brown’s curriculum, facilities, and organization by Institute staff.
It joins only 20 other top flight educational institutions in eight countries around the world (including one University in Canada) that have received accreditation.
Institute accreditation allows graduates to become members of the Institute – joining a network of thousands of managers in 100 countries at all stages of successful careers in the hospitality industry. It also allows access to exclusive professional development and business intelligence in this important sector.
The non-profit Institute has its deepest roots in the hospitality industry in the United Kingdom, where it has been established for over 70 years, as well as in other countries such as Australia, New Zealand, and Hong Kong. Currently the Institute has international chapters in over 20 countries.
Questions and Answers
What is the Institute of Hospitality?
The Institute of Hospitality is the professional management association for the hospitality, leisure and tourism industries. The Institute is an internationally respected, standard setting organization that accredits programs worldwide. It represents professional managers in the hospitality, leisure and tourism industries and has a worldwide membership in over 100 countries. The Institute is managed as an educational charity, and exists to benefit its members in their career and professional development, as well as continuing to improve industry sector standards.
Which programs are accredited?
Institute-accredited programs are those deemed to provide appropriate and quality assured content that is recognized as being relevant to the needs of students who wish to make a career in the sector. The following George Brown programs are approved:
Level 3 Accreditation (Highest possible level for 2-3 year Diploma qualifications)
- H103 Diploma in Hotel Management
- H102 Diploma in Food and Beverage Management
Level 4 (Highest possible level for Bachelor Degrees with Honours qualifications)
- H301 Bachelor of Applied Business Hospitality Operations Management
What does accreditation mean?
Institute of Hospitality Accreditation and registration offers an academic establishment the international recognition quality standard in respect of hospitality, leisure and tourism programs that are relevant to the needs of industry and which meet accepted Institute of Hospitality international benchmark criteria.
Institute of Hospitality Accreditation provides a respected quality standard that is recognized worldwide and extends unique benefits to the organization.
Accreditation of programs and the registration of providers are quality assurance processes that protect the standing of the Institute of Hospitality and the high quality reputations of the organizations. It provides both assurance and confidence that
Institute of Hospitality accredited programs are:
- Appropriate for professional career development within the hospitality, leisure and tourism industries.
- Matched to international benchmarks for hospitality, leisure and tourism programs.
- Mapped against core components identified in the Institute of Hospitality Management Standards.
- Recognized as Continuing Professional Development for Institute of Hospitality grades of membership.
If I am a graduate of one of these programs am I automatically a member of the Institute?
No. Individuals must apply and become members themselves with The Institute of Hospitality. Student may apply to become Affiliate members.
Graduates of George Brown College’s Bachelor of Applied Business Hospitality Operations Management program, Hotel Management program, and Food and Beverage Management program are eligible to apply for the Associate (AIH) grade of membership and, following an assessment, may also meet requirements for the Member (MIH) or eventually the Fellow FIH) grade – allowing use of the appropriate initials after their names (AIH, MIH or FIH).
What are the benefits of membership?
The Institute of Hospitality membership benefits come through the enhanced professional status and recognition that the Institute’s name offers, as well as an acknowledged improvement in career prospects. Membership offers an excellent range of benefits including:
- Professional recognition as a manager in a rapidly expanding and diverse sector
- Networking opportunities through branch, regional and national events
- Free copies of Hospitality magazine giving news of the Institute and its activities as well as industry specific articles and commentary.
- Members-only access to e-books, hard copy, electronic and archival materials through the Institute of Hospitality Information Service Online Catalogue.
- Access to a database of specially-selected e-journals focusing on the hospitality, leisure, and tourism industries.
- Access to free Institute of Hospitality Management Guides held in the Online Catalogue.
What does membership in the Institute cost?
Annual Institute membership at the Affiliate or Associate level is currently about $150 (based on the exchange rate for 80 British pounds).
Can I try out the Institute’s benefits without paying a membership fee?
Yes, CHCA subscribes to the Institute of Hospitality's Education Membership Scheme (EMS), for the benefit of all students currently enrolled in CHCA, as well as the faculty and staff of CHCA.
These benefits include FREE access to the Institute's Online Catalogue, which contains over 300 Hotel, Leisure and Tourism, Business and Career eBooks; the e-Journal Collection and the Enquiry Service.
For more information, visit the School of Hospitality & Tourism Management – room SJB H318.