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Hospitality & Tourism Management Post-Diploma Certificate

Hospitality Post-Diploma Certificate

Join one of the fastest growing industries in Canada with the Hospitality & Tourism Management Post-Diploma Certificate program.

Designed for those of you who have already completed a diploma or degree, this one year program builds on prior knowledge  to prepare you for a supervisory and management career within the Canadian and international hospitality and tourism industry.

Through industry focused instruction, you will develop essential operational and management skills including, functional understanding of front office operations, guest services and experiences, menu planning, food preparation, food and beverage operations and service techniques, tour guiding and tour operations, organizational behaviour, as well as marketing concepts, principles and practices.

Completed through a blended delivery model, this program is designed to help balance work and learning commitments. You can look forward to spending your first term in-person on campus completing six courses, with the second term consisting of two courses delivered online, along with the completion of 600 hour work-integrated learning (paid work experience).

Work Integrated Learning: Students enrolled in the Hospitality and Tourism Management post-diploma certificate program will be required to complete one paid industry work experience (600 hours).

Program Intake: Fall Intake (September); Winter Intake (January)

Applications Open: 

  • Fall Intake - First Wednesday of October (9 a.m.)
  • Winter Intake - First Wednesday of February (9 a.m.)

Length of Program: One Year

Method of Delivery: Blended (On-Campus and Online)

Credentials: Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will receive a post-diploma certificate in Hospitality & Tourism Management. Graduates will also receive certification in Proserve, Food Handling and First Aid.

Post-diploma certificate programs prepare individuals for employment in a specialized role, or for further study. Post-diploma certificates are not a graduate level credential and new international applicants will be required to obtain a provincial attestation letter for their study permit application.


    • Minimum 2.5 GPA from a diploma or degree in a related field
    • All applicants must meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement

    English Language Proficiency 

    The College expects all applicants to meet an acceptable level of English language proficiency of an overall score of 6.0 in IELTS, a minimum band score of 5.5 in each component. We will require official documents such as high school or post-secondary transcripts or proof of successful completion of standardized language evaluation. Full details are available in The College’s full-time calendar or online at

  • Please refer to the current Fee Schedule for complete details.

  • For course descriptions and requisites, view the Academic Calendar.

    Academic Calendar

    • Completed the following:
      • HAT 1000 - Introduction to Hospitality, Tourism, and Events
      • HAT 1050 - Front Office Guest Service and Operations
      • HAT 1112 - Culinary Theory and Production
      • HAT 1114 - Restaurant, Banquet and Event Service
      • MGT 1200 - Organizational Behaviour
      • HAT 2550 - Managing Guest Experiences and Tour Operations
      • MKG 1021 - Marketing Principles
      • COM 1030 - Workplace Professionalism
      • WIL 1100 - Hospitality and Tourism Work Integrated Learning 1
  • Olds College has a solid reputation working with employers in the industry! This directly translates into jobs for our graduates. Opportunities include, but are not limited to:

    • Hotel Manager
    • Restaurant Manager
    • Front Desk Supervisor 
    • Concierge
    • Guest Experience Coordinator 
    • Office Manager
    • Guest Service Agent
    • Food & Beverage Supervisor
    • Operations Manager
    • Rooms Operations Manager 
    • Catering Coordinator 
    • Housekeeping Supervisor 
    • Service Assistant
    • Tour Guide
    • Bartender
    • Sales Coordinator
    • Marketing Administrator 
    • Event Coordinator

    Visit ALIS to find Occupational Profiles with current wages, industry trends and more!

    ALIS Occupational Profiles

  • Program Dates

    Find out when your term start and end dates are, so that you know when you are expected to be in attendance. For more information, please review the Program Dates & Fee Schedule.

    Class Registration

    You will be registered into your classes automatically. This will happen approximately 1 month prior to the start-date for your program. You will be notified once you have been timetabled into your courses. You will be able to see your class schedule in your My Olds College account. If you need to make any changes to your class registration, please contact the Office of the Registrar.

    Technology Recommendation

    It is required that you come to Olds College with the following technology:

    • A laptop capable of running Microsoft Office is mandatory for this program, as students will be using Microsoft Office programs regularly in lectures and classes.

    As part of your student accounts, all students have access to Office 365 for the duration of their time with Olds College. To access this you just need to follow these steps:

    • Go to
    • Enter your Olds College email address and password
    • Once logged in there is a button on the right that says "Install Office Apps”’

    This will give you access to the full Office suite on your computer, for both Windows and Mac based platforms.

    Time Requirements

    Time Requirements: You will participate in numerous field trips where you will get to network with and learn from partners and entrepreneurs in the hospitality and tourism industry. You will also get hands-on experiences through planning and executing a variety of projects, tours, and special events, including a major capstone project. You will also participate in a paid work experience.

    Materials & Supplies:

    As part of your curriculum of studies, students will take classes in both our Dining Room and Kitchen. Appropriate uniforms are required for those classes and special events. The dress code will be strictly enforced to ensure that all students maintain the professionalism, safety, and sanitation requirements that are critical to the success of this industry.

    While the details of the dress code(s) will be explained in detail on the first day of classes, you will need at some point during the term, to have black closed-toe dress shoes, black dress pants, black dress socks and a black neck tie.

    The remaining components of the kitchen and dining room uniforms will be available through the Olds College Campus Store.

    Uniforms will need to be clean and pressed whenever you are wearing it, so you may want to consider bringing an iron and ironing board (if you will be living in student housing, there are a limited number of irons and ironing boards available for sign-out).

    Additionally, students will sometimes be required to dress in business formal or business casual fashion for special events and field excursions.

    Information on other required textbooks and any further supplies will be provided as you attend each class. All books and supplies will be available during the first few weeks of classes in the College Campus Store.

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Program at a Glance

Length: One Year

Delivery Method: Blended (On-Campus and Online)

Program Intake: Fall Intake (September); Winter Intake (January)

Applications Open: October, February

Program Status: Open