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Hospitality & Tourism Management Diploma

Hospitality and Tourism

Prepare for a fulfilling career in the exciting hospitality and tourism industry with the Hospitality and Tourism diploma.

During this program, you’ll be equipped with practical knowledge and skills required for exceptional front-line guest experience, as well as leadership and management skills to pursue exciting supervisory and management careers.

Throughout the program, you’ll engage in a variety of industry field excursions that serve to enhance your learning experience and provide valuable networking opportunities. Two work-integrated learning internships completed over the summer reinforce the knowledge and skills developed during class instruction.

This program is recognized as a SMART Accredited Program through Tourism HR Canada.

Work-Integrated Learning

Students enrolled in the Hospitality and Tourism Management diploma program will be required to complete two paid work-integrated learning internships following the end of each winter term. In addition, students also complete a capstone project to demonstrate their supervisory and management experience.


Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will receive an Olds College diploma in Hospitality and Tourism Management. Graduates will also receive certification in Proserve, Food Handling and First Aid.

Program Details

    • 50% or better in English Language Arts 30-1 or 30-2
    • 50% or better in Math 20-1 or 20-2
    • Meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement 

    Academic Upgrading and High School Applicants: Applicants currently in high school or who are completing academic upgrading must submit proof of enrollment and any available interim/midterm marks. Final marks must be submitted within one month following the completion of the course(s) and no later than one month prior to the program start date.

    Alternate Admission Option: Alternate Admission status may be offered to applicants who have not or will not complete one of the academic admission requirements. To be considered under Alternate Admission Status, applicants will be asked to provide the following:

    1. (Required) Transcript(s) showing any completed high school and post-secondary courses
    2. (Required) Letter of Introduction and Intent, outlining the following:
      • Introduce yourself
      • Indicate why you wish to enrol in the program
      • Elaborate on your career goals
      • Detail your experience relevant to this program and the industry
    3. (Required) A resume of your work history, extracurricular activities, volunteer service, etc. for the last 5 years
    4. (Optional) Include copies of any tickets and/or certificates you currently hold (e.g.: first aid, safety tickets, etc.)
    5. (Optional) Letter(s) of reference from current or past employers/coaches/etc. (maximum of two letters)

    *Submitting Alternate Admission material does not guarantee admission*

    Transfer Options: Olds College of Agriculture & Technology has developed agreements with other educational institutions to allow for transition to Olds College, or to another institution to continue your education. Articulations & Agreements

    Out of Province Applicants: Please refer to the Provincial Equivalency Chart for course equivalencies.

    International Applicants: Olds College welcomes applications from International Applicants and those who have completed their high school education outside of Canada. Please note, it is still necessary to meet all of the noted admission requirements, including English Language Proficiency.

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

    Tuition, Fees & Payments

    Scholarships & Student Awards

    Olds College of Agriculture & Technology offers over 450 awards, valued at $500,000+ in scholarships, bursaries and prizes. Thanks to our industry partners, alumni, and friends of Olds College we are fortunate to offer a generous student awards program to students.

    For additional information on scholarships, bursaries and prizes at Olds College, visit Scholarships & Awards.

    Entrance Awards Available!

    Entrance awards range from $250 - $1,500 for students applying for the upcoming academic year and have paid the tuition deposit by the deadline.

    Awards are selected randomly from those that have applied and qualify based on the criteria.
    Award will be applied as a tuition credit to the student's account after the add/drop course deadline, confirming full-time attendance. Not all that apply will receive an entrance award.

    Student Funding

    For information on how to apply for government student loans, financial aid or for help with financial planning, visit our Student Funding page.

  • Course Details

    For course descriptions and requisites, view the Academic Calendar.

    Academic Calendar: Hospitality & Tourism Management (Diploma)

    Term 1
    • Completed the following:
      • HAT1112 - Culinary Theory and Production
      • HAT1114 - Restaurant, Banquet and Event Service
      • HAT1050 - Front Office Guest Service and Operations
      • HAT1000 - Introduction to Hospitality, Tourism, and Events
      • HAT2550 - Managing Guest Experiences and Tour Operations
      • MGT1200 - Organizational Behaviour
    Term 2
    • Completed the following:
      • COM1020 - Workplace Communication
      • MKG1021 - Marketing Principles
      • HAT1110 - Mixology and International Spirits, Wine and Beer
      • FIN2050 - Financial Literacy for Non-Financial Managers
      • HAT2490 - Event Planning
    Term 3
    • Completed the following:
      • WIL1100 - Hospitality and Tourism Work Integrated Learning 1
    Term 4
    • Completed the following:
      • HRM1010 - Human Resources Management
      • HAT2491 - Integrated Event Management and the Selling Process
    Term 5
    • Completed the following:
      • HAT1255 - Global, Cultural, and Sustainable Tourism
      • HAT2355 - Leisure, Sporting Events and Recreation Operations
      • COM1030 - Workplace Professionalism
    Term 6
    • Completed the following:
      • WIL2100 - Hospitality and Tourism Work Integrated Learning 2


  • Olds College of Agriculture & Technology 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:

    • Special Events
    • Food and Beverage
    • Travel Counselling
    • Wine Industry
    • Food Tourism
    • Cruise Ships
    • Hospitality Human Resources
    • Tour Operations
    • Sport and Adventure Tourism
    • Hotels and Resorts
    • Golf Operations
    • Sales and Conference Services

    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 strongly recommended that you come to Olds College of Agriculture & Technology 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.

    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.

    Textbook Order Form

    Other Important Information:

    • Time Requirements: You will participate in 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.

"This program helps students prepare not only for jobs in the hospitality and tourism industry, but for management positions. All the instructors are knowledgeable and always willing to help the students. It is a great experience for people looking to get into the industry."

Marvin Deitzer

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Program at a Glance

Length: Two Years

Delivery Method: On-Campus

Program Intake: Fall

Applications Open: October

Program Status: Open