Length of Program:  15 MonthsProgram Intakes: Summer Intake (August program start)August 2020
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Hospitality & Tourism Management Diploma

Applications Open: October

Length of Program: 15 Months OR Two Years

Program Status: Open

Prepare for a fulfilling career in the exciting hospitality and tourism industry with the Hospitality and Tourism diploma. During this program, you will receive hands-on training in a diverse range of tourism facilities and services, from sporting events and recreational operations, to mixology, culinary theory and everything in-between.

Recognized as a SMART Accredited Program through Tourism HR Canada, this industry driven program will provide you with hands-on experience attending major tourism destinations in Alberta like Drumheller and Banff, and by hosting industry events at Olds College. Management focused education provides you employability in many businesses all around the world.

This program can be completed in a 15-month accelerated program, or over two years. 

Work Integrated Learning: Students enrolled in the Hospitality and Tourism Management diploma program will be required to complete two paid industry work experiences during their second term (500 hours total), along with a final capstone project to demonstrate their supervisory and management experience.

Program Intakes: Summer Intake - starts August 29, 2022

Applications Open: First Wednesday (9 a.m.) of October for the Summer intake

Length of Program: 15 Months OR Two Years

Method of Delivery: On-Campus

Credentials: 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.

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  • "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, Class of 2015

Admission Requirements:

  • 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*

International Students in this program will require a Co-Op Permit, a Study Permit and a Social Insurance Number for this program.

Transfer Options: Olds College 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.

Tuition & Fees

15-Month Pathway

  • Year 1: Tuition: $8,530 / Fees: $4,220 / Books & Supplies: $1,140

  • Year 2: Tuition: $1,510  / Fees: $205 / Books & Supplies: $0

2-Year Pathway:

  • Year 1: Tuition: $5,520 / Fees: $3,770 / Books & Supplies: $1,140

  • Year 2: Tuition: $4,015 / Fees: $1,135 / Books & Supplies: $570

Please refer to the current Fee Schedule for complete details.

* Please note that international students pay 3.5 times the domestic tuition amount. These fees are provided as estimates only for the purposes of budgeting. All students should refer to the Fee Schedule for the most accurate information and all fees are subject to change.*

Tuition, Fees & Payments

Scholarships & Student Awards

Olds College 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 - $1500 for students applying for the 2022-2023 academic year and have a paid tuition deposit by June 15, 2022.

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

Term 1
  • Completed the following:
    • HAT1110 - Mixology and International Spirits, Wine and Beer (1-2-0 hrs)
    • COM1020 - Workplace Communication (3-0-0 hrs)
Term 2
  • Completed the following:
    • HAT1112 - Culinary Theory and Production (1-2-0 hrs)
    • HAT1114 - Dining Experience and Service (1-2-0 hrs)
    • HAT1130 - Marketing for Hospitality and Tourism (3-0-0 hrs)
    • HAT1255 - Global and Sustainable Tourism (3-0-0 hrs)
    • HAT2038 - Accommodation Management (3-0-0 hrs)
    • HAT2240 - Hospitality Cost Management (3-0-0 hrs)
    • HAT2235 - Security, Law and Risk Management for Hospitality and Tourism (3-0-0 hrs)
Term 3
  • Completed the following:
    • HAT1080 - Career Development and International Business Etiquette (3-0-0 hrs)
    • HAT1220 - Hospitality and Tourism Human Resources (3-0-0 hrs)
    • HAT1240 - Introduction to Accounting (3-0-0 hrs)
    • HAT2035 - Selling and Convention Management (3-0-0 hrs)
    • HAT2355 - Leisure, Sporting Events and Recreation Operations (3-0-0 hrs)
    • HAT2450 - Rural, Heritage and Food Tourism (3-0-0 hrs)
    • HAT2490 - Entrepreneurship and Product Development (3-0-0 hrs)
    • HAT2550 - Tour Guiding and Managing the Guest Experience (3-0-0 hrs)
Term 4
  • Completed the following:
    • HAT1170 - Work Experience I - Examining Hospitality and Tourism Industry Operations (0-0-0 hrs)
    • HAT2170 - Work Experience II - Analysis of Hospitality and Tourism Practices (0-0-0 hrs)
Term 5
  • Completed the following:
    • HAT2491 - Event Operations and Management (3-0-0 hrs)

Career Opportunities

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:

  • 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

Admitted Student Information

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

Please prepare to attend 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 portal.office.com
  • 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 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.

For More Information

Our Admissions office can help navigate you through the admissions process and answer any questions you have about your program of study.

☎ 403.556.8281
☎ 1.800.661.6537
✉ hospitality@oldscollege.ca

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