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What Should You Look for in a Hospitality Management Program?

October 11, 2022


Key Takeaways:

  • A hospitality management course should be reviewed and approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB).
  • By 2028, there will be over 106,000 jobs in tourism and over 215,000 jobs in the accommodation and food industries in British Columbia.
  • It’s important to look into a program’s course structure, learning outcomes, program duration, and mode of learning.

New job openings are promising within the field of hospitality management. In fact, the Skilled Immigrant Infocenter projected that by 2028, there will be over 106,000 jobs in tourism in British Columbia. 

Moreover, over 215,000 jobs will be generated in the accommodation and food industries.

Want to take up a hospitality management course? Consider these factors when running through your top options.



Research the reputation of the institution offering the program. As a rule of thumb, you’d want to pick a course reviewed and approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB).

PTIB is a regulatory body in British Columbia that accredits private post-secondary institutions. It’s also the same agency that ensures minimum standards of quality across private training programs.

Checking these accreditations should be the first step in narrowing down your options. On top of that, it’s  also essential to check the experience of the instructor.


Course Structure

Hospitality management courses have different structures, hence, your expectations shouldn’t be the same. Still, there are generalized courses that are typical of  courses like this.

Needless to say, there will be introductory courses to theoretical principles of hospitality. Moreover, it’s likely that you’ll go over Canadian hospitality laws and regulations too.

Choose a program that covers essential branches of hospitality. This includes accounting, management, operations, housekeeping, and food and beverages. 


Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes define the set of knowledge that you’ll gain after each course. These are necessary to gauge how much and how well you’ve learned about every topic.

Objectives are important to set benchmarks, specifically in terms of grading and evaluation. These will help you determine whether you need to improve your academic performance or maintain your marks.

It can be difficult to keep track of your progress as you complete your program. Knowing this, it’s advisable to organize your test results and grading records as you move forward.


Program Duration

Institutions set the number of hours you need to put in before you earn your diploma. These credit hours are usually divided per learning session each day or each week.

In general, it takes more than a total of 600 hours for a substantial learning journey. This amount of time is sufficient to cover basic to more comprehensive subjects.

Program duration isn’t a direct indicator of learning quality, but it helps when making a decision. Figure out if the amount of time is enough to support your learning journey.


Mode of Learning 

Hospitality management courses can be taken through various channels. There’s a possibility of completing this program online or through face-to-face classes.

Some institutions also offer hybrid learning methods, which are often the most convenient choice. But it still depends on your personal circumstances at the moment.

For skill development, it’s often better to go for a more traditional structure. The learning is much more hands-on, plus feedback is immediate and direct.

Earn a diploma in hospitality management with us here at Eton College! Get in touch to find more information on how to apply. 



Go2HR. (2019, March 13). Getting to know BC’s tourism industry. go2HR.

Private Training Institutions Branch. (n.d.). About. Private Training Institutions.

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