Hospitality Operations with Co-op

Build the foundation for a career in hospitality with our Hospitality Operations with Co-op Program

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Scholarship Opportunity
This program is eligible for a $4,000 scholarship. Contact an advisor to learn more.

The hospitality industry is one of BC’s leading industries. Students who choose to study this program will be prepared to pursue successful careers at hotels, cruise ships, excursions, wineries, and various other attractions in the tourism and hospitality industry.

During this 69-week program, students will develop the relevant knowledge and skills to understand the current trends in the hospitality industry. This program includes opportunities for students to learn and practice hotel restaurant accounting, front office, housekeeping management, supervision, revenue management, convention security and loss, and contemporary marketing and sales strategies. In addition to being certified as a restaurant server, students will also be certified as a front desk representative and guest room attendant as well as earn two additional specializations – AHLEI Rooms Division Specialization and AHLEI Sales and Marketing Specialization.

Throughout the program, students will craft employment packages, conduct information interviews, attend employment fairs, and participate in a host of research, contact, web-based and online exercises. Students will also receive hotel industry analytics and revenue management optimization training, which is exclusively offered at Sprott Shaw.

All Sprott Shaw Hospitality Programs incorporate the AHLEI (American Hotel & Lodging Education Institute) which is an organization recognized worldwide.

Why Study At Sprott Shaw?

  • Lifetime access to dedicated Employment Services Specialists (ESS) who can help you with resume and cover letter writing, interview skills, and the overall job search after graduation
  • Lifetime tuition-free access to course refreshers if you ever need to retrain and update your skills
  • Co-op opportunities with recognized organizations across BC including Parq Vancouver, River Rock Casino, Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Best Western Hotels, Delta Hotels, and more
  • Multiple start dates so you can start your education when you want to without the wait
  • All-inclusive program costs where what you see is what you pay. Our tuition includes registration fees, assessment fees, tuition, textbooks, supplies, course materials, uniforms, certificates, graduation fees, co-op fees, and much more
  • Career and professional development success courses to help create a career development marketing plan, learn the cardinal rules of professionalism, and identify the target markets and employment resources for the hospitality industry 
  • Certificates including FOODSAFE, Guest Service Gold, and START Restaurant Service
  • Preparation and orientation courses to teach you how to find credible research, write papers, create proper citation formats including APA, and study effectively for exams

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate leadership competencies
  • Evaluate financial information and financial implications related to business decisions
  • Provide responsible and professional food and beverage services
  • Supervise front-of-the-house and back-of-the-house hotel and restaurant operations
  • Manage human relations issues
  • Prepare marketing plans and communication strategies
  • Analyze emerging hospitality industry trends and innovations
  • Apply critical thinking and problem-solving techniques to make sound management decisions and recommendations
  • Communicate effectively using various communication channels

Diploma Program

Total Program Hours:
1380 Hours
Full-Time Program Length:
69 Weeks
(Includes holidays and professional days)
Program content is subject to change.

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Career Opportunities

Banquet/Catering Server
Events Asst/Trainee
Food and Beverage Asst
Food and Beverage Office
Food and Beverage Servers
Front Desk Reception
Housekeeping Assistant
Sales and Marketing Coordinator
Admission Requirements:
  • Grade 12 / GED or mature student status (all transcripts must be “true certified copies” or originals)
  • Applicants must successfully complete the admissions interview and entrance assessments with a minimum score of 20/40 in the English Assessment and a minimum score of 20/40 in the Math Assessment (with a minimum composite score of 42/80)
Domestic Students:
  • Domestic students that can provide a Canadian transcript showing completion of English 11 or 12 (or equivalent) with a passing grade of ‘C’, will be exempt from having to write the English Entrance Assessment
  • Domestic students that can provide a Canadian transcript showing completion of Math 10, 11 or 12 (or equivalent) with a passing grade of ‘C’, will be exempt from having to write the Math Entrance Assessment
International Students:
  • International students can meet the Math Entrance Assessment requirement by providing an equivalent to Canadian High School Math 10, 11 or 12 with a passing grade of ‘C’. The credential must be evaluated and verified
  • International students can meet the English requirement by completing or demonstrating one of the following three options:
    • Sprott Shaw’s English Language Assessment, OR
    • Minimum IELTS Score 5.5 overall or iBT TOFEL Score of 70, OR
    • Completion of an ESL program from one of SSC’s partnered ESL schools
Diploma Requirements
  • 60% average upon successful completion of all courses, including courses given a complete.
University Transfer Programs

Through our pathway programs, students can complete a Hospitality Operations with Co-op diploma in the first 1.5 year at Sprott Shaw and then pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Management at City University in Canada. Contact an advisor to learn more.

Learn more about our other Pathway Programs here.

* Hospitality Operations with Co-op was reviewed and approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.

Students can expect to complete one to three hours of homework per day.

Courses List

This 69 week Diploma program requires the student to complete the following courses.

  • Describe what critical thinking is and how to improve it
  • Identify reasons and conclusions: The language of reasoning
  • Critically think about the internet (how to get reliable information from the internet)

  • Mandatory schedule of alternating class sessions and work terms
  • Adherence to the program scheduling format is mandatory and is designed to provide the prospective candidate with valuable exposure to language usage in a work setting

  • Computer basics/file management
  • Goal setting, note-taking, problem-solving, teamwork
  • Overview of policies & procedures
  • Demonstrate the ability to use MS Word and MS PowerPoint

  • Interview techniques
  • Create a Career Development Marketing Plan
  • Apply aspects of professionalism
  • Identify target markets and employment resources

  • Development and practice of presentation skills
  • MS Office PowerPoint

Hospitality Today: An Introduction

Introduction to the organization and structure of hotels, restaurants, casino hotels, cruise ships and clubs

  • Motivational techniques
  • Recruitment and selection
  • Supervisory tools

Hotel & Restaurant Accounting

Hospitality Facilities Management & Design

  • Hotel organization, front office

  • Housekeeping & maintenance
  • Inventories

Revenue Management & Revenue Optimization

Security & Loss Prevention Management

  • Meetings & conventions market
  • Food service & service-related issues

  • Basic rules of dining including etiquette and technical manners during service
  • Symmetric table setup
  • Rules of social engagement when serving food and beverage

  • Current marketing terminology
  • Strategic planning
  • Market research, sales, promotion and group dynamics

  • Sales presentations
  • Client relationships
  • Professionalism
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