Tourism / Hospitality Management with Practicum

The two most recent labour market studies in BC have both come to the same conclusion – tourism in BC is a growth industry. There has been speculation that there will be an increase of about 100,000 new jobs by 2020 due to new jobs and current workers retiring. Although this is great news, it does pose some challenges, not the least of which is establishing a strategy to make sure that BC has enough skilled people in the right place at the right time.

If you are interested in working in the accommodation industry, positions as a front desk agent, housekeeper or bell person are great ways to get an introduction to this sector. Along with meeting people from around the world, these front-line staff members have the advantage of learning about the various aspects of the hotel business (and an opportunity to climb the corporate ladder).

For those who are more interested in being behind the scenes, the accommodation industry also requires workers for business and trade-related positions – including accountants, marketers, cooks, bakers and carpenters.

With thousands of events being hosted at BC properties each year – such as conferences, weddings, seminars and so on – the accommodation sector also requires sales, support and event staff. An integral part of any hotel team includes sales representatives, concierges, event coordinators and others who help bring business to the property and ensure all of the events run smoothly.

So, whether you’re interested in being on the front lines or behind the scenes, working at a mountain resort, wilderness campground or a cosmopolitan hotel in the heart of a bustling city – a career in this dynamic industry can definitely accommodate you.

This program offers AHLA (American Hotel and Lodging Association) certificates.

Strong computer knowledge would be highly recommended.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Demonstrate leadership competencies
  • Provide responsible and professional hospitality services
  • Supervise front-of-the-house and back-of-the-house hotel and restaurant operations
  • Analyze emerging hospitality industry trends and innovations
  • Apply critical thinking and problem-solving techniques to make sound management decisions and recommendations
  • Describe the role and scope of the tourism industry
  • Describe and understand the five sectors of the tourism/hospitality industry and their economic impact
  • Apply the principles and practices of guest and customer services
  • Productively use industry software including SABRE
  • Communicate effectively using various communication channels

Diploma Program

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

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Career Opportunities

Destination Coordinator
Reservations Agent
Travel Consultant
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
* Tourism / Hospitality Management with Practicum 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.

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Courses List

This 41 week Diploma program requires the student to complete the following courses.

  • 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

  • Management fundamentals
  • Cost and pricing strategies
  • Sanitation and safety
  • Menu management

  • Understand the roles of destination management organizations and convention and visitors bureaus play in the tourism industry
  • All aspects of organization operations are covered

  • Hotel organization, front office

  • Effective techniques
  • Selling the dream

  • Resort development
  • Economic issues

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

  • 4-week practicum (minimum 20 hours per week)

  • Overview of the tourism industry
  • Economic, environmental, cultural and social aspects of tourism
  • Overview of how industry sectors interconnect to provide products and services to tourists

  • Increase learners awareness and sensitivity of their own and others values and value systems in order to communicate and understand other cultures
  • Overview of culture-general and culture-specific fundamentals and how they apply to tourism
  • Introduction to cultural sustainability

  • Africa, Middle East, and Asia

  • Risks associated with the business of tourism
  • Legal responsibilities of tourism managers and operators
  • Fundamentals of Canadian law and legal systems as they relate to tourism

  • Railways of the world and rail tour terminology
  • Car rental procedures and motor coach transportation
  • Insurance-related to car rentals

  • Terminology
  • Selling cruises

  • Itinerary planning
  • Insurance
  • Tour terminology

  • International and domestic itineraries
  • Airline accounting - BSP
  • Ticketing functions and related documents

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