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Certificate in Hospitality Studies

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Gain a comprehensive overview of the hospitality industry, a sound understanding of motivators and performance enhancement principles, as well as financial management skills to help you succeed as a hospitality professional.

Advance your hospitality career through engaging learning activities, participate at a time and place convenient to you without losing valuable time away from guests and clients, and network with a diverse group of hospitality professionals.

About the Certificate in Hospitality Studies

The University of Guelph's School of Hospitality, Food & Tourism Management (HFTM) is recognized, in Canada and internationally, for its excellence and innovation in the field of hospitality and tourism. HFTM offers management development programs, undergraduate degrees and an MBA program, all of which can be completed online or on campus.

The online Certificate in Hospitality Studies program is designed to provide you with an excellent overview of the hospitality industry. If you are planning to advance your career in the field of hospitality or need additional formal education to assume greater management responsibilities, then this program may be just right for you.

How to Register

Open Learning Program Students

For your convenience, you can register for courses using OpenEd's secure online registration forms. Once a course opens for registration, links to the secure online registration forms will be available on specific description pages (found in the Available Courses section below). Visit our How to Register page for alternative ways to register and for methods of payment.

Please note that some courses and programs have an approval process that must be completed prior to confirming enrolment. See specific individual course description pages for details.

If you have any questions about registration, please email our main office or phone us at 519-767-5000.

University of Guelph Degree Students

If you are a University of Guelph degree student, please register for your courses through WebAdvisor.


You can take individual courses or achieve certification by successfully completing five degree-credit courses. All courses are delivered entirely online through CourseLink, the University of Guelph's online learning management system. It takes approximately two years to complete the program.

Required Courses

Completion of the following five online courses is required for the Certificate in Hospitality Studies:

ACCT*2230DE - Management Accounting

This course emphasizes the use of accounting information to facilitate effective management decisions. Topics include cost determination, cost control and analysis, budgeting, profit-volume analysis and capital investment analysis.

HROB*2090DE - Individuals and Groups in Organizations

The course serves as an overview to organizational behaviour. It examines the individual, the group, the organization and how the three interrelate in order to enhance performance and productivity. 

HROB*3000DE - Human Resources Management

This course examines the essential human resource function of planning, staffing, employee training and development, employee assistance programs, the legal environment and employee maintenance in a variety of organizational settings.

HTM*2030DE - Control Systems in the Hospitality Industry

This is a study of the policies and procedures required to control food, beverage and other products, payroll and other operating costs. Areas examined include such topics as cost behaviour and analysis, menu analysis, budget preparation and the interpretation of data. The course will also stress the application of analytical techniques. Examples from all industry segments will be used.

MGMT*2150DE - Introduction to Canadian Business Management

This is an introductory course in the fundamentals of business management in Canada. Students will be exposed to the basic functions of business and management. This course will also cover small business and entrepreneurship, forms of business ownership, competing in the global business environment and the economic and political realities of business in Canada today. This course may not be taken for credit by Bachelor of Commerce students.

Equate(s): HTM*2150

Available Courses

The following online course is offered in the upcoming fall semester:

Additional Information

If you would like additional information on distance education, please visit our Distance Education FAQs page. For specific program-related inquiries, please email the Open Learning program Counsellor.