Tourism and Hospitality Management Proficiency Certificate


Those who pursue a career in tourism and hospitality management are involved in every aspect of their organization's many moving parts. From the front of the house to the back, people in hospitality management need a firm grasp of finance, marketing, and employee management to succeed. This proficiency certificate provides students with key foundational knowledge and skills they need to begin a career in the tourism and hospitality industry. This certificate covers a wide range of content, from foodservice to finances, to human resources and marketing, because knowing how to handle multiple facets of the industry will help students prepare for successful careers. Students may choose to continue in the Tourism and Hospitality Management AA degree as all of the credits apply to the Tourism and Hospitality Management program.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the Tourism and Hospitality Management proficiency certificate, students will be able to:

  • Create favorable guest experiences by using professional service management techniques in a tourism and hospitality business environment.         
  • Contribute to positive team performance in a hospitality business environment by appraising and managing one's own team-related competencies, in particular, the knowledge, skills, and attitudes considered transportable from one team to another.  
  • Integrate human, financial, and physical resources management into tourism and hospitality operations and model the behaviors of effective, ethical leaders by demonstrating the fundamental principles of leadership.   
  • Use professional written and oral communication skills and technology to successfully communicate.            
  • Practice professional ethics, provide leadership, demonstrate personal and global responsibility, and work effectively as a team member.

Program Entry Requirements:

This certificate is open to interested students. Students are required to satisfy placement at the time of admission. Students who are identified as needing developmental course work must satisfactorily complete the appropriate English and mathematics courses as part of the certificate. 

Program of Study and Graduation Requirements:

Successful completion of the program requires a "C" grade or better in each of the courses listed.

Course Sequence:

Semester 1

Course Number and Name Prerequisites Credits
THM 110 - Introduction to the Hospitality Industry   3 credits
THM 112 - Introduction to Tourism THM 110, which may be taken concurrently 3 credits
THM 130 - Hotel Management THM 110, which may be taken concurrently 3 credits

Semester 2

Course Number and Name Prerequisites Credits
THM 180 - Human Resource Management THM 110 3 credits
THM 276 - Food and Beverage Management THM 110 3 credits
THM 278 - Hospitality Marketing   3 credits

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate:


For More Information, Contact:

The Division of Business and Technology, Room B2-22, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8414; or the College Information Center (215) 751-8010.