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Tourism Hospitality

Tourism Hospitality

Discover the possibilities of a career in the broad and growing tourism and hospitality industry.

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
1 Year
$3,515 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Akerley Campus • Dartmouth Full time • In-class Waitlist
Kingstec Campus • Kentville Full time • In-class Seats available
Lunenburg Campus • Bridgewater Full time • In-class Seats available


This exploratory one-year program prepares you for a career in tourism and hospitality. Enhance your interests and passion for travel and service by gaining experience, skills and knowledge in:

  • Accommodations
  • Adventure tourism
  • Regional and international tourism
  • Customer service
  • Food and beverage operations
  • Travel and tourism trends
  • Tourism services

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details

Program requirements

  • You're required to complete industry seminars and certifications, including Responsible Beverage Service, Basic Food Safety and Emergency First Aid, CPR Level A (or Wilderness and Remote First Aid).
    • Additional certifications may be required depending on the electives you choose.
    • There may be additional fees associated with seminars or certifications related to your electives.
  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Work experience

  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities.

Career options

  • This certificate prepares you to work in all tourism-related sectors anywhere in the world.
  • In the next decade, Nova Scotia will need thousands of highly skilled employees, across all tourism sectors.
  • The Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council (CTHRC) estimates 240,000 jobs will be available in the tourism industry by 2035.

Choose NSCC

  • Small class sizes provide you with lots of opportunities for one-on-one interaction and support.
  • Learn from expert faculty who bring years of tourism & hospitality experience to the classroom, as well as strong industry connections.
  • Learn the theory and practical aspects of the program by working in the campus restaurant and participating in local and/or provincial tourism activities and events.
  • You'll take part in active exploration projects, event management, excursions, networking with industry partners and many other progressive learning experiences.

Other info

  • Tourism and Hospitality certificate graduates may apply for advanced standing into either Business – Tourism or Business – Hospitality. A limited number of seats are available in each.
  • Successful completion of the co-operative education (Co-op) credit course is required for entry into the Business – Hospitality program.
  • If you have food allergies and sensitivities to environmental conditions, be aware that you'll frequently be exposed to substances that may affect these sensitivities.

Courses may include

Course descriptions
Code Course
ACTG 1015   Basic Accounting for Managers
COMM 1205   Communications - Workplace Foundations
COMP 1105   Business Computer Technology
COMP 2110   Spreadsheets I
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
TRHS 1000   Introduction to Tourism
TRHS 1020   Guest Service Essentials
TRHS 1030   Food and Beverage Service Foundations
TRHS 1040   Introduction to Tourism Marketing
TRHS 1200   Accommodations
TRHS 1240   Wine, Spirits and Beer Fundamentals
TRHS 1250   Leadership Essentials and Group Dynamics
TRHS 1260   Nova Scotia Tourism
TRHS 2995   Work Experience
    Toursim Hospitality Elective Course Requirement . Students must take one (1) unit from a prescribed list of courses.

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