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Tourism Hospitality

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

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Start Date:
September
Typical Length:
1 Year
Credential:
Certificate

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Overview

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

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.

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.

September 2020

Campus Location Full time/part time Delivery Availability
Akerley Campus Dartmouth Full time Online (scheduled)Online (scheduled)
Complete your program fully online through a variety of learning experiences, including scheduled ​class sessions.
Waitlist This program location has a multi-year waitlist. Contact Admissions for more information.
Kingstec Campus Kentville Full time Online (scheduled)Online (scheduled)
Complete your program fully online through a variety of learning experiences, including scheduled ​class sessions.
Waitlist
Lunenburg Campus Bridgewater Full time Online (scheduled)Online (scheduled)
Complete your program fully online through a variety of learning experiences, including scheduled ​class sessions.
Seats available

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

Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.

Tuition (Domestic):
$3,515
Tuition (International):
$11,350

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 amounts on these pages are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

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.

Courses may include

These are some of the courses offered in this program. It is not a complete list and courses are subject to change in advance of the academic year.

ACTG 1015 - Basic Accounting for Managers
This course introduces learners to the role that accounting plays in the managerial decision making process. Learners will have an opportunity to create financial statements and learn how business decisions are influenced from a financial perspective.

COMM 1205 - Communications - Workplace Foundations
Ideas and plans are rarely successful when they are not well communicated. Through this course, students will review the fundamentals for effective English communication in the workplace and obtain an introduction to Portfolio.

COMP 1105 - Business Computer Technology
This course provides students with an introduction to acceptable practices and uses of the computer, including the role of social media in Business. It provides the foundation for using computers that will contribute to success in both the Business Administration program and future careers. This course is accepted toward certification with the Canadian Institute of Bookkeeping (CIB).

COMP 2110 - Spreadsheets I
This course introduces the student to electronic spreadsheets including their design and creation. Formulae and functions will be used to perform calculations on the spreadsheet data providing business solutions. Students will apply formatting skills to enhance the appearance and clarity of printed spreadsheets as well as using graphs to represent spreadsheet data. This course is accepted toward certification with the Canadian Institute of Bookkeeping (CIB). This course cannot be used to fulfill an elective requirement for students in Office Administration.

TRHS 1000 - Introduction to Tourism
The learner will explore regional as well as global issues and trends in tourism. This exploration will begin with an examination of the Nova Scotia tourism sector, how it operates and what roles the learner may wish to pursue for further study and employment. This course will also focus on the economic, socio-cultural and environmental impact of tourism and tourism development from a national and global perspective.

TRHS 1020 - Guest Service Essentials
Tourism is a service based industry. This course is aimed at identifying and applying service techniques that consistently meet industry standards and customer needs. Service excellence is an integral part of attracting and retaining customers. Industry standards and personal management skills will be examined and applied.

TRHS 1030 - Food and Beverage Service Foundations
In this course, learners will gain a basic understanding of the principles of food and beverage operations. Using an applied approach, learners will explore service styles, bartending skills and a variety of foodservice operations.

TRHS 1040 - Introduction to Tourism Marketing
In this course, learners will explore consumer behaviour, marketing research, branding and consumer travel trends, as well as unique aspects of the tourism industry. Learners will also be introduced to marketing strategies and opportunities in the context of social media.

TRHS 1200 - Accommodations
This course is designed to provide the learner with an understanding of roles, contributions and responsibilities of the various departments in the successful operation of a hotel, resort, or inn. Learners will practice systems, procedures and communication techniques that ensure professional guest service throughout the guest cycle.

TRHS 1240 - Wine, Spirits and Beer Fundamentals
This course is an introduction to a variety of beverages and their production. Topics will include new trends in the beverage industry, wine producing regions of Nova Scotia and beyond, and food and beverage pairing.

TRHS 1250 - Leadership Essentials and Group Dynamics
In this course, you will explore the role of leadership within tourism and hospitality industries with an emphasis on strategic management. You will develop an awareness of the characteristics needed to be a successful leader. Topics will include leadership styles, group dynamics and conflict resolution.

TRHS 1260 - Nova Scotia Tourism
This course introduces the learner to Nova Scotia's environments, natural and cultural history, and their influences on provincial tourism. Using an applied learning approach, learners will also explore the principles of guiding and interpretation.

TRHS 2995 - Work Experience
The work experience component provides the learner with an opportunity to apply new skills and concepts appropriate for entry-level positions within the occupation. Learners will assess their own performance and be evaluated by an industry partner. Learners will identify personal outcomes they wish to attain during the work experience and will keep a journal. This is a course of 175 hours spread over five weeks.

Toursim Hospitality Elective Course Requirement . Students must take one (1) unit from a prescribed list of courses.

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