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  HFTP's 250 Question Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP)
Examination Now Offered Online
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AUSTIN, TEXAS (April 17, 2007) - Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP), along with the Educational Institute (EI) of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), announced today that the Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP) examination will be available online starting April 21. The exam for the Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE) will be available online soon.

"This is an important and exciting time for HFTP and the CHTP designation. It is only proper that an exam for a technology designation be offered in the most high-tech, convenient format available," said Frank Wolfe, CAE, HFTP executive vice president and CEO. "By providing the CHTP exam online, the CHTP certification will be readily available to hospitality technology professionals around the world."

The 250-question online exam will provide a faster process with instant e-mail results and can be taken from any computer. A paper-based version of the exam will still be available. The exam, online or paper-based, must be proctored by an HFTP Certified Individual.

The CHTP exam also includes new questions regarding emerging hospitality technologies. Other exam questions cover: technology concepts; specific hotel systems (i.e. PMS); systems rooted in other industries but also used in the hospitality sector (i.e. the Internet); and general hotel management practices. Developed jointly by HFTP and the EI, the CHTP designation elevates the professionalism of both the recipient and the industry by helping to set standards for the field. The CHTP exam was first given in 1994 at HITEC in Dallas, Texas. Since then, more than 250 professionals have earned the CHTP designation representing countries from North America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

HFTP sponsored the online testing for EI's professional certification programs. The sponsorship enabled EI to purchase testing software to host online testing. Besides the CHTP, EI plans to hold online testing for the CHAE, the Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA), Certified Hospitality Supervisor (CHS), and Master Hotel Supplier (MHS), as well as certification programs for department heads, managers and specialized positions such as security and trainers.

For more information on the CHTP or the CHAE, visit the online HFTP certification page or contact the HFTP certification liaison, Bryan Wood, at certification@hftp.org or call (800) 646-4387 or 001 (512) 249-5333 ext. 29.

CHTP Online Exam at HITEC

The CHTP certification exam will be available online at HITEC 2007. Review sessions for the CHTP and CHAE are scheduled for June 25 at 8 a.m. and the exams for the CHTP and the CHAE are scheduled for June 25 at 1 p.m., both at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. To register for the CHTP and CHAE exams, fill out the CHTP application or the CHAE application found on the HFTP web site and turn in to the HFTP certification liaison by May 25.

HFTP, Austin, Texas, USA and Maastricht, The Netherlands, founded in 1952, is the global professional association for financial and technology personnel working in hotels, clubs and other hospitality-related businesses. HFTP provides first class educational opportunities, research, and publications to more than 4,600 members globally including, the premiere hospitality technology conference HITEC--founded in 1972. HFTP also awards the only hospitality specific certifications for accounting and technology ---the Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE) and the Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP) designations. HFTP was founded in the USA as the National Association of Hotel Accountants. For more information, visit www.hftp.org. 

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Contact:

Katy Walterscheidt
Communications Specialist
Hospitality Financial & Technology Professionals
11709 Boulder Lane, Ste. 110
Austin, TX 78726-1832
Phone: 001 (512) 249-5333 (Extension 27)
www.hftp.org

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Also See: HFTP Board of Directors Approves Landmark Changes to CHTP and CHAE Programs; Changes Include Creation of a Code of Ethics / August 2006
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