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Orlando, Florida, November 2013-The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (EI) has revised its Certified Hospitality Instructor (CHI) designation to bring the study materials in line with its new high school curriculum, as well as to make preparing for the certification exam more convenient and flexible for teachers. 

Professional certification has become a requirement for many secondary school teachers and workforce instructors. The Certified Hospitality Instructor (CHI) provides teachers in secondary school hospitality classes and workforce development programs with a solid foundation of hospitality knowledge and skills, so they can more effectively convey the information to students and better prepare them for careers in hospitality. Prospective CHI candidates may teach one of EI's hospitality programs, including the Hospitality and Tourism Management Program (HTMP), Lodging Management Program (LMP), Skills, Tasks, And Result Training (START), or any other secondary-level hospitality curriculum. 

EI has revised the CHI learning format from a series of three on-site summer institutes to a two-level self-study program that includes print resources and online study modules presented by Michael "Doc" Terry, CHE, a hospitality instructor at the University of Central Florida's Rosen College of Hospitality Management. Each level consists of 13 modules with an online exam that must be passed with a score of 70 percent or higher. The learning modules relate to the content presented in EI's new, two-year high school curriculum, the Hospitality and Tourism Management Program (HTMP). Candidates must also complete a 120-hour hospitality internship to earn the certification. Certification candidates have six months to complete the program requirements. No travel is required under the new learning format. 

"We're very excited about the new online format as a way to further enhance training opportunities for our instructors who are unable to travel to in-person trainings, especially our international teachers," said Robert L. Steele III, CHA, EI's president and COO. "This new format makes pursuing professional certification much more convenient and flexible for all instructors."  

The cost for the new certification program is $750.00, which includes both books, the online courses, and the exams. However, because many high school hospitality instructors had begun working toward the Certified Hospitality Instructor certification under its previous format, EI has created a plan to enable those candidates to complete their requirements under the new format. Through April 2014, candidates who have already begun the process can take Level 1 or Level 2 of the new program at a reduced rate of $300.00. 

For those teachers who have taken one or two of the old CHI levels:

  • Taken CHI Level 1 only - must still complete new Level 2, exempt from Level 1.  
  • Taken CHI Levels 1 and 2, but not 3 - must still complete new Level 2, exempt from Level 1.  
  • Taken CHI Levels 2 and/or 3, but not 1 - must still complete new Level 1, exempt from Level 2.

The program is available for pre-order and will be ready for shipment after November 20. For information about the new program, call 1.800.349.0299 or +1.407.999.8100 or e-mail highschool@ahla.com

About the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute

Established in 1953 as a nonprofit educational foundation of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, the Educational Institute's mission is to continue being the preferred provider to the lodging industry, hospitality schools, and related hospitality industries by developing and providing quality resources to train, educate, and certify hospitality professionals worldwide.

Contact: Elizabeth Johnson, Senior Public Relations & Marketing Manager

ejohnson@ahla.com / 517-318-2359

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