Discover effective instructional methods that can energize your teaching and help your students excel! The Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE®)  program, the only professional development opportunity designed for postsecondary hospitality educators around the world, enables you to:

  • Strengthen students' critical thinking and motivation to learn
  • Share ideas with your peers
  • Receive recognition for your teaching abilities from students, colleagues, and the industry

The CHE® is right for every level of hospitality educator:

  • Novice teachers who need to build their confidence
  • Seasoned professors looking for ways to revitalize their teaching
  • Industry professionals serving as adjunct instructors or lecturers at a college or university


In the U.S., Canada, and Mexico: $600.00
All other countries: $650.00

Fee includes: CHE® Pre-Workshop and Workshop Materials, Exam. Certificate and Lapel Pin upon successful completion of the exam.


Once certified, designees are automatically enrolled in the CHE® Recertification Program, which recognizes and rewards continuing efforts toward hospitality career growth. A portfolio to help track professional-development activities is provided. Every five years, the Certification Commission will recertify those who qualify based on their accomplishments. A new certificate is awarded at the time of each recertification.

Recommended by:
International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education  (ICHRIE)
Club Managers Association of America  (CMAA)
American Culinary Federation  (ACF)

For additional information, please contact AHLEI's Professional Certification Department:
email: certification@ahla.com  | Phone +1.407.999.8100 or 1.888.575.8726 | Fax: +1.407.236.7848 or +1.407.999.8610


The Certified Hospitality Educator is designed for instructors and professors in college and university hospitality programs. Candidates can meet the eligibility requirements in one of two ways.

Plan A

  • Be currently employed full time as a post-secondary hospitality educator, with at least two years of experience in one or more such positions
  • Have at least a four year degree or international diploma from an approved institution
  • Have at least two years of full-time professional experience in the hospitality industry, with a minimum of one year in a managerial or supervisory position 

Plan B

  • Be currently employed full time or part time as a post-secondary hospitality educator
  • Have at least five years of full-time professional experience in the hospitality industry, with a minimum of two years in a managerial or supervisory position

Printable Application

Download Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE®) application  (PDF format)

  • Submit the following documents  
    • Current Resume
    • Job Description
    • Employment Verification Form (signed by your immediate supervisor)
    • Workshop Selection
  • Complete payment

Exam Preparation Materials

CHE® candidates will receive a packet of self-study pre-workshop materials and the participant manual for the CHE® workshop. The pre-workshop materials include approximately six hours of readings and assignments that must be completed prior to attending the workshop. The participant manual includes the material that will be taught during the workshop.

The CHE® will be awarded based upon the candidate's self-study materials and assignments, participation in workshop discussions, results of the written exam. 

Topics covered on the exam include:

  • Understanding Adult Learning Theory
  • Establishing a Positive Classroom Culture and Communication
  • Effective Endings
  • Content Presentation Methods
  • Interactive Teaching Methods
  • Classroom Evaluation

The CHE® exam is a 100-question multiple choice exam that can be taken at the conclusion of the CHE® workshop, or within two weeks after the workshop with an approved proctor. A score of 75% is required to pass.

Hosting a CHE® workshop at your college or university is an excellent way to encourage your faculty to pursue certification. And by opening the workshop to faculty members from other colleges in your region, you can provide valuable opportunities for networking and professional development.

Minimum workshop enrollment - 12
Maximum workshop enrollment - 25
More than 18 candidates in the workshop will require a second instructor.

Costs for instructor's honorarium, travel, room and board, and incidentals are shared between the Educational Institute and the host school.

The workshop can be open or closed to outside schools.

Select dates that will be good for both the candidates and the school. Please ensure that the dates selected are at least four to six months out. This is to ensure that there is ample time to market the workshop as well as give the attendees time to enroll. Once dates have been selected, please contact the certification department at +1.407.999.8100 or 1.888.575.8726 or e-mail certification@ahla.com.

The class coordinator will then draft a contract with the dates requested.

Upon acceptance of the terms of the Host contract, please sign the contract and forward back to the attention of the AHLEI Certification Class Coordinator.

Assign a coordinator from your school to assist in the process, be available to the instructor, and work with the Certification Class Coordinator.

Secure the classroom space at your school, as well as a breakout room.

Have the room available to the instructor the day before the class for set-up.


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