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      Certified Hospitality Department Trainer (CHDT®)

      Certified Hospitality Department Trainer (CHDT®)

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      Member: $55.00
      Nonmember: $80.00

      Today's successful department trainers must have effective communication techniques as well as knowledge of practical skills. They must keep pace with change, improve their knowledge, and share their experience with others.

      The Certified Hospitality Department Trainer (CHDT®) designation provides recognition for these skills. Recognized worldwide, the CHDT® designation is the lodging industry's highest acknowledgment of professionalism for department trainers in the hospitality industry.

      Fee includes: Exam; Certificate and Lapel Pin upon successful completion of the Exam.

      The CHDT® designation may be used on letterhead, business cards, and other writings.

      For additional information, please contact EI'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
      To be accepted as a candidate in the Certified Hospitality Department Trainer program, you must currently be a hospitality employee with job responsibilities that include training individuals for functional skills within their department.

      The CHDT® application is available both online and in a printable format.

      Online Application

      Start by accessing the online application

      • Have the following documents available to upload
        • Employment Verification Form (signed by your immediate supervisor)
      • Complete payment

      Printable Application

      Download the Certified Hospitality Department Trainer (CHDT®) application form (PDF format)

      TheTrainer Development Program Workbook is suggested material prior to taking the CHDT® exam.  Workbooks are available for individual purchase

      AH&LA Members: $49.95
      Nonmembers: $59.95

      Interested in taking your certification exam? Our high-quality exams are designed to ensure maximum value to our customers, and each has been rigorously tested before release. The Educational Institute offers select certifications exams online.

      A proctor* may be a CHA®, CHDT®, a hospitality educator, an AH&LA member association/federation executive, your immediate supervisor or a member of the clergy.

      *Please keep in mind that your designated proctor cannot be a relative.

      The CHDT® exam consists of 50 multiple-choice questions that must be answered within a two hour time period. All test questions are designed to test the candidate's mastery of various competencies derived from eight areas of knowledge in combination with on-the-job hospitality work experience. 

      The key areas of testing are:  

      • Training Overview
      • Four Step Training Method
      • Learning
      • Communication
      • Orientation
      • Using Audiovisual Aids
      • Group Training
      • One-on-One Training