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Main Programs and Courses Business Programs Business and Hospitality Essentials with Co-op

Business and Hospitality Essentials with Co-op

Get the industry-relevant training and hands-on experience you need to work in business or hospitality. You'll get this valuable combination of knowledge and skills in the Business and Hospitality Essentials with Co-op certificate program.

In less than half a year, you'll gain a solid foundation in business essentials and then learn about several specialized areas of the hospitality industry.

Your industry-experienced instructors will help you learn everything you need to know about fundamental areas including business writing, bookkeeping, and accounting. You will also gain a deep understanding of hospitality supervision, food and beverage operations, housekeeping management, and other focused topics.

To put your new skills and knowledge to use, you'll complete a 13-week co-op placement in a professional, real-world workplace.

This program has been approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.


This program is 27 weeks in length.
  • Office administrator/coordinator/manager
  • Marketing assistant
  • Accounting/bookkeeping assistant
  • Hospitality Service
  • Tourism services
  • Food and beverage services

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Program Courses
B2080A / Hospitality Sales and Marketing
Students will be introduced to proven marketing strategies and examine how these strategies are successfully implemented in marketing the hospitality services of hotels, motels and resorts.
B2110A / Human Resource Management
Students will learn the skills required by hospitality professionals in managing and retaining qualified employees. Some topics covered include: attracting and retaining productive employees, scheduling, training and job satisfaction, incorporating needs of people of different age groups and backgrounds, and handling labour relations and union issues.
B2120A / Hospitality Facilities Management
Students will learn how to work effectively with facilities engineering and maintenance departments, including designing for food and beverage provisioning, telecommunications systems, and coordinating operations with renovation projects.
B2164A / Training and Development for the Hospitality Industry

This course is designed to teach students how to be excellent trainers who understand the role training plays in the organization, how to design it, and how to deliver it. Students will learn how to measure training as an investment in the organization.

CES4 / Career & Employment Strategies
This course builds on the skills learned in the Student Success Strategies course. It provides information on how to use the communication skills learned in order to make a successful presentation to a prospective employer. Students also learn how to uncover the hidden job market and identify employment opportunities. Self-assessment during this course allows students to identify their personal skills that are transferable to the workplace and to describe these skills to a prospective employer. Students are videotaped during a mock interview and participate in the analysis of their performance in the “interview”.
BHECP / Business and Hospitality Essentials Co-op

A co-operative (co-op) placement is designed to provide students with the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills acquired during the academic component of the program into relevant work experience. During the co-op, students will be considered employees who are actively engaged in productive work for the duration of the co-op session. The co-op experience will provide students with coaching and mentoring, work-site monitoring and employer evaluations. This workplace exposure will benefit the students by providing a deeper real-time insight to the current trends in the industry, allowing them to explore their different career opportunities, and observe professionals in practical work situations. Students will continue to strengthen their experience by acquiring situation-specific skills and identifying areas that may need to be developed further. The institution will monitor both the student and the employer throughout the co-op session to ensure that the experience is beneficial to all stakeholders. At the conclusion of the co-op, a written evaluation of the student’s performance will be completed. Upon successful completion of the Business and Hospitality Essentials with Co-op program, graduates will have learned and should be able to: Apply proper oral and written business communications skills; Demonstrate knowledge of the various types of business structures and how they operate; Demonstrate understanding of the fundamental principles and practices of accounting as a device for reporting business activity; Apply the principles and practices of guest and customer services required in the hospitality industry; Gain practical experiences in the service or hospitality industry.

SSS4 / Student Success Strategies
Students will gain a better understanding of themselves through an exploration of their personal attributes, transferable skills and learning styles. This course will introduce techniques for time, conflict, and stress management and develop interpersonal communication skills. Fundamental study and motivation skills will be covered, preparing students to excel in their program of choice.
EBW4A / Effective Business Writing

Following the completion of this course, students will be able to: describe business communications in today’s workplace; communicate in teams using listening, nonverbal and meeting skills; plan, write and review various types of business messages; communicate effectively using memos, email, letters and instant messages; create business reports and proposals; plan, write and deliver oral presentations.

BES4 / Business Essentials

Business Essentials provides an overview of business management today, including forms of ownership and the ways managers carry out their basic management functions in a skilful and inventive way. Students will learn about setting up a business in Canada, history of business in Canada, types of business organizations, managing the business enterprise, setting business goals, formulating strategy, management process, planning, organizing, leading, and controlling, types and areas of managers, management skills, motivating and leading employees, job satisfaction and motivation, data communication networks, transaction processing systems, and management information systems.
 

AFA4 / Bookkeeping and Financial Accounting Level I

This module is intended to provide students with a general background of the fundamentals of accounting as a means to understand the daily transaction procedures that exist in business. Students are introduced to double entry bookkeeping including debits and credits, assets, liabilities, equities, journalizing transactions, posting of accounts to ledgers and preparing a trial balance. Students are also introduced to financial statements and to adjusting and closing accounts.

B2000A / Hospitality Today
The student will gain the knowledge how the hospitality industry started and the able to evaluate the significance of the hospitality today .Training will include the importance of customer service, along with many soft skills aspects of the hospitality industry.
B2010A / Housekeeping Management
Students will gain a comprehensive overview of all aspects of housekeeping management including quality maintenance, staffing, planning, and technical considerations.
B2020A / Front Office Management
Students will understand, organize, perform and evaluate front office functions that are critical to the success of a hotel. Students will be trained on the importance of guest service, along with the many technical aspects of front office management.
B2030A / Hospitality Computer Systems
Students will become familiar with the specialized computer applications used in the hospitality industry, with emphasis on reservations systems, property management systems, and food and beverage sector systems.
B2040A / Hotel/Motel Security Management
Students will be prepared to meet the vital issues facing today’s hospitality industry pertaining especially to security issues. Students will learn about proven strategies that protect both employees and guests.
B2050A / Hospitality Supervision
Students will examine the role of the supervisor in lodging and food service operations, and will learn staff supervision skills techniques. Specific techniques for effective communication, increasing productivity and controlling labour costs are covered.
B2060A / Basic Accounting for the Hospitality Industry
Students will be introduced to basic fundamental accounting issues and procedures required in hotels, restaurants and clubs. Students will learn the responsibility of a hospitality property’s accounting department, advantages and drawbacks of various types of income statements, and the role of inventory in calculating profit.
B2070A / Food and Beverage Operations
Students will be introduced to all aspects of food and beverage operations and will examine the efficiency of planning, management and delivery of services by dining halls, coffee shops, caterers, clubs and room service operations.
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