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Hospitality and Tourism Operations Management Program Overview - 2021/2022

(Please note: Hospitality and Tourism Operations Management, THM1, is open to international students only.)

Take your career in tourism and hospitality management to the next level with this two-year post-graduate certificate at Fanshawe College’s London Downtown Campus


During five program levels, including one internship level, students get the applied knowledge employers are looking for, through hands-on experience in hospitality management. Students also develop problem-solving and collaborative skills through authentic case studies with leading hospitality and tourism management industry partners and technology.


Upon graduation, you will be prepared for first-line supervisory and management roles such as in: 

  • Accommodations
  • Food and beverage
  • Guest services
  • Tourism and attractions
  • Retirement residence
  • Customer/guest services

Prepare for a global career with your certificate

  1. Develop strong business skills and build hospitality job experience
  2. Gain real work experience during a 4-month paid work term with industry leaders
  3. Practise your hospitality management skills in customer service and supervising in The Chef’s Table restaurant and cafe
  4. Use real-world case studies and technologies to prepare for a career in hospitality and tourism management


Swarit Mishra

Graduate, 2017
Executive Housekeeper, Rimrock Resort Hotel

The Hospitality and Tourism Operations Management program provides a great base of knowledge and skills, and offers a real-world approach that has given me competitive advantages in my career. I personally recommend this program to any aspiring hospitality professional.

Admission Requirements - 2021/2022

Admission Requirements

A Two- or Three-Year College Diploma, or a Degree
Acceptable combination of related work experience and post-secondary education as judged by the College to be equivalent to the above*

  • *Applicants may be required to submit a resume and cover letter that includes details of work experience.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 88 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.5 with no score less than 6.0 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years.  SDS Program Requirements.  
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 70 with no score less than 60 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 59, with test results within the last two years
  • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 176 with no language skill less than 169, with test results within the last two years
  • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 75% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
  • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9 or 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10

Recommended Personal Preparation

  • Above average interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work successfully in both an independent and team environment
  • Keen interest in cultural diversity
  • Aptitude for language study
  • Above average English, reading, writing and comprehension skills

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:

  1. Achievement in the Admission Requirements


Hospitality and Tourism Operations Management-2021/2022

Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
PBRL-6004Internship Preparation 12
This course will stress the essential employability skills needed to begin a professional career in the Hospitality Industry. Throughout this course the student will develop a professional image as it is an integral element to their career success and to the delivery of quality customer service. Each student will develop a personal career portfolio suitable for employment during their internship semester. A wide range of career specific topics will be discussed which will enhance the student's ability to gain successful employment and increase their understanding of the importance of developing a career strategy.
BEVR-6001Beverages, Wines & Spirits3
In this course students study the history and production process of beer, wine, spirits and learn how to objectively evaluate these products and market them in a hospitality setting. Students will learn proper techniques to pour, mix and taste various beers, wines and spirits. Successful students will gain industry certification from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET), one of the world's leading providers of wine education as well as the Prud'homme Beer (Level 1) certification.
SFTY-1075Food Safe, Smart Serve & First Aid1
This course provides students with basic principles of safe food handling, smart serve and first aid. Students will learn current principles and practices of sanitation and safety, government regulations and sanitation codes. Students will also obtain the requirements needed to implement responsible alcohol service. Lastly students will in learning how to deal with common medical emergencies in the work place with emphasis on recognition of the signs and symptoms of medical emergencies and how to create a safer work environment. Upon successful completion of the certification exams, students will receive certification in Safe Food Handling, Smart Serve and First Aid.
COMM-6026Language of Hosp. Management in Canada4
This course helps students develop the professional communication skills, both oral and written, needed for the hospitality and tourism industry. Students will analyze hospitality business cases to devise effective communication strategies, and produce a variety of documents using terminology and technology appropriate for their workplaces. Other areas of emphasis will include enhancing cross-cultural interpersonal skills, conducting meetings confidently and competently, and maintaining professional, clear, and timely communication in the fast-paced hospitality industry.
TOUR-6008Canadian Tourism Industry3
This course introduces students to the Canadian tourism industry. Students will identify the different consumers of Canadian tourism, and discuss how to market to different types of consumers. Students will explore the different regions of Canada as tourist destinations and develop tourism plans for each region, with emphasis on the natural, cultural, heritage and recreational resources of each region.
FDMG-1115Service Intro5
Food and Beverage Operations are an integral part of the Hospitality and Tourism Industry. This course will introduce students to the operations of a food establishment including; basics of service, point of sales system, floor plans, product knowledge, legal requirements and health and safety regulations. Students will obtain essential industry certifications including Smart Serve and Safe Food Handers.
COMP-6047Computer Skills3
Today's Hospitality professional requires advanced computer skills. This course provides students with real world applications of practical and advanced skills associated with word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations. Students will also apply technology skills in collaborative sharing platforms, business social media and Desktop publishing to prepare and execute an effective presentation.

Level 2
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
FDMG-3049Service Practice3
Building upon the introduction to food and beverage course in Level 1, students will develop advanced skills for food and beverage operations. Students will explore how teamwork is essential in delivering customer expectations to achieve business goals. Students will explore and apply: service skills, industry terminology, communication and professionalism and brand standards.
HOSP-5001Hospitality Human Resources Management3
The emphasis of this course is to explore the intricacies of the Human Resources Department of a hospitality enterprise, in particular the various acts and legislation governing employers and employees in the province of Ontario. Students will also have an opportunity to explore their own personal management style. Through problem based learning and real life case studies you will explore the avenues to take when handling the numerous demands placed upon supervisors and managers and learn methods of achieving results through responsible supervision and management. We will focus on the importance of employee engagement this course and how positive, progressive management techniques can ensure success at every level of the organization.
HOSP-6004Accommodations Management3
The course is designed to give the student in-depth knowledge of the rooms division. Students will analyze the hotel environment in North America, strategies, tactics, key performance indicators, industry reports, and current trends used today to maximize front office revenue. Students will also develop technical skills using a property management software system.
PHIL-6003Ethics in Hospitality3
This course explores Business Ethics as it pertains to management functions within the Tourism and Hospitality industry. Important issues will be discussed and analyzed to help managers determine the best decision when faced with ethical dilemmas. Important ethical issues will be discussed and debated each week including moral perspectives related but not limited to honesty, integrity, fair decision-making, leadership quality and a commitment to management excellence.
TOUR-6006North American Tourism3
Students will identify customer hospitality needs. Through research, students will recommend North American tourist destinations, create travel arrangements, itineraries and meaningful travel related customer experiences. Students will apply industry terminology to effectively present, sell and service the customer while ensuring compliance with travel regulations.
DEVL-6018Internship Preparation 21
This course continues to build on skills developed in Internship Preparation I. Students will conduct a job search within the hospitality industry. Portfolio development will continue, with a focus on the sales tools required for conducting a successful job search and developing a strategy that includes employer research, the application process, interview techniques and the acceptance process. Also, there will be a review of worker health and safety.

Level 3 - Internship
Take the following Mandatory Course:
Internship education is a learning method which allows industry proficient students an opportunity to broaden their professional competencies through ongoing mentorship while on the job. Students employed within the Tourism & Hospitality industry will work for a defined period of time, collaboratively with an Internship Coach and Employer partner. This opportunity will see the student setting specific developmental goals, identifying opportunities for growth, evaluating workplace issues and experiences as they pertain to their personal leadership development.

Level 4
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
HOSP-6009Revenue Management3
The Hospitality professional must be able to maximize revenue with space and capacities constraints. Students will explore strategies to effectively manage inventories and prices through various channels of distribution. Using case studies and exploring real-time businesses, students will calculate key performance indicators and analyze industry reports to impact long-term revenue goals.
COMM-6019Advanced Professional Communication3
This course focuses on refining and advancing students workplace communication abilities. The advanced communication documents and strategies covered include presentation skills, research skills, business document writing, meeting and management team strategies, business etiquette, and advanced employment communications. Additionally, students learn about interpersonal and intercultural communication (high/low and monochromic/polychromic context) concepts and strategies.
FDMG-6014Global Perspective of Food & Wine3
This course will look at wine from an historical perspective and follow the evolution of its creation and development from a simple nutritious beverage to a religious symbol to a commercial success to a global commodity. It will focus on the historically important growing regions and grapes and its path from the old world to the new world and its importance in today's world through a culinary and hospitality lens discussing styles, quality and food pairing from local dishes to world cuisine.
MKTG-6021Marketing for Hospitality Management3
The purpose of this course is to provide tourism, hospitality and club management students with an understanding of the basic concepts and processes of marketing in the tourism and hospitality industry. This includes the key elements of strategic marketing, research and implementation, such as customer relationship and behaviors, differentiating, segmentation, positioning and brand, promotion, sales and distribution systems.
FDMG-3050Service Supervision3
In this course, students will be developing the skills to be a supervisor in the hospitality, and food and beverage industry. Modules include effective communication, improving interpersonal skills, decision making, situational adaptation, change management, strategic thinking, business ethics and cross-cultural leadership.
HOTL-6001Sustainable Facilities3
Facilities Management will take the Hotel Management Student into the daily operations of a hotel property. Through the eyes of a Facilities Management team member you will explore facets of successful Housekeeping and Engineering Departments from inventory control, equipment purchase and maintenance to routine cleaning of guest facilities. Topics will also include: energy conservation, grounds keeping and recreation areas with great emphasis placed on health & wellness, safety & security as they pertain to guests and employees.
HOSP-6005Cost Control for Hospitality Management4
This course is designed to introduce the student with techniques (manual and electronic) used to calculate food, beverage and labour costs. The students will also learn to develop budgets, forecast revenues and determine the variances to better understand the financial performance of a hospitality operation. With a managerial focus, students will interpret calculated revenues, costs and variances to improve efficiencies.

Level 5
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
MGMT-6111Global Leadership Strategies4
The rapid changes reshaping business today require leaders who stay ahead of the curve. Strategic planning is what separates outstanding organizations from the competition. This course encompasses a major project that demonstrates the core competencies required for tourism and hospitality management as a culmination of courses obtained throughout this program. Students will research, analyze, apply, and develop a strategic business plan with a focus on leadership and entrepreneurial concepts that are applicable to a global marketplace. Working in teams, students will go through the process of creating an innovative business concept and presenting final documentation to industry professionals.
MGMT-6112Effective Management Strategies4
This course is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to become an effective manager. Students will explore "organizational behaviour" topics critical to developing effective management skills including but not limited to; motivating staff, building effective teams, managing change in the workplace, performance management, and dealing with diversity. Case studies and exercises will be evaluated to increase students self-confidence and leadership abilities.
MGMT-6104Sales & Customer Relations3
Emerging tourism and hospitality professionals must recognize that customer sales and service skills are key to this very competitive industry. In this course, students will cover the key concepts, fundamental skills and techniques needed to manage customer expectations in the tourism and hospitality industry to create customer-focused priorities.
HOSP-6008Hospitality Law & Risk Management4
In Hospitality Law & Risk Management, students will learn a basic understanding of the Canadian legal system and how that system relates to the Hospitality Industry in terms of exposure to different types of Risk. In addition to understanding this relationship, students will learn how to identify, prioritize, handle and manage Risk.
TOUR-6007Attractions & Tourism3
This course is designed to provide an overview of the areas of the tourism industry that act as tourism generators. The role of events, conferences, attractions, and outdoor adventure and recreation activities will be discussed. This course will also provide information regarding public and private support services that are in place to order to promote the tourism industry.
FDMG-5024Service Management3
A manager in the Food and Beverage industry is challenged on a daily basis with demands from customers, staff and owners. This course will assist students to develop their management skill with an emphasis on operational effectiveness. Students will apply their management with a focus on service operations, promotions, purchasing/receiving, inventory control, special events and financial management.

Program Residency
Students Must Complete a Minimum of 24 credits in this
program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
requirement and graduate from this program

Careers - 2021/2022

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program will find employment in a variety of disciplines from the hospitality industry including: Hotels, Resorts, Convention Centers, Restaurants, Tourism Office and Tour Companies. Job titles for potential graduates may include Guest Service Agent, Guest Service Supervisor, Restaurant Supervisor, Reservation Supervisor, Banquet Supervisor, Front Office Supervisor, Food & Beverage Supervisor, Housekeeping Supervisor, Night Auditor, and Sales Coordinator.

More Information - 2021/2022

A Two-Year Ontario College Graduate Certificate Program
Program Code: THM1
Campus Code: LCD (LCD - London Downtown)
September/January/May Admission
15 week terms
Academic Calendars available at
Please note: Hospitality and Tourism Operations Management, THM1, is open to international students only. 


School of Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Arts: 519-452-4289

Program Description

This two-year Ontario College Graduate Certificate program is designed for university and college graduates seeking a career in the tourism and hospitality sector. The program will focus on applied knowledge in the field of hospitality operations within a global economy, encompassing the planning and management of all operations involved in hospitality businesses of varying size and complexity.

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to

1. Identify, select and utilize financial management principles, including cost accounting, management accounting, and audit practices and procedures.

2. Select and implement the appropriate management theory and operating practices, including the fundamental principles underlying management planning, organizing, directing and controlling in a service-driven industry.

3. Utilize financial operating and statistical reports to assist in intermediate and long-term decision-making.

4. Assess the adequacy of strategic and operational decisions through the application and analysis of appropriate financial indicators.

5. Develop a sound organizational marketing plan.

6. Develop and implement effective customer relations; manage guest problems with empathy and sensitivity.

7. Select and utilize industry-specific and generic software packages relating to operational planning and management.

8. Contribute effectively to the development and implementation of management procedures for the supervision of employees; identify and use appropriate organizational behaviour principles and motivational or team-building techniques to achieve desired performance.

9. Identify, analyze, and work within relevant government legislation and regulations bearing on the hospitality and tourism industry, including occupational health and safety legislation, employment standards and labour relations, and contract law.

10. Maintain service standards and address business needs in an ethical and socially responsible manner.

11. Develop, implement, and revise strategic operational plans for a department or business.

12. Conduct meetings and make formal presentations employing effective public speaking skills and techniques.

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International Students

Start Dates
2021 January
Fully Online
2022 January
London - Downtown
2022 May
London - Downtown
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Program Coordinator:

Kathy Butler

Day Time
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
75 weeks