Hospitality certification provides recognition of mastery of professional knowledge and skills at every level of your hospitality career. AHLEI provides the study materials and administers the certification process for nearly 30 certification designations trademarked by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA).

You’re good at your job. Through hard work, training, learning, and experience, you’ve gained the skills and knowledge that make you stand out among your peers. Whether you work in a line-level position, are the hotel general manager, or anywhere in between, you create the experiences that keep guests coming back to your property.

At AHLEI, we want to help you get the recognition your skills and talent deserve. We offer study materials and exams for more than 20 professional certifications endorsed by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA).

With certifications for every step along your career path, it’s easy to create a professional development plan that grows with you.

Find the right certification for your career path and apply today. View the full certification grid.


Get Recertified

The hospitality industry constantly changes, so hospitality professionals must continually advance their knowledge and skills. For this reason, certification designees hold their certification for only five years.

During the next five years, the designee must:

  • Maintain their qualifying position within the industry
  • Earn points by fulfilling activity requirements

Points are earned for:

  • Professional experience
  • Professional development activities/seminars
  • Industry-related involvement
  • Educational services

Other ways to earn recertification points include:

  • Complete any AHLEI hospitality management course online. They provide five points toward the recertification total.
  • Earn points for attending any industry-affiliated tradeshow, conference, or convention.

More good news? There are free courses that count toward certification

Schneider Electric’s Energy Education University offers many free courses that count as education points toward recertification for the following designations:



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