Formal Accreditation by England, Wales and Northern Ireland Regulatory Authorities for new Institute of Hospitality Qualifications
May 29, 07 | 7:57 am
The Institute of Hospitality (formerly HCIMA) is delighted to announce that its new suite of awards and qualifications have now been officially accredited by the Regulatory Authorities for England, Wales and Northern Ireland - comprising the QCA (Qualifications and Curriculum Authority for England); DELLS (The Department for Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills in Wales); and CCEA (Council for the Curriculum Examinations and Assessment in Northern Ireland).
Designed to support the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) needs of hospitality industry managers, the new Institute of Hospitality qualifications will provide progression pathways in management skills. Approved by People 1st - the Sector Skills Council for the industry - and the Chartered Management Institute, the new qualifications are mapped against the respective National Occupational Standards for Hospitality Supervision and Management, as well as the recently revised ‘Institute of Hospitality Management Standards' (formerly the Corpus of Management Excellence). The new qualifications comprise the following:
Institute of Hospitality Level 2 Business Skills Certificate for Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism
Institute of Hospitality Level 3 Certificate in Management for Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism
Institute of Hospitality Level 4 Diploma in Management for Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism
Commenting on this week's news about the formal accreditation of the new Institute of Hospitality qualifications, the Institute's Chief Executive Philippe Rossiter FIH, said: "We are very pleased - it is anticipated that hospitality industry centres and training providers will begin offering the new qualifications from September 2007 onwards, and the approval process for new centres and training providers will begin in June."
The Institute of Hospitality Qualifications Framework has been designed as a progression pathway from Level 2 (Introductory) to Level 3 (Intermediate); and then to Level 4 (Advanced) on the National Qualifications Framework. Developed as bite size Continuing Professional Development (CPD) units, the qualifications will form part of the ‘National Qualifications Framework' (NQF) and will also meet all the criteria of the newly emerging ‘Qualifications and Credit Framework' - a unit-based qualification framework, underpinned by a system of credit accumulation and transfer. All units within the new qualifications will have credits assigned, once these have been nationally finalised.
The new Institute of Hospitality Qualifications will be assessed electronically, in line with the
vision of the QCA (Qualifications and Curriculum Authority for England), for all awarding bodies to move towards online, on-demand assessment by 2009.