Hospitality Accreditation

Accreditation is a standard of excellence by which schools are measured. By attending an accredited school, you improve your chances of securing work in one of the many hospitality careers available. Employers want to know their prospective employees have been trained at a certain level of quality. “Even if getting a job with a degree is not a priority,” stated the Guide to Online Schools website, “accreditation ensures that a school is meeting standards set by experts in their field.”

There are two main types of accreditation: institutional and specialized, or programmatic. Institutional accreditation relates to the school as a whole, and helps demonstrate that all of the school’s operations are helping it achieve its objectives. Specialized or programmatic accreditation relates to a particular program or department at that school. During the accreditation process, the accrediting agency reviews the curriculum and programs and determines whether to give its seal of approval.

Accrediting agencies are non-profit entities created to review education programs. There are many such agencies in the country, but only a few are recognized by the major governing bodies of the accreditation process, according to the Guide to Online Schools.

While accreditation is not required for schools in the United States, it’s highly recommended for students to attend an accredited institution. After you verify your prospective school’s accreditation, see that the accrediting agency is legitimate as well. Accrediting agencies, themselves, are checked for quality by organizations such as the Council for Higher Education (CHEA), Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA) and the U.S. Department of Education.

The U.S. Department of Education has reported that it does not accredit institutions. However, it does post a listing of accredited educational institutions and recognized accrediting agencies on its website at:

Last Updated: 05/23/2014


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