Hospitality Leadership Certificate

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Learn from North America's leaders in hospitality executive training – without interrupting your career.

Hospitality leadership involves you in every aspect of your business’ many moving parts. From the front of the house to the back, you need a firm grasp on finance, marketing, and managing employees. Manage a successful, world-class operation with a foundation in essential industry best practices with skills and a certificate from University of Guelph and Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration program.

For the Online program, you will choose from four elective tracks. The three core courses cover interpreting and using financial statements, leading people, and hospitality marketing. The track you choose gives you two elective courses that provide additional emphasis on financial management, foodservice, marketing or revenue management. Participants who successfully complete the five courses AND the 3-day in person workshop in this program receive a Hospitality Leadership Certificate from University of Guelph and the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University.

Who should enroll?

Students who enroll in this program are F&B managers, front office supervisors, guest services managers, operations managers, general managers, room controllers, property owner/ operators, and those who are transitioning into the hospitality field.

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Program facts:

  • Developed by two of North America’s leading hospitality schools – the University of Guelph and Cornell University
  • 5 online courses offered through eCornell (Each 2 weeks in length, offered either once or twice a month). 
  • 3-day leadership workshop at the University of Guelph (May 2023 format TBD) 
  • Ideal for mid-to-senior level hospitality managers
  • Explore advanced topics in hospitality including marketing, revenue management and food beverage services
  • Fee: $5,299 +HST (CAD) (5% discount for 2+ registrants from the same organization)
Register for the Hospitality Leadership Certificate


Link to full video on Youtube

Designed for leaders in the hospitality industry

If you are a mid-to-senior level professional in the hospitality industry, this certificate is for you. You will connect with colleagues at a similar place in their careers who wish to reach the next level.

Watch Statia Elliot, director of School of Hospitality, Food and Tourism Management at the University of Guelph, talk about what the program offers you.

Video transcript (txt)


Flexible learning

The Hospitality Leadership Certificate is offered with the flexibility of online coursework (Cornell University) + a three-day (May 2023) on-campus leadership workshop. 

Online, self-guided learning

You will start by taking five online, self-guided courses facilitated by eCornell. This will include three core courses focused on team leadership, hospitality marketing and financial management, as well as any two electives in the following subject areas.

  • financial management,
  • advanced revenue management,
  • services marketing or
  • food, beverage and restaurant management.

Regardless of your area of expertise, you will gain new skills and knowledge in an area relevant to your career.

Leadership workshop

The program concludes with a 3 day on-campus leadership workshop, (May 2023) hosted by the University of Guelph’s School of Hospitality, Food and Tourism Management where you will learn from noted hospitality experts from both universities, and network with industry professionals - aka your classmates. During the workshop, you will engage in leadership development activities designed to build your understanding of your own brand of leadership. You will leave more aware of how your team perceives you and where you can create change in your leadership style to benefit your organization and industry. 

Certificate fee

The Hospitality Leadership Certificate costs $5,499 +HST (CAD) which covers:

*A discount of 5% applies for 2+ registrants from the same organization. If you are registering two or more people from your organization, please complete a form for each individual and send them in a single email.

The next class

Submit your application for 2022/23 below. HLC is offered every other year.

Register for the Hospitality Leadership Certificate Class of 2022/23

We encourage everyone to register by September 1st, 2022 to allow enough time to take all five courses by February 28, 2023.


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