Five Post-Secondary Programs First in Canada to Be Awarded SMART+ Accreditation
OTTAWA, May 2, 2017 - Tourism HR Canada (THRC) is proud to congratulate five post-secondary programs from across Canada for achieving SMART accreditation. These programs become the first to receive this national recognition for demonstrating tourism-related programming that exceeds industry standards as envisioned in the SMART accreditation program. The inaugural 5 programs from the 4 institutions recognized include:
- CEGEP de Saint-Félicien’s Techniques de tourisme program (Diploma)
- Centennial College’s Hospitality-Hotel Operations Management program (Diploma)
- Centennial College’s Hospitality and Tourism Administration program (Advanced diploma)
- Olds College’s Hospitality and Tourism Management program (Accelerated diploma)
- Ryerson University’s Hospitality and Tourism Management program (Bachelor’s degree)
The SMART Accreditation Program aims to provide an opportunity for post-secondary public or private institutions and corporate training providers to demonstrate that their programming meets or exceeds industry standards, but also provides benchmarks that tourism educators can use to assist them in continually improving their programs.
“This recognition is an impressive accomplishment, and we commend these progressive institutions for their commitment to creating programming that reflects current industry needs and provides the type of graduate that will be integral to growing Canada’s tourism sector by providing quality professionals to the sector,” states Tourism HR Canada President Philip Mondor. “A key aim of the program is to promote and recognize institutions that prepare graduates that are in high demand. These are graduates that have the skills and abilities to help tourism prosper now and the future.”
Tourism Canada’s SMART Accreditation Program offers two levels of accreditation: SMART Program status for programs that meet a basic standard and a SMART + Premium Program status for programs exceeding the basic standard. All programs being recognized today have obtained SMART + Premium status. To learn more about this program please visit the Tourism HR Canada Website.
Stacie Travers, Director, International Projects and Education