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Certified Hospitality Department Trainer (CHDT)

Answer to all your questions – HOW IT WORKS

Department trainers must have effective communication techniques as well as knowledge of practical skills. They must keep pace with change, improve their knowledge, and share their experience with others.

The Certified Hospitality Department Trainer (CHDT) designation provides recognition for these skills. Recognized worldwide, the CHDT designation is the lodging industry's highest acknowledgment of professionalism for department trainers in the hospitality industry.

Fee for the CHDT program:
AH&LA Members: $55
Nonmembers: $80

Prices are subject to change without notice.

Fee includes: Exam; Certificate and Lapel Pin upon successful completion of the exam.
Fee does NOT include the Trainer Development Program Workbook (necessary study material for the CHDT exam).

The CHDT designation may be used on letterhead, business cards, and other writings.


CHDT Prerequisites

Who should apply?
A person who is responsible for training individuals for functional skills; has job duties that are at least 20 percent training in nature and include such tasks as scheduling training and development decisions within a department for line employees.

Because individual backgrounds vary widely in the hospitality industry, applicants may pursue the CHDT designation through one of two options:

Plan A Eligibility: Education Emphasis

  • I am currently enrolled in a CHDT qualifying position with at least three months of full-time experience in one or more such positions.

  • I have earned at least a two year hospitality degree from an accredited institution or I have completed the Educational Institute's Trainer Development Program OR Supervision in the Hospitality Industry course (include transcript copy of diploma).

Plan B Eligibility: Experience Emphasis
  • I am currently employed in a CHDT qualifying position with at least six months of full-time experience in one or more such positions
  • Will be required to submit documentation of employment at the time the experience requirement is met.


CHDT Exam Preparation Material

Supervisory Skill Builders is a nine-workbook series is needed as preparation for the CHS examination, AH&LA Members: $109.95; Nonmembers: $139.95.
The Trainer Development Program Workbook is suggested material prior to taking the CHDT exam. This program is designed to develop trainers at the department level: Human Resource Director, Property Trainer, and Department Trainer.
Trainers will better understand adult learning styles, and learn how to prepare for training whether it is with an individual or group. Also, they will learn to continue to train with follow-up.
The Trainer Development Program Workbook offers a thorough overview of the CHDT exam content, along with practice questions. Highlights include:

  • Training Overview
  • Four Step Training Method
  • Learning
  • Communication
  • Orientation
  • Using Audiovisual Aids
  • Group Training
  • One-on-One Training
AH&LA Member: $49.95
Nonmembers: $59.95

To order the Trainer Development Workbook: http://shop.ahlei.org/Trainer-Development-Program-Workbook_p_2546.html

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