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Culinary Travel and Hospitality Accreditation

Accreditation is a form of independent, professional certification that focuses on schools and programs in a particular field. Accreditation of culinary, travel and hospitality schools and programs therefore assures you and your parents that the school adheres to high quality standards. Which means the programs are delivered by qualified faculty and are constantly updated to follow the changes and meet the needs of the relevant industry or working world. Attending an accredited school or program is often thought to make you more competitive on the job market.Accreditation in the US takes place at different levels. First you have governmental and other agencies that govern and recognize the accrediting bodies. The US Department of Education, the Council for Higher Education Association (CHEA) and the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA) grant power ...Read More[+]
Accreditation is a form of independent, professional certification that focuses on schools and programs in a particular field. Accreditation of culinary, travel and hospitality schools and programs therefore assures you and your parents that the school adheres to high quality standards. Which means the programs are delivered by qualified faculty and are constantly updated to follow the changes and meet the needs of the relevant industry or working world. Attending an accredited school or program is often thought to make you more competitive on the job market.

Accreditation in the US takes place at different levels. First you have governmental and other agencies that govern and recognize the accrediting bodies. The US Department of Education, the Council for Higher Education Association (CHEA) and the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA) grant power to associations that oversee accreditation at the regional, institutional or program level.

  • Regional and Institutional: The US Department of Education recognizes 6 distinct higher educational regions, each of which is overseen by a different accrediting body. This is the type of accreditation most commonly referred to and is for a university or college as a whole, not for individual programs. Accreditation by these regional agencies isn't automatic: this is voluntary accreditation, and some of these agencies may also restrict the types of schools they will accredit, such as only degree-granting institutions. Depending on the kind of university or college it is (e.g., private, technical, etc.) it may also be accredited by institute-type specific agencies.


  • Specialized: Specialized accreditation is a type of national accreditation that focuses on specific areas of study and individual programs. This is sometimes called professional accreditation, because it means specific programs meet the national standards for that field of study. There are hundreds of specialized accrediting bodies in the US.


  • When assessing quality, you can also look at whether a school or program has any memberships in, or endorsements by, discipline-specific professional associations which reflect certain standards of quality, but this is not the same as official accreditation.

    Accrediting Agencies
    American Culinary Federation Foundation (ACFF)
    Established: 1929
    Location: St. Augustine, Florida
    Web: www.acfchefs.org
    Scope: Accredits bachelor's degrees in culinary management, as well as associate's degrees, diplomas and certificates in culinary arts.

    Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA)
    Established: 1989
    Location: Oxford, Maryland
    Web: http://www.acpha-cahm.org/
    Scope: Evaluates and accredits two-year and four-year hospitality programs at colleges and universities across the United States.

    Why Accreditation?
    The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality. Accrediting agencies have no legal control over institutions or programs; they promote certain standards and approve or renew membership of institutions that apply and meet the accreditation standards or criteria. Certain licensing programs may require that you've been through a course of study with specialized accreditation, because it ensures that you have been taught by faculty qualified to teach in that field. The US Secretary of Education and CHEA each maintain and publish a list of nationally recognized accrediting agencies, and most institutions attain eligibility for Federal funds by holding accredited or pre-accredited status with one of the recognized accrediting agencies.
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    International Culinary Center  Campus

    Founded in 1984 as The French Culinary Institute, the International Culinary Center (ICC) is an award-winning school for professional fast-track culinary, pastry and wine education. ICC has received multiple “Best Vocational Cooking School” awards and holds the highest honor, School of Excellence, from the accrediting commission ACCSC.

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    A degree from CTU connects you to what matters most: powerful professional network, real-world professional faculty and innovative technology. Once you earn your degree you hit the ground running.
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    American InterContinental University Online  Campus
    With your busy schedule and the desire to move your career forward, you can earn an accredited associate, bachelors or master’s degree at a pace that works for you anywhere, anytime, 24/7.
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    ECPI University  Campus
    ECPI University
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    Penn Foster Schools  Campus
    Advance your career with our affordable, self-paced, career-focused distance education programs.
    Programs Offered:
    • Travel/Tourism Specialist

     
    Fortis Institute  Campus

    At Fortis Institute, you may get the skills and training you need to prepare for a career.

    * Programs vary by location

    * Please contact each individual campus for accreditation information

    Please call on  844-252-4552 to talk to a respresentative.

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    • Business Administration/Marketing and Management

     
    Auguste Escoffier Schools of Culinary Arts  Campus

    You can fire up a new career with help from  Auguste Escoffier Schools of Culinary Arts. We offer two programs for careers in the culinary industry, including culinary arts and pastry arts.

    Programs Offered:
    • Diploma in Culinary Arts
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    Keiser Univ. Center for Culinary Arts  Campus
    Keiser University - Center for Culinary Arts can provide you with the practical hands-on skills and experience you need to succeed in the rapidly growing culinary field.
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