Awarding Bodies

Confederation of Tourism and Hospitality

American Hotel & Lodging Education Institute

Established in 1953, the Educational Institute, one of the finest nonprofit member benefits of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, is the premier source for delivering quality hospitality education, training and professional certification that serves the needs of hospitality schools and industries worldwide. The Educational Institute continues to meet and exceed its education and training mission by providing materials for all levels of hospitality personnel via: online learning, distance learning courses, videos, seminars, textbooks, and study guides.

Professional certification from the Educational Institute is the ultimate distinction of professional excellence for the hospitality industry. The Educational Institute certifies and validates competencies in conjunction with academia and industry experts for over 35 positions in the hospitality industry; designations from front-line to general manager, including the prestigious CHA – the Certified Hotel Administrator. The Educational Institute extends its reputation around the globe to serve the needs of learning institutions and hotel organizations through more than 90 licensed affiliates in 54 countries. The Educational Institute also has an official office located in India, and holds exclusive Hospitality Education Program (HEP) license agreements in 45 countries connecting the Educational Institutes research and expertise to hospitality operations throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. EIs 2010 audited financial statements and 2009 FORM 990 , “Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax,” provides details of its operations and financial positions.

Board of Trustees :

AH&LA board consists of 83 members. In addition, the following organizations are non-voting members, but important advisors to the AH&LA board: Hospitality Financial & Technical Professionals (HFTP), Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI), International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC), International Executive Housekeepers Association (IEHA), and the National Restaurant Association (NRA).

Institute of Commercial Management

ICM, founded in 1979 having headquarters in UK, is now one of the leading examining and professional body for Business and Management education worldwide. ICM is operating in over 80 countries with it’s over 500 Approved Study centers. ICM offers a wide range of qualifications ranging from Accountancy to Hospitality, Travel & Tourism Management. As a Professional body for Business Managers ICM facilitates professionals for their continuous professional development by accrediting training programmes under its Accredited Professional Development scheme.

International Air Transport Association

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is the trade association for the world’s airlines, representing some 280 airlines or 83% of total air traffic. IATA support many areas of aviation activity and help formulate industry policy on critical aviation issues. IATA’s mission is to represent, lead, and serve the airline industry.

Representing the airline industry :

We improve understanding of the air transport industry among decision makers and increase awareness of the benefits that aviation brings to national and global economies. Advocating for the interests of airlines across the globe, we challenge unreasonable rules and charges, hold regulators and governments to account, and strive for sensible regulation.

Leading the airline industry :

For over 70 years, we have developed global commercial standards upon which the air transport industry is built. Our aim is to assist airlines by simplifying processes and increasing passenger convenience while reducing costs and improving efficiency.

Serving the airline industry :

We help airlines to operate safely, securely, efficiently, and economically under clearly defined rules. Professional support is provided to all industry stakeholders with a wide range of products and expert services. Our Brand Values define what we value and how we behave to help us deliver the IATA mission and vision. We all have different personalities, styles and areas of expertise, are at different levels of the organization, and play different roles. But you will recognize us by the consistent way in which we act and behave. We live our values and embody the supporting behaviors to make IATA a great place to work:

  1. We build standards through expertise
  2. We champion the global big picture
  3. We partner for mutual benefit
  4. We act with a simple human touch
  5. “We’re delighted to partner with COTHM and empower hospitality students and professionals through learning new skills and building their credentials. Online courses are unlocking career opportunities for learners all over the world so we thank COTHM for this partnership opportunity.


We’re delighted that we can help COTHM close the learning gap in the hospitality industry and offer a solution to complement their academic curriculum, which will enhance the learning outcomes for students as they learn how to apply practical skills from watching real life video lessons that are in the context of a hospitality setting. It’s an honor to collaborate with an internationally recogized and accredited hotel and tourism management college such as COTHM.”



Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance is the UK and Middle East’s leading supplier of compliance qualifications and apprenticeships. At Highfield, we offer over 200 qualifications. Highfield is regulated by Ofqual, the Welsh Government, the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) Accreditation, and the Security Industry Authority (SIA). Highfield is a family-run business, operating on the core values of quality, value, service, and integrity.  

Highfield International

Learn Travel

Learn Travel is the leading provider of teaching and training support materials and e-learning systems for travel & tourism in the UK & all over the World. COTHM is proud to be an exclusive member of Learn Travel UK in Pakistan offering international Diploma in Airline Ticketing & Reservation Systems and Diploma in Cabin Crew Management. 
The World Association of Chefs Societies, or WACS in short, is a global network of chefs associations first founded in October 1928 at the Sorbonne in Paris. At that first congress there were 65 delegates from 17 countries, representing 36 national and international associations, and the venerable August Escoffier was named the first Honourary President of WACS. Today, this global body has 93 official chefs associations as members that represent over 10 million professional chefs world wide.

World Association of Chefs Societies

The biennel congress is a hallmark tradition of WACS and has been organised in over 20 cities across the world throughout its illustrious 82-year history. WACS is managed by an elected presidential body consisting of the WACS president, vice president, treasurer, secretary general and ambassador honourary president, as well as a board of continenal directors that look after the regions of Asia, Europe, Africa, the Pacific and the Americas. Our programs and different activities are managed by three separate committees, the Culinary Competitions Committee, the Education Committee and the Marketing and Communication committee as well as several sub-committees. “WACS, the global authority on food” Mission Statement: The World Association of Chefs Societies (W.A.C.S.) is a non-political professional organization, dedicated to maintaining and improving the culinary standards of global cuisines. We accomplish these goals through the education, training, and professional development of our international membership. As an authority and opinion leader on food, W.A.C.S represents a global voice on all issues related to the culinary profession. 


Specialty Coffee Association of Europe

The Specialty Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE) sits at the very heart of the coffee community, where thousands of coffee professionals and enthusiasts can share their wealth of knowledge and experience with one another. SCAE also offer coffee diplomas for hospitality professionals. 


Coffee is a huge industry, offering many and varied career opportunities. The Coffee Diploma System allows people to choose the education path that most suits their needs. Six different modules exist in different disciplines, each with three levels of qualification, Foundation, Intermediate, and Professional (apart from Introduction to Coffee which is just one level). For every module, you can gain points for each level of qualification taken, and when you have achieved 100 points you will be awarded your overall diploma. It’s your choice on the modules you take to get your 100 points. The areas are as follows, Green Coffee, Sensory Skills, Roasting, Brewing & Barista.  

International Federation of Pastry Ice Cream and Chocolate

He International Federation of Pastry Ice Cream and Chocolate is an association whose fundamental works are to carry out activities inherent to the development, extension and diffusion of know how, knowledge and experiences typical of confectionary internationally understood as confectionary art.


 It also plays a role in the development of the activity of bakers, ice cream makers, chocolatiers, cooks, sculptor/artists on a national and international level with the aim of ensuring the de fense of social and professional values, morals and also to improve the prestige and image of the whole category. The association has as its purpose the professional formation, organization of events and fairs, the promotion and development of the handicraft sector typical of every nation.  


For more than 20 years, Eurhodip has worked for promoting top-quality education and raising the profile of European hospitality and tourism education around the world. Today Eurhodip gathers some 150 schools and universities from 35 countries. 

In view of the development and internationalization of the hospitality, tourism, and catering industry, it is crucial to match markets requirements (considering it is a market with a very high demand for skilled staff) with the contents of the training program’s on a European level so that future professionals acquire the skills which are necessary to be able to work everywhere in the world.


ICHRIE, a nonprofit professional association, provides programs and services to continually improve the quality of global education, research, service, and business operations in the hospitality and tourism industry. 

Vision: ICHRIE will become the recognized global leader in hospitality and tourism education and research. Values: ICHRIE, an inclusive, collegial association, values creative, ethical and progressive action and improvement of global hospitality and tourism education and research.

Euhofa International

Euhofa International is a prestigious association of hotel school directors and deans of hospitality colleges and universities who work continuously to ensure the highest quality of education in their institutes. The international hotel school association Euhofa International started in 1955 and has grown since then. Today there are 200 members worldwide. 

There are a lot of benefits of a membership within the Euhofa International association: Taking part in the yearly congress with high class academic input as well as visits and insights to member schools, colleges and universities for a member rate is one of them. Networking on an international level, having access to the „member´s only“ section of the website and joining collaborative projects as well as new possibilities for exchanges or special offer of top-up program’s are further options. You also have access to information about the latest hospitality relevant developments in our institutes. Our next congress – the 53rd Euhofa International World Congress – will be organized by the team of ROC Mondriaan, The Hague, the Netherlands. Together with the students of ROC Mondriaan Schools for Tourism, Hospitality and Facility Services, and International Hotel Management the congress team will put together a high standard program.  

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