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Certificate in On-site Hospitality


On-site hospitality is a quickly growing industry that includes tech campuses, university campuses, assisted living facilities, large office complexes and headquarters. These operations need talented and dedicated professionals to deliver world-class hospitality. Positions include: Chefs and Executive Chefs, Event Planners and Catering Operations Managers, Café Managers, Foodservice Directors and more.

The certificate in On-site Hospitality is a short-term, 18-credit online program. The certificate was developed by South Seattle College’s Hospitality Management department and Society for Hospitality and Foodservice Management. The program is designed for students who completed their Associate Degree, or equivalent (please see the Admissions and Program Requirements section for more details).


On-site hospitality refers to all the foodservice operations and employee-centered activities, including event planning and execution, on tech campuses (such as Google or Microsoft) that are provided by contracting companies such as Compass and Aramark. It also includes cafeterias and food programs on many university campuses, large office complexes and headquarters (Bank of America or Nike Headquarters), or assisted living facilities.

These operations need talented and dedicated professionals to deliver a world-class hospitality experience to the employees whose campuses they service. Positions include: Chefs and Executive Chefs, Event Planners and Catering Operations Managers, Café Managers, Foodservice Directors and many more.

Best fit?
The On-site Hospitality Certificate is an ideal fit if you are interested in joining this exciting industry with a foot in the door. The practicum section gets students on-site with an SHFM member, where you’ll have an opportunity to learn firsthand about career pathways and company culture and values. Students have a built-in opportunity to shine and show their passion to employers.

For SHFM members, this new certificate is an exciting opportunity to provide professional development to current employees interested in an upward career move.

For prospective students:
If you are interested in working for companies such as Compass, Aramark, or any of the SHFM members, this is a perfect path for you.

The program takes 6 months (two academic quarters) to complete. Students start with enrolling in two 5-credit courses online in January or September, then take the third 5-credit course and 3-credit practicum the following quarter.

Program Sequence:

Spring Quarter:
HMG 430: Sustainable Business Practices I
HMG 330: Process Improvement

Summer Quarter:
HMG 440: Sustainable Business Practices II
HMG 315: Professional Portfolio Onsite Dining

All the earned credits are awarded through South Seattle College, an institution accredited by Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The 300-level courses offered in the certificate may be transferred and used towards other degrees (we especially recommend a Bachelor’s of Applied Science in Hospitality Management at South).

For other academic institutions and Media:
If you are interested in learning more about the structure, launch and data related to this certificate, please contact us.


Types of Applicants:
We accept applications from U.S. citizens, permanent residents (green card holders), and international applicants. The application process is the same for all applicants, regardless of their citizenship or visa status.

Getting Started:
Minimum requirements
Prospective applicants must hold a minimum equivalent to 90 junior level college credits.
Applicants confirming enrollment will provide transcripts and degree statement.

Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency.

Applicants will be first asked to create an online profile and obtain a Student Identification Number (SID) from South Seattle College. This process is online. Once applicant has a valid SID, they will complete an Application to the Certificate Program. We encourage students to work closely with our program manager and advisors to ensure best results.

Application Deadlines:
For April Enrollment, classes begin April 2, 2018. Please contact the program manager today!


Lorena Hernandez, Program Manager
Hana Kabele Gala, Lead Faculty