Once you have chosen the career that you want to pursue, the next step is finding a school to study at. It sounds easy but it actually isn’t. You need to do some homework to decide which is the best for you.
Research the school that you are looking at, and make an informed decision.
Questions to ask
- Are they a registered education training provider?
- Who are they registered with?
- Are their courses accredited?
- Who are they accredited with?
- Is their qualification internationally recognised?
- And most importantly what are they offering, a certificate or a diploma?
- Do they place students in practicals, or do you have to find your own?
Researching a school will enable you to make the right choice as to whether it is the right school to take you to where you want to go.
Our answers to these questions
To save you some time we thought we would answer these questions for you.
Is IHS registered?
Yes, IHS is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a Private Higher Education as well as provisionally registered as a Private FET College. Registration details are listed below.
Who is IHS registered with?
The International Hotel School is registered as a Private Higher Education Institution with the Department of Higher Education and Training for the qualifications as per registration no. 2000/HE007/005. Provisionally registered as a Private FET College with the Department of Higher Education and Training for the qualifications as per registration no. 2009/FE07/077 (Expiry date: 31/12/2015).
When choosing a place to study, make sure that the institution and its programmes are registered with the DHET and you are not wasting your money.
Are IHS programmes accredited and if so, by whom?
- Council on Higher Education
The International Hotel School and its Higher Education programmes are accredited (quality assured) by the Council on Higher Education (CHE)
At IHS we offer a number of Cathsseta (the Culture, Art, Tourism, Hospitality and Sport Education and Training Authority, is the Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) established under the Skills Development Act (No 97 of 1998) [the Skills Act] for the Tourism, Hospitality and Sport Economic Sector) accredited programmes within our Traineeship and Christina Martin Culinary Arts programmes.
Is the IHS qualification internationally recognised?
Our 3 year Management Diploma programs are registered with the DHET (Department of Higher Education & Training). The Diploma in Hospitality Management and the Diploma in Professional Cookery & Kitchen Management are both registered at NQF Level 6. These qualifications are recognized all round the world. When applying for a job, potential employers will contact DHET to verify your qualifications.
Our American Hotel & Lodging Education Institute (AHLEI) and our City and Guilds programmes are all internationally recognised qualifications. The CTH Diploma in Professional Culinary Arts is regulated by People First, the Sector Skills Council and Ofqual in the United Kingdom.
And most importantly, what is IHS offering you, a certificate or a diploma?
IHS offer a number of programmes. Our Full-Time Hospitality programmes are all national and/or international diploma programmes. Our traineeships are international diplomas and national diplomas with some certificate courses as part of the overall programme. Our Christina Martin Culinary Arts programmes are national and/or international certificate and diploma programmes. We also offer a number of shorter certificate programmes.
Does IHS place students in practicals, or do you have to find your own?
IHS will place you for your Work Integrated Learning. While our students are in Workplace Experiential Learning we monitor their progress and make sure that they are learning and gaining experience at the same time. We have a number of leading Hospitality establishments where we place our students.