International Hotel School seeks to quality assure its programmes through membership of a number of bodies, both educational and professional, who have an interest in promoting high standards within the hospitality industry. Our courses are both nationally and internationally accredited, and we believe that learning should be reinforced with practical training in the workplace (work integrated learning).

Local Accreditations

The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET)

International Hotel School is registered as a Private Higher Education Institution with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) for the programmes as per Registration No: 2000/HE07/005. International Hotel School is provisionally registered as a Private College with DHET for the qualifications as per Registration No: 2009/FE07/077.

Council on Higher Education

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 Sector Education and Training Authority), accredited programmes within our Traineeship and Culinary Arts programmes. Cathsseta 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.


All qualifications in South Africa need to be registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). Our full-time Diploma programmes and Our Higher Certificate programmes are registered with SAQA. (Look up International Hotel School as an accredited provider in this search link), as our CATHSSETA courses.

International Standards, International Recognition

The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute

The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI), founded in 1953, has been teaching leaders in the hospitality industry for over 60 years. International Hotel School, through AHLEI, has access to a wide range of learning materials that show students how to transfer the knowledge gained in the classroom to the workplace. As the only hotel school in South Africa whose diplomas are recognised by the AHLEI, our graduates are highly sought after by leading hospitality establishments, both locally and internationally.


City & Guilds

City & Guilds of London was founded in 1878 and has been at the forefront of technical and vocation education ever since. City & Guilds creates relevant qualifications that help people gain the skills that employer’s value. Their qualifications and flexible learning options enable people to unlock their potential and progress in their careers. More than 500 qualifications have been developed in conjunction with key organisations in 28 industries. This is why they are recognised by employers worldwide. Their qualifications are delivered by colleges, training providers and employers. They are available at all levels, from entry-level to the equivalent of a post-graduate degree and offer clear pathways to career progression. All of International Hotel School physical campuses are City & Guilds centres.

Confederation of Tourism & Hospitality

The Confederation of Tourism & Hospitality (CTH) is the UK’s leading professional awarding body for qualifications in the specialist growing hospitality and tourism sector worldwide.

Over the last 30 years CTH has focused on developing and adding value to careers in the industry, globally. CTH was established in 1982 as a specialist professional body in the UK to focus on the training needs of new entrants to the hospitality and tourism industries and now has accredited colleges worldwide delivering sought after CTH qualifications.

CTH ensures its quality through its approved status with Ofqual and the QCA’s UK accredited qualification framework. All qualifications are developed in conjunction with the UK Sector Skills Council, People1st, to ensure relevance, value and quality. This approach guarantees that CTH qualifications are valued by employers throughout the world.

International Hotel School is a CTH approved training centre and their Diploma in Professional Culinary Arts has been designed in partnership with Gordon Ramsay’s Tante Marie Culinary Academy.