Accreditations and Memberships

The Private Hotel School - Registration in South Africa
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A cutting edge diploma programme of the Stellenbosch-based Private Hotel School has received accreditation from South Africa's Council on Higher Education (CHE). The endorsed Advanced Diploma in Hospitality Education, on NQF level 7, broadens the already impressive curriculum which provides hospitality students with specialised instruction.

"Whereas most higher education institutions in South Africa have abandoned programmes for hospitality management, thus eliminating the possibilities for the tuition of educators in this field, The Private Hotel School has worked proactively to develop a curriculum to address the lack of opportunities in hospitality education," explains Susina Jooste, Director of The Private Hotel School.

The aim of the Advanced Diploma in Hospitality Education is to offer candidates, including educators, developers, teachers and trainers who already have a teaching qualification but no background in hospitality, culinary art and/or consumer study teaching, further education to improve their knowledge and skills so that they can teach in these fields. By attaining this qualification the student would therefore be able to play a significant role in the provision of training as required by the Department of Education and the hospitality industry.

"We are one of a very few private hospitality and culinary arts further and higher education institutions that are registered with the Department of Education," Jooste says. "The fact that we also have programme accreditation with the CHE and are registered with the South African Qualifications Authority is not only an achievement, but a necessity for all students wishing to obtain a recognized local qualification."

The Advanced Diploma in Hospitality Education is a one year full time course, but can also be completed over two years with an online approach. It is structured to address the inherent complexity and multidisciplinary nature of the subject areas of hospitality, consumer and culinary studies that are the main reason educators often do not possess the variety of necessary skills. The diploma's content is made up of subjects such as applied food and beverage management, food safety and microbiology, accounting and revenue management, and leadership and cultural diversity.

The qualification is fully recognised by the American Hospitality Academy whose credits are transferable to the University of Southern New Hampshire should students wish to pursue a Bachelors Degree in Hospitality Administration in the USA.

The strength of tuition at The Private Hotel School, the South African partner school of the American Hospitality Academy, centres on its practical approach, as well as the focus on cultural awareness skills necessary to succeed in the global economy. Students are prepared to successfully transcend country borders in terms of the hospitality industry. Students in the Advanced Diploma in Hospitality Education will be placed at appropriate hotels for an internship period of 100 hours.

For further information, contact Susina Jooste, Director of The Private Hotel School at tel 021 881 3792 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit

• The Private Hotel School was established in 2006. It is a member of FEDHASA and the Association of Private Providers of Education, Training and Development (APPETD) and a faculty member of the American Hotel & Lodging Association. It is headed up by director Susina Jooste, an experienced hospitality professional and trainer.

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"Registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997.  Registration certificate No.2010/HE07/005."


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Certificate of Partnership AHA 883kb    
DHET Certificate 2015 443kb    
Private Hotel School SAQA 166kb    
HEQF – NQF levels 215kb    


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