Prepare Yourself for the CHAE

HFTP supports applicants in their journey toward earning a CHAE designation. Take advantage of the numerous resources and learning tools available to you. 

Online Resources

CHAE Online Platform — Powered by Ascend, the site provides a variety of study material including a review presentation, podcasts and webinars. See overview.

Content Library

PineappleSearch® — Search for a specifc topic from the review slides in PineappleSearch, the only hospitality-specific search engine. Review all articles relating to that topic which appear in the search results. More

Additional Resources

The resources listed below are available for separate purchase:

Subscription: Monthly – $49.95 USD • Annual  –  Member: $129.95 USD / Nonmember: $149.95 USD 
Hard copy: Member: $129.95 USD / Nonmember: $149.95 USD

Hard copy: $85.00 USD

Electronic version: $67.00 USD
Hard copy version: $110.95 USD

Certification Advisory Program (CAP)

The Certification Advisory Program pairs candidates with an experienced advisor to provide one-on-one exam review and continued career support. More

Ready to Go

Exam Checklist

Be sure to complete these steps as you ready for the exam.

  • Request transcripts – copies are acceptable, as well as a digital photo of your diploma.
  • Request two letters of recommendation from your colleagues.
  • Ask employer(s) to complete and sign Certificate of Experience (Form 6-4).
  • If needed, request Educational Point Requirement Certifications for any non-HFTP events for which you do not have proof of participation.
  • Complete the Application for Examination and Summary of Earned Points. Be sure to indicate your choice of exam date. If you do not know when you wish to take the exam, you may check undecided.
  • Notify the Certification Manager at least 10 business days prior to the date of the exam.
  • Sign and return the Ethics Agreement.
  • Payment of examination fees.*
  • Return the application and documents needed to apply in a single packet, or you may scan and email them to the Certification Manager.

We offer both PRIVATE and PUBLIC exams for convenience!

*HFTP will accept checks, wire tranfers and credit cards for examination fees. If paying by credit card, include all information from the card to include: Name on the card, card type, expiry date, card number, and the three (3) digit security number (CSC, CVS number).

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