HFTP CHAE Designation

Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE®)

Demonstrate Your Skills as a Finance Expert

As a committed finance hospitality professional, you want to take the next step in your career. Show your hospitality finance expertise by achieving the Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE) designation. The CHAE certification is the only accounting certification offered by HFTP which is specific to the hospitality industry.

Hear from HFTP Certificants How Achieving Certification Has Made an Impact


"By overviewing all the courses of CHAE, I know better how to make decisions based on figures and financial analysis. There are too many useful tools in it."

Freeman Deng, CHAE
Director of Operations


"I am much better in understanding the USALI and ethics code by preparing for the CHAE examination, which is quite useful in my daily work. So I will stimulate more of my associates to learn and try to take part in it."

Renee Zhang, CHAE
Chief Financial Officer


"My passion for the tourism and hospitality industry led me to pursue the CHAE certification. My journey ended hours after Hurricane Dorian passed the U.S. Virgin Islands in 2019, causing flooding. Despite the circumstances, I completed my exam. I am proud to be a CHAE. Not only is it a great investment and passport to a future, but I get to identify with a group of people that are competent and knowledgeable in hospitality financial accounting."

Kimmora Solomon Peters, CHAE

CHAE Certification Program

The HFTP Certification online platform, powered by Ascend, provides certification applicants with a user-friendly interface, access to a number of study resources, ability to take practice exams which strengthen your test-taking skills and achieve a digital badge upon successful completion.

The New Bundle Package Includes:

  1. Application Exam Fee

  2. Practice Exam 1

  3. Review Slides

  4. Archived Webinars

  5. Podcasts

  6. Practice Exam 2

  7. Exam

CHAE - Certification Bundle Pricing

HFTP Members $675 USD Online*
Non-Members   $1,075 USD Online*

*Bundle is effective January 1, 2020, the CHAE exam will only be offered online.

See the CHAE FAQ page here

How to Apply for the CHAE Certification Program

How to Apply for the CHAE Certification Program

HFTP finance members and industry professionals can apply to take the CHAE exam with the steps below.  

Application Process

  1. Review CHAE Requirements

  2. Fill out the CHAE Application Request Form

  3. Receive application from HFTP

  4. Please be sure to designate on the application if you wish to participate in the CAP program

  5. Review CHAE Policies and Procedures and Ethics Policies documents

  6. File your application with required supporting documents and fees

  7. Determine your timeframe for taking your exam

Downloads and Forms

Downloads and Forms

View PowerPoint presentation about the Certification Application and Policies. More

CHAE Application
Policy & Procedures
Certification Ethics Policy
Maintenance Forms

The CHAE Exam

HFTP's current Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE) certification exam is now available for applicants, and was designed to give applicants the ability to utilize their financial knowledge and skills acquired.

The CHAE exam now has four sections. The current exam features a more global finance focus, and is based on experiential learning from financial knowledge and skills acquired. Exam questions also focus on financial accounting, managerial accounting, ethics, fraud, internal controls and general questions. Updated features also include an ethics and CHAE policies and procedures section.

Current Program Helpful Links

Current Program Helpful Links

Current CHAE Certificants
See our current CHAE Certificant List. More

Exam Format - Current Program
Get a snapshot of the CHAE Exam, so you know what to expect on test day. More

CHAE Review Resources
HFTP offers several additional resources that applicants can utilize on their path to certification. (some sold separately) More

CHAE Checklist
Make sure you have everything in order to earn the designation. More

Uniform System of Accounts for the Lodging Industry, 11th edition 
To order the latest edition of the influential accounting manual. More

Certification Applications Explained & Education Maintenance Requirements
Presentation on understanding the application and maintenance requirements. More

CHAE Certification Maintenance
Overview on certification maintenance. More


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