HFTP Certificates

Certificates provide valuable instruction, training and most importantly, recognition of a specific practice or skillset. Upon successful completion of a certificate course, registrants will receive a digital badge recognizing their achievement.

Benchmarking Certificate

The course emphasis connects benchmarking as an essential tool for any profitability tool chest. Each course module is organized to explain the concepts and provide practical applications, incorporating these concepts into daily, weekly or monthly analysis.

A special feature: HotStats, a well-known hospitality data provider, has collaborated with HFTP and Ascend to add real-world examples of applications. Using fictional hotels but actual data, reporting examples will be incorporated to allow for immediate application of new skills within your own organization.

Areas of concentration:

  • Basics of Operational Benchmarking

  • (KPIs) Meet the KPIs and Indices

  • My Hotel's P&L

  • Choosing the Proper Competitive (Comp) Set

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USALI Certificate Program - 11th Edition

HFTP offers two certificate courses which demonstrate your expertise on the USALI 11th edition. The objective is for participants to understand the history, use and content of the USALI. The courses are available to all, with no previous experience required.


The USALI-11 Theory Certificate course will cover the layout and content of the financial statements for each operating department and undistributed departments. In addition, the course will review the Non-Operating Income and Expense section, Net vs Gross Revenue reporting and the ratios provided in the 11th edition.


The USALI-11 Practice — Analysis & Compliance Certificate course will take the knowledge base from the theory course and apply numbers to it and provide insight on how best to analyze and interpret the information in the financial statements. Emphasis will be placed on vertical analysis, horizontal analysis, and ratios.

Each certificate follows these four sections:

  • Summary Operating Statement and Operating Department Schedules

  • Undistributed Departments

  • Non-Operating Income and Expenses and Net vs Gross Revenue Reporting

  • Ratios and Metrics

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New! Club Finances Certificates

HFTP Academy’s latest certificate program is designed to improve the skills and understanding of accounting for varying skill levels and audiences within the club environment.

Club Finances for Bookkeepers and Junior Accountants (Now Available) — An introduction of the basics, including fundamentals such as balance sheets, assets, liability, and the overall accounting cycle.

Club Finances for Accountants (Coming Soon) — A deeper understanding of the accounting process for smaller operations and specialty personnel with notes on payroll, budgets, and leasing.

Club Finances for Managers (Coming Soon) — An expansion of financial topics with a focus on ratio analysis, budget analysis, internal controls, and ethics.

The Accountants and Managers certificates will be available later in Spring 2024.

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Demystifying USALI 11

The Uniform System of Accounts for the Lodging Industry (USALI) is a valuable resource that offers operating statements formatted to provide hotel owners, managers and other interested parties with operational information pertinent to the lodging industry.

This is a six-module video series. Each video is approximately 15 minutes long and is self-paced. These videos are designed to provide an overview of what USALI is and its major components. Upon completion of the video course, users are encouraged to take a 10-question exam. If a passing score is achieved, users will be emailed a certificate of completion.

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Continuing Education Points

HFTP will award the following continuing education points towards the maintenance renewal requirements for the Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE ®) and/or the Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP ®) only:

  • USALI-11 Certificate Bundle (Theory and Practice): 72 CPE

  • USALI-11 Certificate (Theory or Practice): 36 CPE

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Train Your Entire Team

The HFTP Academy Hospitality Certificates are not just for finance and technology professionals. Your entire management team can benefit from understanding how to evaluate and analyze financial statements. These courses make an ideal platform for any management development program, as well. Email [email protected] for special pricing options if you are interested in using these courses company-wide.