As a committed finance hospitality professional, you want to take the next step in your career. Show your hospitality finance expertise by achieving the CHAE designation. The CHAE is the only accounting certification specific to the hospitality industry.
The process to achieve your CHAE designation is delivered through a centralized, online platform with a user-friendly interface, powered by Ascend. The platform includes: the exam application fee, two practice exams, review slides, archived webinars, podcasts, the exam, and a digital badge upon successful completion.
VP, Hotel Finance — Loews Hotels at Universal Orlando
I think earning my CHAE was a demonstration to my team that you should never quit learning and growing in your chosen field.
Eileen Sarris, CPA, CHAE
CFO — The Field Club
When I took the CFO position at The Field Club, I had never worked in hospitality. I saw the CHAE certification as a way to demonstrate to the club's board of directors that I was committed to this new career path and learning the ins and outs of the hospitality industry.
The Certification Advisory Program is a program designed to assist CHAE and CHTP certification applicants in achieving their HFTP certification designation.
HFTP is currently looking for experienced HFTP designee advisors to join the program, who will help and support candidates in one-to-one interactions, as a supplemental review option for the certification exams.
HFTP has approved several educational providers offering programs and courses for continuing education credits. Take advantage of these professional development opportunities and discounted rates.
A CHAE / CHTP designee with at least seven (7) consecutive years of active designation, and who meets the requirements of “Retired Status”, per Section 11: Retired Members as stated in the HFTP By-laws may transfer to retired status. In a retired status a designee may not solicit or perform any paid employment or consulting services related to the CHAE / CHTP and shall use the designation, CHAE / CHTP-Retired. A designee will retain full membership benefits including publications and discounts on HFTP products and training events; however a designee is not required to maintain the CPE requirements. HFTP will remove the work contact information from the membership database; all correspondence will be sent to designees’ home address.
A CHAE / CHTP designee with twenty (20) or more years of active certification status is eligible for the Emeritus status effective January 1, 2016. This status will not require those who are eligible to report the educational maintenance requirement; however, they would still be responsible to pay the maintenance renewal fees.
You must pass the CHAE Exam to earn the designation. You must complete the application process and include all required materials in order to take the exam.
The CHAE application is available for download. The policies and procedures include detailed information on the application process and the requirements necessary to sit for the exam.
The CHAE exams are available at HFTP conferences and events. In addition, exams can be taken online privately under the supervision of a proctor.
HFTP supports applicants in their journey with online learning tools and resources in the HFTP Certification online platform, powered by Ascend to help pass the exam and earn the CHAE designation. Review the Exam Preparation resource to learn more.
Pricing is based on HFTP membership. HFTP members receive a discounted exam rate via the application process. Please see the pricing section of the website for current exam rates. In the event you need to retake the exam(s), the retake fees are listed in the policies and procedures.
You must maintain 60 continuing education points (CPEs) over the course of two years. HFTP offers continuing education at all its conferences and events, as well as at HFTP chapter events and HFTP online education. Visit the policies and procedures for more information on maintenance requirements. See the "Maintenance Resources" section of the CHAE webpage for more information.
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