Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive

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.

Pricing and Details

Achieve Your CHAE Designation

  • HFTP Members: $675 USD

  • Nonmembers: $1,075 USD

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.

What Certificants Say


Michelle Engle, CHAE
Controller — Illini Country Club
I chose to pursue the CHAE designation as a way of showcasing the work I have put in over the years learning about the club industry. The CHAE is a valuable marker of expertise.
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.
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Certification Exam Resources

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Certification Advisory Program (CAP)

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.

Active Certificants

Maintenance Resources

Continuing Education

Educational Providers

HFTP has approved several educational providers offering programs and courses for continuing education credits. Take advantage of these professional development opportunities and discounted rates.


Retirement Option

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.


Emeritus Status

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.

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Grow in the industry and your career with professional development and networking opportunities you cannot get anywhere else.