AH&LA Educational Institute and APU support success through education.

Helping you reach your goals is our shared priority.

American Public University (APU) is proud to partner with the Educational Institute, which is the non profit training arm of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA). The Educational Institute has been a provider of resources to the industry for 60 years. APU shares the Educational Institute's desire to provide quality education to hospitality professionals seeking to continue their education, and through this partnership, the Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA®) designation has been awarded academic credit within APU.

Benefits for AH&LA Educational Institute

Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA®) designation in good standing can apply to receive course credits at APU (including a waiver of the APU transfer credit evaluation fee) for the following programs: 

  • Up to 6 undergraduate credit hours towards a B.A. in Hospitality Management for these courses:
    • HOSP100- Introduction to Hospitality Management
    • HOSP206 - Introduction to Lodging Management
  • Up to 3 graduate credit hours towards:
    • M.A. in Management (general concentration)
    • Master of Business Administration (MBA general concentration)

Note: you must select American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute in the employer field when you complete the APU enrollment application. Fee waivers cannot be applied retroactively.

For more information on the CHA, Certified Guest Service Professional (CGSP), and other American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute offerings, please visit www.ahlei.org

Contact Information

Eric Morris leads the Strategic Relations Admissions Team whose members are here to answer all educational partnership questions.

Eric Morris

Eric Morris

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