National Trainee Manager Development Programme

NFQ Level:  7
Credits: 180
Award Type: Major Award
Application: Download the following application form
Closing Date: 13th December 2019
Modules: View Modules

Course Description

This course offers those currently employed in the Hotel Industry the opportunity to pursue a degree in Hotel Management while simultaneously working with their sponsoring employer. Each year of the programme will comprise of the delivery of 60 credits of study through a blended learning approach.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should be employed in a sponsoring hotel for at least 3 months before course commencement. Applicants under 23 years of age must have passed five subjects in the Leaving Certificate including Maths and English. Mature applicants, i.e. applicants over 23 year of age by 31st December 2019, are not required to have a Leaving Certificate. Students are required to have a laptop for all on-line delivery.


Commencing in January 2018 this course will require candidates to spend two blocks of four weeks per annum at IT Tralee’s state-of-the-art facilities in the Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism Department. During this period six modules will be delivered. The remaining modules will be delivered on-line and through work based learning.


€3,000 per annum (please note fees quoted for academic year 18/19 only and subject to annual review).

Progression Opportunities

BA (Hons) in Hotel Management*

* Candidates who hold a level 7 degree are eligible to apply for entry to the one-year add-on Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Hotel Management.

Additional Information:

Download: Brochure on Trainee Management Development Programme

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IT Tralee Students Complete the Certificate in Hotel Analytics (CHIA) Programme


A group of 20 Students on the BA in Hotel Management (T.M.D.P.) recently completed the internationally recognised CHIA Certification programme as a part of their Revenue Management Module under the professional guidance of Sarah Duignan (Director of Client Relationships – STR) and Michael Crossan (Lecturer in Revenue Management, IT Tralee). The certification in Hotel Industry Analytics, abbreviated as CHIA, is the leading certification for hospitality and tourism graduate and undergraduate students. The academic version of the CHIA certification was launched in 2012 with 50 universities involved in the pilot programme and nearly 400 students received the CHIA designation. The CHIA is geared to revenue managers, hotel managers, and research professionals and is the only hotel-related certification for industry professionals focused on analytics. The programme is jointly offered by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) and (STR) and it provides recognition of thorough knowledge of the foundational metrics, definitions, formulas, and methodologies used by the hotel industry. It Tralee is also an accredited member of the SHARE Center which provides resources to colleges and universities, including user-defined destination reports, comprehensive set of sample reports, a wide range of global industry publications, and access to articles and presentations. IT Tralee is the first college in Ireland to offer the CHIA to its students and students who have successfully completed the programme will be able to use the “CHIA” designation after their names, just like their tutors and other industry professionals.

Bord Failte, Irish Hotels federation, Trainee Manager development Programme

Lifelong Learning Department

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