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Hotel and Restaurant Management Certificate Programs in California

There are more than 15 colleges within California that have certificate programs in hotel and restaurant management. Read an overview of 10 of the largest schools' programs, requirements and tuition information to find out which school is the right one for you.

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Hotel and Restaurant Management Schools in California

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, both lodging managers and food service managers typically need some form of postsecondary education to enter the field. Many schools across California offer certificate programs in hotel, hospitality and restaurant management. Below are summaries of the 10 largest schools in the region offering certificate programs that prepare students for management positions in restaurants and hotels.

American River College

American River College is a 2-year school in the city of Sacramento. Under its hospitality management division, the school offers two restaurant management certificate programs. There is a 43-unit culinary arts/restaurant management program that covers both culinary techniques and restaurant management. The 28-unit restaurant management program teaches students cost control, safety standards and menu planning, as well as sanitation, management and food preparation. In the dining room management course, students complete 8 hours of practical experience per week in the school's Oak Café.

Chaffey College

Chaffey College serves more than 18,000 students annually at its campus in Rancho Cucamonga. The Hotel Management Certificate program includes a variety of courses to help students prepare for supervisor positions in the industry. Those classes include topics in catering, human resources, hospitality law and operations. An Associate in Science in Hotel Management is also available.

City College of San Francisco

More than 34,000 students attend this San Francisco college each year. The Hotel and Restaurant Department offers a 2-year hotel management program. The program explores management, marketing and operations in the hospitality industry. Once completed, students receive an Award of Achievement in Hotel Management. The school also offers an associate's degree in this field.

Cypress College

This Cypress school offers certificate programs in 141 career-focused areas. The Hotel Management Certificate program teaches students about topics like revenue, beverages and food management. The required courses include guest relations, sanitation, marketing and an internship. With the addition of general education classes, students can also earn an Associate of Science in Hotel Management. The school also offers a Food Service Management Certificate program that includes topics in restaurant management such as purchasing, hospitality law and cost controls.

Diablo Valley College

More than 20,000 students attend Diablo Valley College at its Pleasant Hill campus. The Certificate of Achievement in Restaurant Management program takes on a hands-on teaching method. In this 47-unit program, a variety of courses are required, including food service management, cost control, wine pairing, operations and catering. The curriculum requires occupational work experience of up to 4 hours. An Associate in Science in Restaurant Management may also be pursued.

Grossmont College

Grossmont College is a 2-year institution in the city of El Cajon. A Certificate of Achievement in Hospitality Management program is offered by the school, as well as an associate's degree in the field. The certificate program requires courses in accounting, communications and statistics, along with the fundamentals of tourism and hospitality management.

MiraCosta College

Set on a 121-acre plot in Oceanside, this school offers associate's degree and certificate programs in hospitality management and restaurant management. The 27-unit hospitality management program includes courses in cost control, guest services, marketing and human resources, while the 24-unit restaurant management program covers purchasing, management and special events. Other certificate programs are available in rooms division management, meeting and events management, dining room operations, catering operations and food service operations.

Mt. San Antonio College

Walnut's Mt. San Antonio College offers more than 200 degree programs each year to its students. The 2-year school offers multiple levels of certificate programs in hospitality and restaurant management. The level 1 hospitality management program explores lodging, dining room service management and hospitality, while the level 2 program explores a broader depth of the hospitality industry with additional courses in law and operations.

The first level certificate program in restaurant management is a 8.5-unit program that offers courses in hospitality, food safety, dining room operations and restaurant/ hospitality work experience. At level 2, students learn about ethnic food, cooking techniques, menu planning and cost control.

Orange Coast College

Each year more than 22,000 students attend Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa. The school offers three certificate programs in hotel management, with concentrations in sales/marketing, human resource management and front office. Each program includes 13.5 units of required core classes in interviewing, guest service and communication. Students can also earn a certificate or associate's degree in restaurant supervision, as well as a catering certificate.

Santa Rosa Junior College

This Santa Rosa school has more than 24,000 attendees each year. The school offers an 18.5-unit Restaurant Management Certificate. This program includes courses in beverage, operations and safety management. Additionally, there are a variety of electives offered, such as regional wine, conversation skills, the Spanish language and professional cooking basics.

School Comparison Table

School Name School Type & Setting Hotel and Restaurant Management Certificates Offered Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013)
American River College 2-year, public; large suburb Culinary Arts/ Restaurant Management Certificate,
Hotel Management: Restaurant Management Certificate
$1,104 (in-state)*
$7,200 (out-of-state)*
Chaffey College 2-year, public; large suburb Hotel and Food Service Management: Hotel Management Certificate $1,153 (in-state)*
$6,169 (out-of-state)*
City College of San Francisco 2-year, public; large city Award of Achievement in Hotel Management $1,238 (in-state)*
$6,270 (out-of-state)*
Cypress College 2-year, public; large suburb Hotel Management Certificate,
Food Service Management Certificate
$1,136 (in-state)*
$5,984 (out-of-state)*
Diablo Valley College 2-year, public; large suburb Certificate of Achievement in Restaurant Management $1,298 (in-state)*
$6,758 (out-of-state)*
Grossmont College 2-year, public; large suburb Certificate of Achievement in Hospitality Management $1,387 (in-state)*
$6,897 (out-of-state)*
MiraCosta College 2-year, public; large suburb Certificate of Achievement in Restaurant Management,
Certificate of Achievement in Hotel Management,
Certificate of Proficiency in Dining Room Operations,
Certificate of Proficiency in Rooms Division Management,
Certificate of Proficiency in Food Service Operations
$908 (in-state)*
$5,610 (out-of-state)*
Mt. San Antonio College 2-year, public; large suburb Hospitality Management - Level 1 Certificate,
Hospitality Management - Level 2 Certificate,
Restaurant Management - Level 1 Certificate,
Restaurant Management - Level 2 Certificate
$1,164 (in-state)*
$6,060 (out-of-state)*
Orange Coast College 2-year, public; midsize city Certificate of Achievement in Hotel Management - Front Office Specialist,
Certificate of Achievement in Hotel Management - Human Resource Management,
Certificate of Achievement in Hotel Management - Sales and Marketing Specialist,
Certificate of Achievement in Food Service Management Commercial - Restaurant Supervision,
Certificate of Achievement in Catering
$1,184 (in-state)*
$6,320 (out-of-state)*
Santa Rosa Junior College 2-year, public; midsize city Restaurant Management Certificate $1,278 (in-state)*
$6,652 (out-of-state)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

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