American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute

The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) is a nonprofit member benefit of the American Hotel and Lodging Association. Established in 1953, it provides hospitality education, training and professional certification that serves the needs of hospitality schools and industries worldwide.

American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute
Legal statusTrade association
PurposeHospitality institute
  • 2113 North High Street Lansing, MI 48906
Official language
Parent organization
American Hotel and Lodging Association

Educational resources

The Educational Institute provides materials for all levels of hospitality personnel via: online learning, distance learning courses, videos, seminars, textbooks, and study guides.

Industry certification

The Educational Institute certifies the competencies in conjunction with academia and industry experts for over 35 positions in the hospitality industry; designations from line-level to general manager as Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA).[1][2]

Licensed affiliates

The Educational Institute has more than 90 licensed affiliates in 54 countries. EI has offices in Lansing, Michigan, Orlando, Florida and India, and holds exclusive Hospitality Education Program (HEP) license agreements in 45 countries connecting the Educational Institute to hospitality operations throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America.[3]

College credits

Most certifications,[4] especially CHA's, can earn undergraduate or graduate credit for their certification when they enroll in certain American Public University programs of study from the American Public University, and the University of Phoenix. The American Council on Education (ACE) determined the CHA certification is worth six semester credits at an upper-division baccalaureate degree level and three semester credits at a graduate degree levels.[5]


  1. "The .. Industry". Certified Hotel Administrators. Southwind Hospitality. Archived from the original on 17 October 2011. Retrieved 2 October 2011.
  2. "CHA Certification". CHA. AHLEI. Retrieved 2 October 2011.
  3. "We Train." About the Educational Institute. AHLEI. Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 2 October 2011.
  4. Hospitality Career Path Archived 2016-03-05 at the Wayback Machine, Hospitality Career Path Certifications.
  5. "CREDIT". Retrieved 2019-02-23.