Hospitality: Tourism Development and Management

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Hospitality: Tourism Development and Management is designed to prepare graduates for careers in the tourism industry. The curriculum provides professional skills in tourism development and management, events and meeting management, ecotourism, information systems, marketing, human resources, financial management, and hospitality law. Graduates acquire a specific set of skills that focus on the interaction of tourism with the economy, environment, and people. Students may apply these courses towards the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Hospitality: Tourism Development and Management (3101).


Field of Interest
Business, Entrepreneurialism, and Management
Degree Type
Certificate of Completion (CCL)
Academic Plan
Hospitality: Tourism Development and Management (CER)
Academic Plan Code
Total credits required
Catalog Year
Effective Term
Fall 2022

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Create favorable guest experiences by using professional service management techniques in a hospitality environment.
  2. Demonstrate the essential functions of hospitality industry management, including human resources, guest services, property management, and hospitality and tourism law.
  3. Communicate in an effective manner, consistent with the professional standards of the hospitality industry.
  4. Integrate professional, ethical, and legal standards into hospitality business practice.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the elements and current trends that comprise the hospitality industry.
  6. Critically analyze a wide range of problems in the hospitality industry to generate applicable solutions.
  7. Organize special events from concept through completion, including planning, coordination, marketing, financing and risk management.
  8. Manage the planning and execution of meetings, conventions and exhibitions, including coordination, logistics, venue selection, budgeting.
  9. Demonstrate an understanding of tourism sectors, consumer behavior, and factors that influence tourism and explain the interaction of tourism with the economy, environment and people.
  10. Employ analytical and decision making processes essential to manage financial aspects of hospitality and tourism operations.
  11. Relate the history and emergence of ecotourism to the establishment of policies and management practices associated with sustainable development.
  12. Manage the delivery of leisure services in public, commercial, and independent sectors, particularly in an urban setting.

Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this certificate. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

There are additional career opportunities associated with this certificate that do not have occupational data available for Arizona at this time. These occupations are listed below:
  • Managers, All Other
* Career and wage information provided by Lightcast using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Lightcast’s proprietary analytical processes. Lightcast’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include FYE101 and FYE103. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HRM110 Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism Management 3
HRM145 Events Management 3
HRM150 Hospitality and Tourism Information Systems I 3
REC210 Leisure Delivery Systems 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ACC111 or
Accounting Principles I or Financial Management for Hospitality and Tourism Note: Choose accounting course in accordance with your advisor's recommendation and university transfer requirements. 3
HRM146 International Meetings, Conventions and Exhibitions 3
HRM160 Tourism Principles and Practices 3
HRM270 Hospitality Marketing 3
HRM290 Ecotourism 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HRM280 Hospitality and Tourism Law 3
HRM260 Hospitality Human Resource Management 3
RE Restricted Electives Recommend HRM295++ 3
RE Restricted Electives Recommend HRM235 3

Restricted Electives

A list of additional, alternative, or supplemental courses for this pathway map
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
GCU121 or
World Geography I: Eastern Hemisphere or World Geography II: Western Hemisphere G, SB or G, SB 3
HRM235 Club Management 3
HRM250 Hospitality And Tourism Information Systems II 3
HRM295AA or
HRM295AB or
Hospitality Internship or Hospitality Internship or Hospitality Internship Check with Program Chair to discuss eligibility and scheduling; all internships need to be approved. 1–3
REC120 Leisure and the Quality of Life SB 3
Course Area Key

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s official curriculum documentation for additional details regarding the requirements of this award (

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.