Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council

Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council

September 22, 2009 06:00 ET

CTHRC Announces Signing of Innovative Reciprocal Agreement

Mutual recognition of professional qualifications to increase learner mobility

SAINT-FELICIEN, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Sept. 22, 2009) - The Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council (CTHRC) and the Cegep de Saint-Felicien today signed a historic agreement that allows for the mutual recognition and promotion of professional qualifications. The groundbreaking collaboration between the tourism and education sectors will encourage professional development and ease the transfer of skills credentials.

Under the agreement, CTHRC's emerit national occupational standards will be integrated into Saint-Felicien's curriculum, giving students who successfully complete the requisite modules access to nationally-recognized professional certification. In reciprocation, emerit-certified individuals will be able, upon request, to have their certification recognized toward certain courses within the school's Tourism Techniques program. This approach, a first in Canada, will become a model for revising school programs and developing emerit certification reciprocity.

"This initiative will facilitate worker and learner mobility, as well as support the tourism industry to combat the projected labour shortages that are forecast to re-emerge once the economy recovers from its current downturn," says CTHRC President Wendy Swedlove. "Students can attain nationally-recognized professional certification while they also pursue a Diploma of Collegial Studies. The combination will improve students' employability across the country."

The agreement will enrich the training offered by the CEGEP and increase responsiveness to the needs of the tourism sector. Additionally, students and workers will be able to pursue their education and professional development in a variety of ways; the increased flexibility will support continued learning.

In Quebec, le Conseil quebecois des ressources humaines en tourisme (CQRHT) is the exclusive distributor for the emerit professional certification program. Attending the signing of the agreement, CQRHT Chief Executive Officer Adele Girard declared, "We salute the Cegep de Saint-Felicien's initiative. Using the skills standards for training will allow students to prepare for specific tourism careers. Along with our partner, the CTHRC, we strongly support the implementation of this project, which builds bridges between the world of education and the tourism sector."

The emerit programs are developed by and for the Canadian tourism industry. Available in English and French for some 40 occupations, they include tools for human resources management and development.

About the Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council (CTHRC)

The Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council (CTHRC) is a national organization that facilitates and coordinates human resources development activities which support a globally competitive and sustainable Canadian tourism sector. The Council conducts labour market research (www.cthrc.ca), offers training and recognition under the emerit tourism training brand (www.emerit.ca), promotes the advantages of working in the sector through Discover Tourism (www.discovertourism.ca), and helps identify companies with positive HR practices through its employee-rated Employer of Choice program.

About the Conseil quebecois des ressources humaines en tourisme (CQRHT)

The Conseil quebecois des ressources humaines en tourisme (CQRHT) brings together different organizations working in the Quebec tourism sector to create human resource development strategies which increase the level of professionalism in the sector. A founding board member of the CTHRC, CQRHT is responsible for promoting and coordinating the implementation of skills certification in the Quebec tourism sector.

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