Hospitality and Tourism Courses

College SA’s hospitality and tourism courses are non-formal provider programmes. These courses are aimed at students who are interested in guest house management and tourism management and marketing which will give you a better understanding of the hospitality and tourism industry.


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Non accredited courses
by College SA
From R790.00 per month
Number of courses: 3

Learn how to manage any form of house/home type accommodation. Our courses distinctly focus on a home-style setting.

Non accredited courses
by College SA
From R670.00 per month
Number of courses: 2

Enrol for one of our tourism courses and learn to combine the different aspects tourism to develop and expand services or a business.

Why should I study a College SA Hospitality or Tourism Course?

The hospitality and tourism industry’s main goal is to ensure that visitors to our beautiful country enjoy everything we have to offer, and feel safe and secure during their stay. 

The industry employs a wide variety of people with a range of skills; all dedicated to drive, support and expand tourism in South Africa.

What is Hospitality and Tourism?

Hospitality and tourism is one of the fastest-growing industries in South Africa, and revolves around food, tourist attractions and accommodation. There is an increasing need for skilled staff, and people who have studied in this field can be found working in restaurants, hotels, casinos, guesthouses and other tourism-related businesses.

Job opportunities are overtaking the number of trained employees, and educating yourself in this field, especially one that focuses on management, can equip you with a strong set of skills and open many doors. These skills are transferable and can be used in many careers far beyond hospitality and tourism, allowing you to make a career change if you should ever tire of the field.

What does a career in Hospitality and Tourism Management involve?

Tourism Marketing

Tourism marketing is about applying marketing principles to the tourism sector. Careers include marketing, sales, public relations and events. These careers focus on maintaining a good image of the industry and encouraging tourists to use your service or attend your event. Many people begin at a junior level as assistants or coordinators. Your career advancement depends on your goals, skills and experience.

Tourism Management

Tourism management includes all activities related to providing for the needs of tourists. There are many career opportunities available in car rental, travel bookings, transfer services, tourist attractions, spas and resorts. Events/conferences, if for tourism purposes, also fall under tourism management. Most people begin at a junior level in front-desk or customer service positions. Many tourism jobs offer ‘on-the-job’ training, but a good foundation knowledge – like a course in tourism management – is beneficial. Your career path will depend on your goals, skills, interests and experience.

Guesthouse Management

A career in guesthouse management encompasses all the functions and activities of a guesthouse. Before you can manage a guesthouse, you will need to know how each part of the guesthouse operates. Most people start at a junior level - admin, customer service, housekeeping or food service - while learning other parts of the business. In a larger guesthouse, the roles are split, while in a smaller guesthouse one person may need to fulfil more than one role. Your career advancement will depend on your goals, skills and experience.

Where to study Hospitality and Tourism?

College SA offers a range of hospitality and tourism courses; this includes Guest House Management Proficiency Certificate, Guest House Management Skills Certificate, Guest House Management Expert Certificate, Tourism Marketing Skills Certificate and Tourism Management Skills Certificate.    

Want to study to work in the Tourism industry?

Advantages of a career in tourism include:

  • Your service in the tourism industry can help the country achieve economic, social, cultural and environmental sustainability
  • You will gain transferable skills
  • There are a wide variety of job possibilities in the tourism sector

College SA offers two 12-month tourism courses – a Tourism Marketing Skills Certificate and a Tourism Management Skills Certificate, each with just one subject to complete.   

Want to study to work in the hospitality industry?

Advantages of a career in hospitality include:

  • Many job opportunities in various sectors
  • Opportunities for career advancement
  • There is room for creativity
  • Your skills are transferable
  • The hospitality industry is constantly expanding

College SA offers three Guest House Management courses that work on a levelling-up basis. Start with the 6-month Guest House Management Proficiency Certificate and complete three subjects, then advance to the 8-month Guest House Management Skills Certificate with four subjects to complete, and lastly study the 8-month Guest House Management Expert Certificate by completing four subjects during the study period.