National Trainee Manager Development Programme

NFQ Level:  7
Credits: 180
Award Type: Major Award
Application: Apply Now
Closing Date: 26th February 2021
Modules: View Modules

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Course Description

This programme offers those currently employed in the hotel industry the opportunity to pursue a degree in hotel management while simultaneously working with their sponsoring employer. Each year the programme will compriseof the delivery of 60 credits of study  through a blended learning approach. This programme will require candidates to spend two blocks of four weeks per annum
at IT Tralee’s state-of-the-art facilities in the Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism Department. During this period, a number of modules will be delivered. The remaining modules will be delivered online and through work-based learning. An exit award of a Higher Certificate in Hotel Supervisory Management is available after successful completion of year 2.

Download: Bachelor of Arts in Hotel Management (TMDP) Flyer

Entry Requirements

Applicants should be employed in a sponsoring hotel for at least three months before course commencement. Applicants under 23 years of age must have passed five subjects in the Leaving Certificate including Maths and English. Mature applicants, i.e. applicants over 23 years of age by 31st December 2020, are not required to have a Leaving Certificate. Students are required to have a laptop for all online delivery.


3 years commencing in 2021


Year 1 Cost

The annual fee for entry in 2021 is €3,000. Fees for subsequent years are subject to increases as determined by the Department of Education and Skills.

Utilising Covid-19 special funding for 2021, €1050 of this fee will be paid by South West Gnó Skillnet, South Kerry Skillnet, or Rural Food Skillnet on behalf of candidates from eligible member organizations within the sector, thereby reducing the cost to €1950.

Progression Opportunities

BA (Honours) in Hotel Management

Why Study Hotel Management at IT Tralee?

This unique programme allows you to continue working while studying for your degree. You will meet a network of similar trainee managers from hotels all around Ireland. You will learn from the IT Tralee’s specialist lecturers and get exposure to the leading hospitality experts in Ireland through site visits and master classes.

What Are My Career Opportunities?

There are a range of career opportunities in the hotel sector including General Manager, Head of Department, Duty Manager and specialised management positions such as Food & Beverage, Front Office, Revenue, Human Resources, Marketing and Events Managers.

IT Tralee Students Complete the Certificate in Hotel Analytics (CHIA) Course


A group of 20 Students on the BA in Hotel Management (T.M.D.P.) recently completed the internationally recognised CHIA Certification course as a part of their Revenue Management Module under the professional guidance of Sarah Duignan (Director of Client Relationships – STR) and Michael Crossan (Lecturer in Revenue Management, IT Tralee). The certification in Hotel Industry Analytics, abbreviated as CHIA, is the leading certification for hospitality and tourism graduate and undergraduate students. The academic version of the CHIA certification was launched in 2012 with 50 universities involved in the pilot programme and nearly 400 students received the CHIA designation. The CHIA is geared to revenue managers, hotel managers, and research professionals and is the only hotel-related certification for industry professionals focused on analytics. The programme is jointly offered by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) and (STR) and it provides recognition of thorough knowledge of the foundational metrics, definitions, formulas, and methodologies used by the hotel industry. It Tralee is also an accredited member of the SHARE Center which provides resources to colleges and universities, including user-defined destination reports, comprehensive set of sample reports, a wide range of global industry publications, and access to articles and presentations. IT Tralee is the first college in Ireland to offer the CHIA to its students and students who have successfully completed the course will be able to use the “CHIA” designation after their names, just like their tutors and other industry professionals.

Bord Failte, Irish Hotels federation, Trainee Manager development Programme

Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.

Lifelong Learning Department

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