Programmes

Currently the Institute offers quality training in the following programmes

i. Short course

Mountaineering and Outdoor Expeditions Tour Guiding (three weeks programme).

Aims of the Course

The short course programme seeks to equip trainees with appropriate attitude, practical and theoretical concepts, knowledge and competencies needed to professionally and successfully execute mountaineering and outdoors expeditions.

Program Learning Outcomes

By the end of three weeks intensive training the student should be able to:
1) Exude willingness and ability to guide mountaineering and outdoor expedition;
2) Able to evaluate, reduce and avoid hazards;
3) Professionally guide tourists/guests and market tour guiding services;
4) Provide basic Wilderness First Aid in the event of an emergence during mountaineering and outdoor activities expedition;
5) Promote responsible mountaineering and outdoor activities;
6) Plan, implement and evaluate mountaineering and outdoor activities.

Mode of Delivery

i) Face to Face
ii) Field/outdoor based (Mt. Kenya and the Aberdare regions).

Target groups

1. Any person working as a guide in mountaineering and outdoor expeditions or any interested in mountaineering and outdoor expeditions guiding.
2. Any other person interested in mountaineering and outdoor expeditions.

ii. Diploma

Sustainable tourism & Hospitality Management (Two years)

Goals of the Programme

Broadly the course will familiarize students with the rapidly evolving field of sustainable tourism and hospitality management, enabling them to apply and assess the concept within a wider array of actual and potential tourism settings. The Diploma in Sustainable Tourism and Hospitality Management aims to achieve the following;

1. To develop, among students, a theoretical and practical understanding of issues and approaches in Sustainable Tourism and Hospitality management.
2. To enhance students’ self-confidence and ability to critically evaluate Sustainable Tourism issues, and develop from the ethical, professional and academic perspectives solutions to these issues.
3. To prepare students for progression to higher academic qualifications work and research in Sustainable Tourism, and Hospitality Management.
4. To expose students to the realities of the current sustainable tourism global trends through practical work experience.
5. To provide trainees with knowledge and skills that will enable them effectively take up leadership and management positions in the tourism and the hospitality industry.
6. To imbue the participants with the work ethics underlying integrity, competence and adaptability necessary in sustainable tourism and hospitality industry.
7. To equip potential employees and employers with the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed for effective development and management of high value niche tourism ventures-not only critical to the realization of the vision 2030, but also to making Kenya one of the top ten long haul global tourism destinations by 2030.
8. To create potential for further training in the Sustainable Tourism and Hospitality specialties.

Target Groups
The target group of the programme shall be any of the following: –

Students from any discipline who wish to start a career in the sustainable tourism and hospitality sector.
People currently working in tourism sector or other occupations and who wish to switch to careers in sustainable tourism and hospitality industry.
Managers in any business functional areas who wish to acquire knowledge and skills in sustainable tourism.

iii. Bachelor Programme

Bachelor of Sustainable Tourism and Hospitality Management (Four Years).

Goal of the Programme

To transform students into competent, skilled and knowledgeable graduates that will contribute effectively and efficiently to the growth and expansion of tourism and hospitality industry through the application of sustainability principles in product design, innovation and development, packaging, marketing and customer satisfaction management.

Expected Learning Outcomes

The graduate of this programme should be able to:-
(a) Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental theories and concepts of tourism and hospitality operations management;
(b) Design, develop, execute and evaluate sustainable tourism and hospitality management operations;
(c) Create, develop and sustainably operationalize entrepreneurial tourism and hospitality projects/facilities;
(d) Engage in scientific research and the dissemination of research findings relating to tourism and hospitality.
(e) Manage tourism and hospitality operations.

Mode of Delivery

Bachelor of Sustainable Tourism and Hospitality Management shall be delivered through: –
(a) Face to Face (involves physical presence of learner and instructor in the same class-room setting);
(b) Field/industry based.