The Confederation of Tourism and Hospitality (CTH) is the UK’s leading specialist professional awarding body for qualifications in the growing hospitality and tourism sector.

About CTH

Our history

Over the last 30 years, CTH has focused on developing and adding value to careers globally in the industry. We were established in 1982 as a specialist professional awarding body in the UK with a mission to focus on the training needs of new entrants to the hospitality, travel, tourism and culinary sectors. We now have a network of Approved Teaching Centres worldwide delivering sought after CTH qualifications to thousands of new students each year.

What makes us a specialist awarding body?

Like any awarding body, we do not actually teach our qualifications ourselves, but we offer them to be taught and studied at teaching centres that we approve. However, unlike everybody else, we specifically cater to three industries; hospitality, culinary and tourism. Focusing on these three industries over the years has allowed us to become experts in these fields and therefore we can offer a greater service with the support from our team who know the industry like the back of their hand.

How we can help you (Centres)?

As a CTH Approved Teaching Centre, you benefit from the support of our team who have decades of experience in the industry. We keep an open line of communication and are available for skypes and feedback in order to aid you. Along with this, we have a range of teaching resources and material that help your lecturers map out lessons and teach students with the upmost efficiency.

With strong links to the industry, several professional bodies and organisations recognise and endorse our qualifications which has allowed us to offer our centres with various opportunities. Furthermore, to increase the learning experience of your students, we have a number of university bachelor's degree pathways available for talented students to further their potential.

How we can help you (Students)?

As a CTH student, we offer a range of qualifications at all levels. CTH is for those who are trying to gain skills and for those looking to develop the ones they already have. We have numerous teaching centres around the world so that we can offer as many places as possible for students to learn (Why not see if there's a CTH Centre near you?). Our bachelor's degree pathways provide students with an opportunity to study abroad and gain a degree in hospitality and tourism.

Through our members site, we give students a platform to revise and expand their skills whilst studying CTH. For our graduates, the members site provides a way to look for the latest jobs in your local area to increase your career prospects. CTH students can also become IoH professional members, this therefore gives them access to a community of professionals in the industry and allows them to attend meetings and events that provide networking opportunities.

Our qualifications



Our Management qualifications are split between tourism and hospitality. The qualifications start with the introductory Level 3; from Level 4 - 7, a place at one of partner universities is available.



The CTH Culinary qualifications cover a range of cooking methods and cuisine. The qualifications teach prospective chefs the practical skills needed to work in a professional kitchen.


Career Skills

Our Career Skills qualifications are more hands-on, practical skill based. Practical skills such as understanding fares and ticketing processes, or English language skills needed for the workplace.

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