Registrations & Accreditations

International Hotel School seeks to quality assure its programmes through membership of a number of bodies, both educational and professional, who have an interest in promoting high standards within the hospitality industry. Our courses are both nationally and internationally accredited, and we believe that learning should be reinforced with practical training in the workplace (work integrated learning).

Local Accreditations

The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET)

International Hotel School is registered as a Private Higher Education Institution with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) for the programmes as per Registration No: 2000/HE07/005. International Hotel School is provisionally registered as a Private College with DHET for the qualifications as per Registration No: 2009/FE07/077.

Council on Higher Education

International Hotel School and its Higher Education programmes are accredited (quality assured) by the Council on Higher Education (CHE)


At IHST we offer a number of CATHSSETA (the Culture, Art, Tourism, Hospitality and Sport Sector Education and Training Authority),  accredited programmes within our Learnership, Skills Programmes and business-to-business short course training. Cathsseta is the Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) established under the Skills Development Act (No 97 of 1998) [the Skills Act] for the Tourism, Hospitality and Sport Economic Sector. Registration Number: 613/P/000273/2015


The Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Services SETA) was established and registered in terms of the Skills Development Act of 1998 and is responsible for the quality assurance of the accredited Management Programmes offered.

The Services SETA will ensure that the skill requirements of the services sector are identified and that adequate and appropriate skills are readily available. The Services SETA contributes to the improvement of sector skills through achieving a more favourable balance between demand and supply.


The vision of the Education and Training Development Practise Sector Education and Training Authority (ETDP SETA) is to be a promoter and facilitator in the development and improvement of the skills profile of the sector's workforce in order to benefit employers, workers and employees in the sector.The IHS Registration number ETDPS 1333


All qualifications in South Africa need to be registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). Our full-time Diploma programmes and our Higher Certificate programmes are registered with SAQA. (Look up International Hotel School as an accredited provider in this search link), as are CATHSSETA, Services Seta and ETDP Seta Programmes.

International Standards, International Recognition

The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute

The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI), founded in 1953, has been teaching leaders in the hospitality industry for over 60 years. International Hotel School, through AHLEI, has access to a wide range of learning materials that show students and learners how to transfer the knowledge gained in the classroom to the workplace. As the only hotel school in South Africa whose diplomas are recognised by the AHLEI, our graduates are highly sought after by leading hospitality establishments, both locally and internationally.

City & Guilds

City & Guilds of London was founded in 1878 and has been at the forefront of technical and vocation education ever since. City & Guilds creates relevant qualifications that help people gain the skills that employers value. Their qualifications and flexible learning options enable people to unlock their potential and progress in their careers. More than 500 qualifications have been developed in conjunction with key organisations in 28 industries. This is why they are recognised by employers worldwide. Their qualifications are delivered by colleges, training providers and employers. They are available at all levels, from entry-level to the equivalent of a post-graduate degree and offer clear pathways to career progression. All of the International Hotel School physical campuses are City & Guilds tuition and examination centres.