First Art Institute Graduates Obtain Occupational Knowledge Certificates

Qualified Graduates of the Art Institute of Vancouver’s Event Management Diploma Earn Credit Toward emerit® Certification

On September 23, 2010, the Art Institute of Vancouver (AI) and the Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council (CTHRC) signed a precedent-setting agreement. The agreement recognizes the importance of collaboration and recognition between the education community and Canadian tourism businesses. According to the agreement, qualified graduates of AI’s Event Management program will receive Occupational Knowledge Certificates, which may be put toward their emerit Event Coordinator certification.

Fewer than two months after signing the agreement, on November 3, 2010, the first cohort, consisting of 12 graduates, received their Event Coordinator Occupational Knowledge Certificates from go2 Tourism HR Society (go2). Three more cohorts will follow in the 2010-2011 school year. Graduates will receive full credit toward the Occupational Knowledge certificate from go2, the human resource organization that delivers emerit programs and services in British Columbia.

“Students are the big winners in this agreement,” says Wendy Swedlove, President of the CTHRC. “Not only will they leave a post-secondary institution with a highly regarded diploma, but they will also hold credit toward nationally-recognized, industry developed professional certification.”

AI, along with the Queen Margaret University of Scotland and the hdpk Hochschule der populären Künste, has been a pioneer in integrating the CTHRC’s industry-led emerit Event Management – International Competency Standards (EMICS) into their curriculum. Developed and endorsed by Event Management professionals worldwide, EMICS provides an international benchmark that can be used to measure current practices and to guide personal, professional, and curriculum development.