SMART Accreditation Program

Accreditation is a voluntary evaluation process by which a credentialing or educational program is evaluated against defined criteria by a third party. When in compliance with these criteria, the program is awarded public recognition attesting to this compliance.

Striving to professionalize the tourism sector and ensure quality tourism-related programming is available, recognized and aspired to, Tourism HR Canada has led the development of a flexible and inclusive accreditation program that responds to identified needs of program providers, learners and industry alike. Through consultation with stakeholders and committee oversight, and based on years of research and practice, Tourism HR Canada has launched its SMART Accreditation Program.

Our aim is to provide a national recognition to tourism-related programs that meet or exceed industry standards, and to provide benchmarks that tourism program providers can use to assist them in continually improving their programs.

The SMART Accreditation Program is a flexible mechanism that translates best practices in program development, delivery and improvement, and outcomes measurement into a defined set of criteria which can be used as a benchmark for tourism-related programs. Through a simple self-evaluation process and formalized third party review, programs are assessed within a standardized framework based on the evidence provided. When baseline criteria are met, programs are accredited as SMART Programs. When additional criteria are met, programs are accredited as SMART+ Premium Programs.

Use the SMART Accreditation Self-Evaluation Checklist to carry out your own evaluation. If you can demonstrate that your program meets the minimum number of criteria, you are ready to apply to get the recognition you deserve. 

Applications will be accepted starting in November 2017.  

List of accredited programs:

CEGEP de Saint Félicien (Quebec)

Techniques de tourisme

SMART + Premium

Centennial College   (Ontario)

Hospitality and Tourism Administration

SMART + Premium

Centennial College   (Ontario)

Hospitality - Hotel Operations Management

SMART + Premium

Ryerson University   (Ontario)

Hospitality and Tourism Management

SMART + Premium

Olds College             (Alberta)

Hospitality and Tourism Management

SMART + Premium


For more information, please contact accreditation@tourismhr.ca