Hotel and Restaurant Management

Hotel and Restaurant Management

If you're looking for a career that allows you to combine your people and leadership skills with plenty of opportunity for growth, our online Hotel and Restaurant Management Career Diploma can help you prepare for the job you want. Through flexible, online courses, you'll learn how to manage a restaurant or hotel on your schedule, from home. 

  • Can prepare students for management roles in restaurants, hotels, resorts, or cruise ships. 
  • Online hotel and restaurant management courses cover essential topics including managing a team, accounting, effective staff scheduling, and more.
  • Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the National Restaurant Association’s (NRA) ServSafe Manager certification, which is often required by the manager or person in charge of a work environment that regularly handles food. 
  • Our online programs are flexible enough for you to finish them at a pace that works for you, based on how much time you can dedicate to your coursework each week.
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What You Will Learn

  1. How to recruit, interview, and manage employees including how to determine staffing needs and the scheduling of responsibilities.
  2. How to plan a restaurant menu that accounts for customer preference, nutrient content, wording regulations, and pricing needs.
  3. How to enforce rules for hygienic food handling and washing of dishes, utensils, and other items.
  4. How to understand the duties and responsibilities of various positions you'll oversee as a hotel or restaurant manager.
Full Program Goal & Outcomes

Hotel/Restaurant Management Outcomes

Lodging Managers





Food Service Managers

AVG Salary*


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Our online Hotel and Restaurant Management Career Diploma Program can help students prepare for management roles in a variety of hospitality settings including restaurants, hotels, resorts, cruise ships, and more.

State Licensing Requirements

Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in certain fields are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered by your Penn Foster Program. You should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where you plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in your program. See the State Licensing page for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.

This is particularly important for residents of California and Florida.

Hotel and Restaurant Management Course Curriculum

  • 6 courses
  • 17 exams
  • 24.3 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Estimated completion time:

  • Fast track = 3 months
  • Average time = 7 months

With Penn Foster, you can learn at whatever pace works best for you. Some learners will be more comfortable moving faster, and dedicating more time, and the fast track estimate will apply to them. The average track will apply to most learners who can dedicate a few hours per week to completing their coursework. The estimated completion times are based on completion times for learners enrolled in this program from May 2021 - April 2022, excluding withdrawals.

In our accredited Hotel and Restaurant Management course curriculum, you'll learn the skills and knowledge that can help you prepare to start a rewarding career in hospitality management. Your online units include:

  • The Hospitality Industry
  • Managing People
  • Cost Controls
  • Restaurant and Banquet Service

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Hotel and Restaurant Management Work Experience Option

After completing your online hotel and restaurant management training courses, you can apply what you learned to real-world situations in a work experience option. This option is not required to graduate and students who choose to participate are responsible for finding their own site to complete the work experience. Penn Foster does not assist students with site placement.

Hotel/Restaurant Management Success Stories

Penn Foster’s Hotel and Restaurant Management Career Diploma Program can help prepare you for the first step in your hospitality management career. This program has helped recent graduates find new jobs or start their own businesses while learning at their own pace. Learn more about Penn Foster graduates' experiences and how Penn Foster worked for them. 
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Natalija D.

Penn Foster Graduate, 2023

“I loved this program. It was absolutely wonderful. I have children and it just worked out with my schedule and I definitely recommend it!”

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Hotel and Restaurant Management Tuition

Take the first steps toward a new career with our online Hotel and Restaurant Management Program. Simply choose from one of our low-cost customized payment plans below and get started today! 

Option 1: Pay in full

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  • No monthly payments
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Option 2: Monthly Auto Pay Plan

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  • Pay $59 per month
  • Start for $20 down
  • All major credit and debit cards accepted
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Option 3: Monthly Mail Pay Plan

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  • Pay $59 per month
  • Start for $49 down
  • Mail your payments
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California residents please click here for Required California Disclosures.

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Our Proven Hotel and Restaurant Management Learning Model

Empowering students to reach their professional goals


  • Start anytime
  • No exam due dates
  • Self-paced


  • Digital study guides
  • Self-check quizzes
  • Simulations and videos


  • 24/7 access to online resources
  • Online student community
  • Dedicated Learner Center


  • Expert faculty
  • Robust learning resources
  • Dedicated student services

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Hotel and Restaurant Management Program FAQs

What jobs can you get with a hotel and restaurant management career diploma?

With a diploma in both hotel and restaurant management, you're prepared for a variety of careers in the hospitality and tourism industry! After graduating, you may qualify for jobs as a hotel manager, restaurant manager, venue event coordinator, and more. 

What certifications are important in the hospitality industry?

There are a variety of certifications and credentials you can add to your hospitality resume depending on the career path you're interested in! Most of them aren't required to get a job in the field but can help you stand out from other applicants and enhance your industry knowledge. Some exams you may want to sit for after graduating from your program include:

  • Certified Hospitality Supervisor
  • Certificate in Foodservice Management
  • Certificate in Hospitality Management

Additionally, for those working with food or as a restaurant manager, sitting for the ServSafe Food Handler certification can be helpful! While it's not required in every state, many do have health regulations that require workers in the food industry to have this certification. Once you complete your hotel and restaurant manager training with Penn Foster, you can take the exam at no additional cost!

What is the career outlook for the hotel and restaurant industry?

The hotel and restaurant industry includes a wide variety of career paths from hotel management to working at convention centers. Some sectors of the hospitality industry may see more growth than others. For example, jobs in the hotel sector are expected to grow faster than average over the next decade.

What are some important skills required for being a hotel or restaurant manager?

In order to be a successful manager in any field, it's important that you have strong leadership skills, great written and verbal communication, and sharp interpersonal skills. You'll be work with a wide assortment of coworkers and clients, so it's important to be able to communicate and help every individual effectively. Outside of people skills, you'll also want to be detail-oriented, organized, and have strong problem-solving skills.