Requirements for hospitality management in Kenya [All you need to know]

Last updated on February 28th, 2024 at 04:42 pm

This article has the requirements for hospitality management in Kenya if this is what you have been looking for.

So, if you are planning to specifically, pursue a hospitality management  course in Kenya, you are in the right place.

In this article, we will look at all the hospitality courses offered in Kenya, minimum entry requirements for each, where the course is offered, career prospects and much more

Continue reading……

Requirements for hospitality management in Kenya

So, what is hospitality management course all about?

Well, if you are not aware what this course is all about, read on for what you need to know:

To better guide you, this is a course that equips you with knowledge and skills that enables you to oversee and coordinate various aspects of businesses within the hospitality industry which includes establishments such as hotels, restaurants, resorts, event venues, and tourism-related services.

Simply, you will focus on all the operation that take place in a hotel or restaurant industry that includes ensuring that guests and customers have a positive and satisfying experience while utilizing the services provided by any of the above listed establishments.

Skills/ interest you require to pursue hospitality management course?

  • You should have a genuine interest in serving and interacting with people.
  • You must be able to communicate effectively.
  •  You should be creative
  • Be organized
  • You must be respectful and sensitive to various cultures, traditions, and customs since you will be dealing with a diverse range of guests and colleagues
  • Have leadership ability
  • You must also have the problem-solving skill
  • Also, you should be in a position to pay close attention to even the smallest details like cleanliness and so on.
  • Lastly, you should be able to handle stress and maintain composure under pressure since  it is important for effective management.

Certificate, diploma, and bachelor in hospitality management in Kenya requirements- including KUCCPS entry requirements

Certificate in Hospitality Management (Hospitality Management)

Minimum entry requirements:

A mean grade of D plain in your KCSE

Cluster Subjects requirements:


Some of the institutions offering certificate in hospitality management course in Kenya

  • Institute of Certified Studies -Nairobi
  • Amboseli Institute of Hospitality and Technology
  • Tsavo Institute of Technology-Voi
  • Chuka Institute of Business Studies-Tharaka Nithi
  • East Africa College of Tourism and Hospitality Management

Side note: It should be noted that that KUCCPS does not offer certificate in hospitality management course in Kenya.

Therefore, if you start from the certificate level, then you must enroll for the course in the recognized private institute and from there you can upgrade from certificate to diploma or even bachelors.

Diploma in Hospitality Management

Minimum mean grade:

  • KCSE mean grade of C-minus

Cluster Subjects requirements:

  • NONE

Where offered:

  • Masinde Muliro University of Science & Technology
  • Matili Technical Training Institute
  • Pwani University

Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management/Bachelor of Science (Hospitality Management)/ Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality Management

Minimum entry requirements:

  • C+ plus in your KCSE mean grade

Cluster Subjects requirements:

Have at least C+ plus or above in any two of following subjects: Mathematics, chemistry, home science, biology, business, agriculture, computer science, and geography.

Alternatively, you can enroll for this course if you have a diploma in a related area from a recognized college/university.

Universities offering bachelor of hospitality in Kenya

  • Gretsa University
  • Kenya Methodist university
  • Mount Kenya University
  • Murang’a University of Technology


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Your responsibilities as a hospitality manager after graduating

  1. Ensuring the comfort, satisfaction, and well-being of guests by providing exceptional customer service and addressing their needs and concerns.
  2. Managing the day-to-day operations of the establishment, which may involve coordinating staff, maintaining facilities, and overseeing various departments.
  3. Developing strategies to attract and retain customers, promoting the establishment’s offerings, and driving revenue through effective marketing and sales efforts.
  4. Handling budgeting, financial planning, cost control, and revenue management to ensure the financial viability and profitability of the industry.
  5. Make sure the hotel or restaurant maintains high standards of service quality, cleanliness, safety, and overall guest satisfaction.
  6. You will also be responsible when it comes to organizing and hosting various events, conferences, meetings, and gatherings within the establishment.
  7. Additionally, it is your duty to formulate long-term business plans, setting goals, and adapting to changing market trends and customer preferences.
  8. Last but not least, you will also be responsible in ensuring that the business adheres to relevant laws, regulations, health and safety standards, and industry best practices.

Requirements for hospitality management in Kenya-wrap-up

In summary, if you have made up your mind  to pursue a hospitality management course, it should be noted that it does not only require formal education entry requirements.

In short, it requires a combination of formal education, interpersonal skills, management abilities, and industry knowledge among others.

But all in all, although the job market has a lot of competition, it is a course worth pursuing  if you are a go getter.

All the best as you apply!


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