Tourism Management Certificate Program


The tourism industry in West Virginia employs over 44,000 people and has been growing by an average of 5.4% over the past ten years. The growth of the industry requires a pool of trained employees. Finding appropriately trained supervisory staff is an issue for many tourism businesses and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics say the industry is seeking higher levels of professionalism among staff. The outlook for jobs in the field is projected to grow by 8% between 2010 and 2020.

The Certificate Program in Tourism Management is a 15 hour program designed for employees in the tourism or hospitality industry who have not completed a bachelor's degree in the field to continue their professional education. The Certificate in Tourism Management program consists of five courses in on-line formats to develop a better knowledge of issues in the tourism management field and to develop the skills of management. Students in the program have up to three academic years to complete the program. Course availability ensures that students who choose, may complete the program within one year.

This program is designed for:

  • People who have a job in the tourism industry without having completed a Bachelors degree.
  • People who have a job in the tourism industry but have completed a Bachelor’s degree in a field that did not prepare them for managerial or supervisory positions in the industry.


Program Requirements

The certificate program requires the completion of five courses

  • RTM 105C Introduction to Tourism Management (3)
    (available Fall, Spring and Summer semesters)
  • RTM 309C Lodging Management (3)
    (available Fall semester)
  • RTM 315C Management of Service Organizations (3)
    (available Fall semester)
  • RTM 328C Design and Maintenance of Recreation Facilities (3)
    (available Spring semester)
  • RTM 415C Meetings, Conventions and Special Events Management (3)
    (available Spring semester)


There is a special tuition rate of $500.00 per course for participants in the Tourism Management Certificate Program. There may be additional costs for books and course materials.

Contact Information

Dr. Roy Ramthun
Professor of Recreation and Tourism Management
Office: Marsh Hall, Room A119
Telephone: 304-384-5263

Recreation and Tourism Management
Certificate in Tourism Management Program
​Concord University
Campus Box F-42
Marsh Hall 105
P.O. Box 1000
Athens, WV 24712-1000