HTMP NewsBites September 2020

2020-2021 HTMP Opportunities

The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association Educational Foundation (FRLAEF) offers events, activities, monetary support as well as teacher and student support for your HTMP program. The FRLAEF believes participation in these activities can lead to a richer learning environment for you and your students.  Events and opportunities are listed throughout the August NewsBites below.

Mini Grants

The FRLAEF is offering $80,000 in Mini Grant funding to HTMP and ProStart schools this year. There is no fixed amount for individual grant awards, but to assist your planning, the average award last year was approximately $700.

There are two prerequisites for grant funding: 1) you must currently teach the HTMP curriculum, and 2) you must complete an HTMP Fall Survey (more info below).

The FRLAEF Board of Directors prefers to fund items that will make your classroom self-sustaining. If a piece of equipment is requested, it should be something that will be used frequently throughout the year.

The application deadline is Friday, October 2, 2020.

CLICK HERE for the online Mini Grant application.

HTMP/Foodsafety Curriculum & Fall Survey–Deadline This Month

The FRLAEF will distribute free HTMP and/or Foodsafety curriculum to Florida HTMP schools during the 2020-2021 school year. In order to receive free HTMP and/or Foodsafety curriculum, teachers should complete the Fall HTMP Survey. Once you have completed the survey, you may request up to $2,000 of free HTMP and/or Foodsafety curriculum!

CLICK HERE to complete the online Fall HTMP Survey. It is due no later than Friday, September 18, 2020.

How One Teacher Survived Remote Learning in the Spring

by Elisa Beardsley-Dodd, HTMP Teacher at Olympic Heights High School in Palm Beach County

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HTMP Best Practices Zoom Meeting Notes

The FRLAEF held two Best Practice zoom meetings for teachers to discuss ways they are navigating their fall teaching schedules.  The notes below are a combination of both Zoom calls.  The recording includes Elizabeth O’Brien, with the National Restaurant Association, providing an update on the new HTM materials which will be released in the spring of 2021.

CLICK HERE for meeting notes and to access one recording


Today Florida’s DOE approved the HTMP exams for remote proctoring. CLICK HERE for the list of approved home testing certifications.  This process will allow your approved proctor to administer the HTMP exam to up to 3 students at one time.  You will watch your students take the exam using your school sanctioned web/video conferencing software.

In the past, the fee to take the exam was covered when you purchased a scantron in the HTMP workbook.  There is currently no way to purchase just the HTMP scantron.  Therefore, you may turn in your current scantrons to receive your online voucher code.  Contact Stacey Metz at if you need to exchange scantrons for codes.




Florida HTMP Competition

The 2021 HTMP Competition is scheduled to take place February 12-13 at the Rosen Plaza in Orlando. With all of the uncertainty, we are not going to release the competition application or rules at this time. As soon as we decide what the 2021 HTMP Competition looks like, we will let you know.

CHI Scholarships Available

The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (EI) offers the Certified Hospitality Instructor (CHI) designation toCHI Profile_Page_1_Page_1 hospitality instructors. Professional certifications have become a requirement for many secondary school teachers and workforce instructors. The Certified Hospitality Instructor (CHI) provides teachers in secondary school hospitality classes and workforce development programs with a solid foundation of hospitality knowledge and skills, so they can more effectively convey the information to students and better prepare them for careers in hospitality. Prospective CHI candidates may teach one of EI’s hospitality programs, including the Hospitality and Tourism Management Program (HTMP), Skills, Tasks, And Result Training (START), or any other secondary-level hospitality curriculum.

The CHI learning format is a two-level self-study program that includes print resources and online study modules presented by Michael “Doc” Terry, CHE, a hospitality instructor at the University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management. Each level consists of 13 modules with an online exam that must be passed with a score of 70 percent or higher. The learning modules relate to the content presented in EI’s, two-year high school curriculum, the Hospitality and Tourism Management Program (HTMP). Candidates must also complete a 120-hour hospitality internship to earn the certification. Certification candidates have six months to complete the program requirements.

The cost for the new certification program is $750.00, which includes both books, the online courses, and the exams.

The FRLAEF will cover the training costs for each of the CHI Scholarship recipients.


More information can also be found here.


The FRLAEF will award at least $44,000 in scholarships during the 2020-2021 school year. The scholarship application will be available in late Fall/Early Spring.

All HTMP graduating seniors may apply for this one-time $2,000 scholarship.