Required Industry Trainings

Human Trafficking Prevention: All CT lodging employees are required to have annual training. 

  • Check with CLA for scheduled trainings. 
  • In-house training through the DHS Blue Campaign: The Blue Campaign is the unified voice for DHS' efforts to combat human trafficking. Print and review the hospitality toolkit in either ENGLISH or SPANISH. Then watch the DHS What is Human Trafficking VIDEO. Make sure to document trainings with date and save in the employees personnel file. 
  • AAHOA Human Trafficking Awareness Training is a FREE digital educational offering available for AAHOA members and their employees. 
  • AHLA Human Trafficking Awareness TrainingYour Role in Preventing Human Trafficking: The American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute’s long-standing online training program, available through AHLEI by the AHLA partnership with Marriott InternationalECPAT-USA and Polaris, addresses the issue of human trafficking and discusses the intersections between human trafficking and the hospitality industry. The training is available in 17 languages to ensure that global hospitality organizations can share this important program as widely as possible. For additional training programs, visit PolarisECPAT-USA and BESTWebsite
  • Other resources
    • HART (Human Anti-trafficking Response Team) offers many videos, data, and resources. 

    • LOVE 146 resources will go over instructions on how to talk to managers and owners at hotels and motels about how to identify and report sex trafficking. Ideally, your group will be able to put up a poster in the hotel/motel with information about the National Human Trafficking Hotline where it will be easily visible to employees, and also schedule a training session with the employees to go over the indicators of trafficking.

Sexual Harassment Prevention: Connecticut law now requires sexual harassment training for all employees. Employers must now provide two hours of sexual harassment training to all employees in Connecticut, not just supervisors. New employees hired after October 1, 2019, must be trained within six months of hire.

  • Contact Siegel O’Connor for trainings. 
  • AHLA: Sexual Harassment Prevention in the Hospitality Industry is an interactive training program to address and help prevent sexual harassment and the harmful impact it has on individuals and businesses. Developed specifically for our unique industry, this modern, engaging course features scenario-based learning and focuses on the impact to individuals and emphasizes the responsibility each employee has to maintain a respectful and inclusive workplace.

Professional Development

American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute

AHLEI was founded in 1953 to provide working hospitality professionals with education and training. AHLEI continues to meet the needs of the industry with a variety of hospitality solutions, including online learning, professional certification, and resources for high schools, colleges, and workforce agencies. ahlei.org

AHLA in partnership with STR offers Certification in Hotel Industry Analytics (CHIA) program. More info

We Want You

The tourism industry is one of the fastest growing industries in Connecticut. If you have an interest in the hospitality field, many local colleges and universities offer both certification programs and 4-year degrees.

The following accredited two and four-year colleges and universities offer programs in hospitality management and culinary arts.

Central Connecticut State University

1615 Stanley St., New Britain, CT 06050
Phone: 860-832-3227

Gateway Community College

20 Church St., New Haven, CT 06510
Phone: 203- 285-2000

Lincoln Culinary Institute

8 Progress Dr, Shelton, CT 06484
Phone: 203-929-0680

Manchester Community Technical College

PO Box 1046, Manchester, CT 06040
Phone: 860-647-6132

Mitchell College

437 Pequot Ave., New London, CT 06320
Phone: 860-701-5000

Naugatuck Valley Community Technical College

750 Chase Pkwy., Waterbury, CT 06708
Phone: 203-575-8175

Norwalk Community Technical College

88 Richard Ave., Norwalk, CT 06854
Phone: 203-857-7355

Southern Connecticut State University

501 Crescent St, New Haven, CT 06515
Phone: 203-392-7278

Three Rivers Community College

574 New London Turnpike, Norwich, CT 06360
Phone: 860-215-9000

University of New Haven

300 Boston Post Rd., West Haven, CT 06516
Phone: 203-932-7362

Workforce Development

Workforce Alliance and the University of New Haven have developed a four week certification program. For more information, contact Workforce Alliance at 203-624-1493.

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