The Program & Certification

The HospitAbilities program is a skills-based assessment, supporting the future of Oklahomas hospitality industry, for students with physical or intellectual disabilities. We know that not all students display their gifts and talents the same way. For some, a paper test just isnt a good fit. This certification is a tailored curriculum designed to teach industry-approved competencies and jobsite skills. The hospitality industry in Oklahoma has worked together with educators across the state to identify 18 essential service skills. In order to pass the certification, a student will need to choose 7 that they can complete. There are a variety of choices from hand-washing or rolling silverware to dicing an onion or making a bed. 

After practice and study, the Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association and the Oklahoma Restaurant Association bring industry evaluators to the classroom to score students and sign off on their skills. All students who are able to pass 7 skills will be issued a Hospitalities Certification. 

View photos from our most recent testing days here


The HospitAbilities program has received praise and recognition by many, as well as won the ISHA Award of Excellence in the Education and Workforce Development division. This award is an honor, and one that the Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association is very proud of! 


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Upcoming Testing Days

Twice a year the HospitAbilities program hosts testing days at the Francis Tuttle Technology Center in Oklahoma City to certify students.

Volunteer Opportunities 

Interested in volunteering? We are always in need of industry evaluators that can assess the skills of our students! For more information, contact Roberta Helsley.