Hospitality Assistant

Level 1
The Hospitality Assistant learns the basics of the hospitality sector (i.e. front office services, accommodation services, and food and beverage). You can also assist in simple kitchen tasks or work in a restaurant, a buffet or counter, or the front of an establishment. As a hospitality assistant, customer service is an important part of your work.

Course : Hospitality Assistant
Availability:Day or Evening Programs
Duration:1 years


The Hospitality Assistant works under direct supervision of a manager and according to instructions and (time) planning he or she receives from the manager. The Hospitality Assistant is responsible for his or her work. This work is regularly checked by the manager. Teamwork is a part of the Hospitality Assistant’s work, and he or she can consult colleagues and notify a manager when necessary.


The Hospitality Assistant work according to routines, standard procedures, and combinations of (standard) procedures. The tasks vary from basic complex, depending on the problem or the context of the problem.


The skills you will learn in the Hospitality Assistant program are easily transferrable to multiple areas in the industry, and they include effective communication, preventive maintenance, and food and beverage preparation.
- Accuracy
- Resourcefulness
- Flexibility
- Self-reliance
- A helpful attitude
- Result-oriented work attitude
- Affinity with hospitality
- An analytical and conceptual intellect
- Oral and written command of English
- Ability to function in as a team member


After completing the Hospitality Assistant program at NIPA, you can either go directly to work in the field, continue studying for a career in the hospitality industry, or change career pathway. Possible career opportunities after completing level 1 are:
- Bar Back
- Busser
- Server’s assistant
- Host/Hostess

One of the areas you will immediately qualify for admission into is the Chef (level 2) program. However, even if you choose not to continue as a chef, there are many other opportunities, covering a range of skills and income levels.


This program consist of classes in school and practical training in the workplace. A few days a week you will work at a company as a student employee. The practical training allows you to practice your skills and to learn all about the profession from professionals in real situations. This also means you will already have some work experience when you finish the program.


Submit your application

There are no entry requirements to enter a level 1 course.

Level info:
Level 1 Assistant.

Transitional options:
NIPA is using the SBO module system in transitioning from one year to the next.
This implies that grades obtained in the previous year will be carried over to the following year.
Students can thus follow the modules from the following year even if they did not successfully complete modules from the previous year, which can be retaken.

In order for a student to obtain an SBO diploma, they would have to successfully complete all partial qualifications.

There is also an opportunity to achieve partial qualification certificates.
In this system, the student is always rewarded, for achieving satisfactory grades.

Most SBO programs allow students to transition to higher levels depending of the structure of the program and if the program is being offered by the institute.

With a level 1 diploma, a graduate would be eligible to enter into a level 2 course.

5 reasons
to join NIPA:

  1. If you live in St. Maarten / St. Martin, you won't need to leave family and friends while you pursue your studies.
  2. NIPA has a dedicated staff of professionals to guide, support and motivate you throughout your studies.
  3. You will gain technical and vocational skills at an affordable price.
  4. You will receive extensive opportunities for further education and career development.
  5. Your experience will be life-changing.
I love where I work, and NIPA has helped me grow in my job.
Jean Charles Mackenson
working at IGY Marinas,
St. Maarten Apprenticeship

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