Academic Catalogs

Spa Management, Certificate of Achievement

Financial Aid Eligible
Banner Code: 1_CT_HMSM
Control Number: 22434

The popularity of spas in the U.S. has increased dramatically over the past few years and shows no signs of slowing. According to a recent international Spa Association study, the spa industry generated over $12.7 billion in revenue in 2015. Each year, more spas are being opened across the country creating new jobs for spa professionals.

Orange Coast College is one of the first community college’s to offer Spa Management certification. The greater Orange County area is thriving with spas and our program is in a unique position to provide students access to numerous world-class resorts and spas – right in our own back yard.

Coursework in the program provides comprehensive business education and industry input to create a well-rounded educational experience for career success in the Spa market. You will acquire business and management strategies, desirable skills for successful day-to-day operations, combined with long-range strategies necessary for growth and profitability.

With increasing integration of spas in the hotel, resort, medical, healthcare, and tourism industries, spa management professionals are in demand. Our graduates will have the knowledge and skills needed to become leaders in the spa industry

Program Outcome

  1. The outcome of this certificate of achievement is to prepare students for employment as a supervisor, manager, director or owner in the spa industry.

Certificate of Achievement Requirements

The Certificate of Achievement is a state-approved career program that requires a minimum of eight units and is designed to prepare the graduate to enter a particular field of employment.  In order to be awarded a certificate, students are required to obtain a grade of “C” or better in all program-required courses. Grades of “CR” or “P” will be accepted whereas “CR” or “P” meets the equivalency of a “C” or better.  At least 3 units in an advanced course from the certificate must be completed at OCC at the department’s discretion.  Certificates of Achievement are not automatically awarded.  A petition must be filed in Enrollment Services or online at the beginning of the semester in which the student will be completing their final requirements.  The petitioning periods are listed in the Graduation Requirements section of this catalog.  Check with a counselor to determine the requirements for completion.

A list of certificate programs can be found in the Programs A-Z section of this catalog.  

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
HTT A130 Cultural Tourism 3
HTT A160 Introduction to Spa and Hospitality Operations 1.5
HTT A165 Spa Industry Services and Treatments 1.5
HTT A180 Enhancing Guest Service 3
HTT A284 Leadership and Strategic Management 3
HTT A105 Passport to Success 3
HTT A170 Spa Industry Finance 1.5
HTT A175 Spa Marketing and Retail Management 1.5
HTT A185 Interviewing and Professional Development 3
HTT A285 Hospitality Operations 3
Year 2
HTT A138 Sharing the Travel Experience 3
HTT A240 Hospitality and Toursim Marketing 3
HTT A279 Spa Internship 4
 Total Units34

Spa Management Suggested Electives

Course Title Units
CMST A100Interpersonal Communication3
HTT A199Current Issues in Hospitality, Travel and Tourism0.5-1.5
SPAN A180Elementary Spanish 15