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Certified Hospitality Facilities Executive (CHFE)

 Engineering executives must have effective human resources and facilities management expertise, sound judgment, and practical skills. The Certified Hospitality Facilities Executive (CHFE) certification gives you, employers, and customers’ confidence in your abilities; it means you’ve got the credentials to earn their trust. The CHFE designation may be used on letterhead, business cards, and other writings.


Qualifying Candidate

Executive-level or management level in engineering/facilities operations at a lodging hospitality company. Examples: Director/assistant director of engineering, chief/assistant chief engineer, engineering manager/assistant manager, facilities director/assistant director.



Candidate time in position: 1 year, OR

One current AHLEI management, department head, or executive certification takes 6 months off time requirement (limit 1)

Degree from an accredited academic institution will take 6 months off time requirement (limit 1)


Topics covered

1.         Facilities Management

2.         Facilities Systems

3.         Financial Management

4.         Leadership

5.         Human Resources Management



Candidates must submit an application and meet the necessary prerequisites. The CHFE program must be completed within one year from enrollment. Candidates have the option of extending their enrollment expiration date up to one year upon paying a $100 administration fee.


Fee includes

CHFE two volume study material

First exam

Certificate and lapel pin upon successful completion of the exam



We require that individuals arrange to take their examination under the supervision of an approved proctor.

A proctor may be a Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA®) or CHFE, a local educator, an HR director/manager, an AH&LA member association/federation executive, your immediate supervisor, or a member of the clergy. Designated proctor cannot be a relative.

Exam consists of 150 multiple-choice questions that must be answered within a three-hour time period.

Passing score: 70% or higher.

Two retakes are allowed if a candidate does not pass the exam. The fee is $50 and must be completed within the same one year time frame of enrollment.

Exam is available online and paper-based.


Recertification: Every five years

Once certified, designees are automatically enrolled in the CHFE Recertification Program, which recognizes and rewards continuing efforts toward hospitality career growth. A new jeweled lapel pin (reflecting the number of years certified) and certificate are awarded at the time of each recertification. www.ahlei.org/recertification