Tourism Professional Development Bursary
The Saskatchewan Tourism Education Council Department of Tourism Saskatchewan is pleased to offer professional development bursaries for the tourism sector in Saskatchewan. Bursaries are available for all five industries that make up the sector — accommodation, food and beverage services, recreation and entertainment, transportation, and travel services.
STEC will pay for applicable fees, up to $500 per participant, to cover the actual cost of emerit Professional or Specialist Certification and related training resources or tuition for tourism Apprenticeship Trades. Up to $5,000 is available for all approved bursaries each year.
- Applications are accepted from May 1 to 31.
- Successful applications will be determined at the discretion of Tourism Saskatchewan.
- Successful applicants will be notified by June 30.
- emerit Professional Certification applicants must be residents of Saskatchewan and currently employed in an eligible occupation with a minimum of 500 hours of experience.
- Apprenticeship applicants must be residents of Saskatchewan and have a minimum of 3000 hours of trade-related experience.
- The applicant must agree to complete the program within one year, by May 30, 2022 for applications approved in 2021.
- An applicant may not receive more than one bursary per year.
emerit Professional and Specialist Certifications available for the Tourism Professional Development Bursary
For more information about the emerit Professional and Specialist Certifications below, visit emerit.ca
Professional Certification, minimum 500 hours' experience needed:
- Event Coordinator
- Food and Beverage Server
- Freshwater Fishing Guide
- Front Desk Agent
- Housekeeping Room Attendant
- Hunting Guide
- Line Cook
- Reservation Sales Agent
- Retail Sales Associate
- Sales Manager
- Taxicab and Limousine Driver
- Tour Guide
- Tourism Trainer
- Tourism Visitor Information Counsellor
- Director of Housekeeping, minimum of 750 hours, or 500 hours for emerit certified Housekeeping Room Attendants, or 300 hours for emerit certified Supervisors
- Event Manager, minimum of 1,500 qualified hours of work experience in the occupation within the past three years and currently emerit certified as an Event Coordinator; or 3,000 hours of events or events-related activities within the past five years
- Event Management International, minimum 5,000 hours of relevant event management experience within the last five years
- Food and Beverage Manager, minimum of four years in the food service industry with two of those years being at a supervisory or managerial level
- Food and Beverage Management International, minimum of five years in the hospitality Industry with a minimum of three years’ experience as a Food and Beverage Manager in the last three years
- Heritage Interpreter, minimum of 1,200 hours of work experience in the occupation
- Hotel General Manager, minimum of five years in the hospitality Industry with a minimum of three years experience as a hotel general manager in the last three years
Apprenticeship trades available for the Tourism Professional Development BursaryFor more information about apprenticeships in the tourism trades below, see Tourism Apprenticeships or visit the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission website.
- Food and Beverage Person
- Guest Services Representative