TPA will work very closely with relevant government ministries and departments to establish accreditation system for the industry. This critical subcommittee was constituted and has developed the accreditation guide lines both for practice and academia.

 

MEMBERSHIP AND ACCREDITATION COMMITTEE

 

Members

Prof. Richard O. B. Makopondo            –        Chairman

Ms. Lilliane W. Mugo                             –        Secretary

Mr. Robert Kinyua                                 –        Member

Mr. Antony Ngunga                               –        Member

Ms. KellenNdii-kibe                               –        Member

Mr. Kennedy Ayoti                                –        Member

Dr. Jacqueline Korir                              –        Member

 

Categories of Membership

The membership categories are identified follows:

  1. Student Member
  2. Affiliate Member
  3. Associate Member
  4. Chartered Member
  5. Chartered Fellow
  6. Corporate
  7. Honorary

 

Minimum Entry Requirements/Criteria for each Category of Membership.

 

I         Student Member (No Voting Rights)

This category of membership applies to any student pursuing a recognized hospitality, leisure and tourism program at an institution recognized by the relevant ministry, Commission for University Education, and/or other accrediting bodies or authorities..

 

2        Affiliate Member (No Voting Rights)

For one to be admitted to this membership category, one must:

  1. a) Be a graduate with a certificate, diploma, or degree from an institution recognized by the relevant ministry, Commission for University Education, and/or other accrediting bodies or authorities.

 

3        Associate Member (Assoc. M-TPAK)

This category of membership confers designatory letters upon an individual (Assoc. MTPA). Chartered Members have full voting rights and can hold office in TPA.  The Associate Membership is the first category of membership with voting rights and whose members qualify to use the official designated title. Associate Members have full voting rights and can hold office in TPA.

 

For one to be admitted as an Associate Member, one must have:

  1. Must have been an Affiliate member for a minimum of 3 Years
  2. Minimum of a bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification from an institution recognized by the relevant ministry, Commission for University Education, and/or other accrediting bodies or authorities.
  3. Must have attended at least four (04) Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Course organized or recognized by the Tourism Professional Association. Each member shall be expected to attend at least one (01) CPD Course per year for the first two years and two (02) during the third year as an Affiliate Member.
  4. Must be a member in good standing.

 

4       Chartered Member (CM-TPAK)

This category of membership confers designatory letters upon an individual (CMTPA). Chartered Members have full voting rights and can hold office in TPA.  To qualify to be admitted as a Chartered Members, one must:

  1. Meet the qualifications to be an Associate Member
  2. Have been an Associated Member for at least four (04) Years
  3. Have attended at least four (04) Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Course organized or recognized by the Tourism Professional Association. Each member shall be expected to attend at least one (01) CPD Course per year for at least four (04) years as an Associate Member.
  4. Have a Minimum of a Master’s degree or its equivalent from an institution recognized by the relevant ministry, Commission for University Education, and/or other accrediting bodies or authorities.

 

5       Chartered Fellow (CF-TPAK)

This category of membership confers designatory letters upon an individual (CFTPA). Fellows have full voting rights and can hold office TPA Office.  To qualify for to be a Chartered Fellow, one must meet the following criteria:

 

  1. Meet the qualifications to be a Chartered Member
  2. Has a Minimum of a Master’s degree or its equivalent from an institution recognized by the relevant ministry, Commission for University Education, and/or other accrediting bodies or authorities.
  3. Has made a significant personal contribution to the industry
  4. Has been in a Senior Management position for at least 5 years
  5. Has been an Chartered Member for at least five (05) Years or at the discretion of the Executive Committee be considered for direct entry in accordance with the Bye-Laws
  6. Must have attended at least five (05) Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Course organized or recognized by the Tourism Professional Association. Each member shall be expected to attend at least one (01) CPD Course per year for at least five years as a Chartered Member.
  7. Should be able to demonstrate a significant contribution to the aims and work of the Tourism Professional Association
  8. Applications for upgrading to Fellowship shall be supported by TWO Fellows of the Tourism Professional Association, who shall have knowledge of the candidate for THREE years immediately preceding the application. Referees must not be members of the applicant’s immediate family circle.
  9. In exceptional circumstances, the Executive Committee may, at its discretion, accept THREE references from those who are not Fellows of the Tourism Professional Association, provided such persons hold senior management positions in the hospitality, leisure, and tourism industries or institution of higher learning, and who have knowledge of the applicant for at least THREE years immediately preceding the application. Referees must not be members of the applicant’s immediate family circle. For purposes of applications for upgrading to fellowship, referees from the Academia must have at least 10 years in a senior position.

6       Corporate /Sponsorship

This category of membership is reserved for a group of individuals working within one institution who meet the minimum requirements to be Affiliates, Associate and Chartered Members, who wish to benefit from discounted rates and other special benefits. For purposes of Corporate Membership/Sponsorship, a group shall be defined as a minimum of five (05) persons working in the same establishment.  Individuals who qualify for the Corporate Membership package shall be assigned the designated category of Affiliate, Associate or Chartered Member based on their qualifications. Sponsoring corporations, enterprises, and organizations may also enjoy special benefits and privileges made available by the Tourism Professional Association.

 

7       Honorary Member

An honorary membership is to be conferred to individuals that merit recognition, but do not have the formal training or education to practice as a hospitality, leisure and tourism professional, or retired professionals who have made significant contribution to the field. This category of membership shall be awarded to a person who has made distinctive contributions to the goals and objectives of TPA or pursuits allied with hospitality, leisure, tourism and/or related industries as well as the fields of education and training, outreach, and research. Honorary members shall be elected by the Executive Committee after recommendations by at least three Chartered Fellows.

 

CERTIFICATION

TPA will recognize individuals for ongoing membership and participation. 

TPA recognizes that our success depends on the stability and growth of our membership.

In addition to membership awards, the association will also recognize members for outstanding service, participation in events, and legislative efforts on behalf of the association. Membership certificates will be awarded to individuals who meet the above criteria and will be recognized as evidence of professional achievement.  This award will serve as an official document stating that a particular person owns membership to TPA for the period indicated on the annual certificate.