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About IHMA

IHMA was established in 2004 to assist Australian Apprentices/Trainees and International Students to gain the necessary knowledge and skills in the Australian Hospitality Industry and to be able to competently compete for employment in the Hospitality Industry, aged care, education and corporate allied sectors in Australia and/or in other counties around the world. IHMA graduates have found work in the mining and maritime sectors, on oil rigs, drilling platforms, survey vessels and in the military among other areas utilising hospitality workers. IHMA has succeeded in doing so via the utilisation of Student Services and processes which include:

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
Classroom theory training (carpeted, climate controlled) - view an IHMA classroom
Training kitchen practicals (commercially graded and equipped kitchen) - view an IHMA practical session
Structured on-the-job training
Full time and intensive method training
Information Technology Computer Lab with Internet Access
Hospitality focused library resources within IHMA and with extensive Public Library Services available at the Yarra-Melbourne Regional Library in Church Street Richmond - within walking distance from the college.
The college is situated within 2 minutes walk of refreshments, cafes, restaurants and take away food
See the Student Information web page or Student Handbook 2016 for further information.

IHMA aims to achieve outcomes expected of traditional time served apprentices. Importantly, IHMA is a strong proponent of exposure to real commercial pressures to assist students gain real workplace competence in a range of cuisines and circumstances.

IHMA students must be at least 18 years of age. All IHMA students are treated as adults and must act and work like adults to achieve the outcomes set out in IHMA courses. Students are encouraged to contribute 100% to their own development while with IHMA. IHMA does not tolerate poor manners, poor behavior and/or low achievement. Students looking for a cozy ride in a taxi cab or time behind a popular convenience store counter should look elsewhere as:

IHMA uses a process for Course Progress Monitoring and Reporting. For further information on Standard 10 "Monitoring course progress"please use the following link to the National Code 2007- National Code of Practice for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2007 and look up "Standard 10".
A positive trade assessment (comprehensive holistic assessment) is required at the completion of each course as part of the final assessment of all units of competency.
IHMA expects students to complete all competency units with IHMA and does not in any way encourage students to complete competency units or parts of competency units with other providers even though students may be legally permitted.

One major goal of IHMA is to assist students that may not have met with expected training outcomes due to circumstances faced with another training provider. IHMA utilises a process of non-credential assessments, testing and closely supervised workplace simulations to establish the level of ability attained by a student at any point in their training. A gap analysis outcome is translated into training or workplace experience deficiencies and these are dealt with in a structured manner to bridge the identified gap.

IHMA courses and processes have been designed to meet the expectations of Australian employers and therefore allow participants make a valuable contribution to the hospitality industry, the Australian economy and community.

Geoff Wallace
Executive Director
AIT Pty Ltd t/as IHMA
30 December 2016


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