This educational initiative was designed to provide the Sonoma County hospitality workforce a comprehensive curriculum based on the foundational elements that make Sonoma County so unique.
Our professionals begin their journey by completing—what we refer to as—the Foundational Five. Five classes covering key areas of Sonoma County and its hospitality economy. Each foundational class will provide our professionals with critical tools for creating authentic engagement with our visitors.
The foundational five topics include the power of tourism; customer service and visitor safety; wineries and AVAs; natural environment and sustainability; and art, history and culture.
Once accredited, our members will have access to exclusive educational and networking opportunities as well as supplementary courses that will provide additional tools for their professional development.
Our unique curriculum has been designed with the insight of industry experts in each segment, providing tactical applications and hands-on experiences. All of this to elevate our professional’s knowledge, engagement, and confidence.
Whether you’re a manager looking to foster a stronger team within your company, or an individual looking to enhance your own marketability to employers, our accreditation is an endorsement of your expertise within the hospitality industry in Sonoma County.
We hope you’ll join us in making Sonoma County synonymous with an incomparable level of service for our visitors.
Foundational Five (FF) classes will be taught in-person throughout the county. Virtual classes will need to be considered with our program administrator.
Space may be limited in some in-person locations.
Date & Time
Foundational Five (FF) classes will be taught in ONE 4-hour block for in-person classes or TWO-2 hour blocks.
When signing up for the 2-hour block classes, be sure to select one (A) and one (B) as that will encompass all FF classes.
How to Become an AHP & Next Steps/FAQ's
Complete Your Registration
Each industry professional can sign up for the initial AHP Foundational Five classes for $45. Once the Foundational Five (FF) classes are complete, you will be able to enjoy continued networking and professional opportunities. This will allow you to engage with other AHPs and continue to grow your knowledge about Sonoma County, all while completing the annual continuing education (CE) element for the program. Expanded knowledge of our amazing destination will ultimately provide a more authentic experience for our visitors, facilitated by YOU!
The Foundational Five
Once you register, you will then receive a confirmation email that includes a link to sign-up for the Foundational Five classes. In-person classes will be taught in 4-hour blocks covering all FF components, while virtual classes will be offered for each individual FF element separately, to help fit a variety schedules. You can choose to complete the FF either in one 4-hour block, or by signing up for the individual FF classes. New class times will be published for continuing quarters as the year progresses.
If you don't see a class option that works for you, please contact [email protected] to see about upcoming availability options. If you need to take the FF later into the year, you will NOT need to re-register.
I'm accredited! Now what?
Continued Education & Networking Activities-
Sonoma County Tourism and the AHP program will offer a variety of continuing education elements throughout the year. You are ONLY required to earn 1 CE credit per each FF class (and each activity that we offer is worth 1 CE). So by attending five (5) (in person or virtual) of our CE opportunities, you will easily meet the CE requirement to continue your accreditation for the following year.
These CE opportunities are exclusive to our AHP's and will offer a variety of different platforms with information on many subjects that make Sonoma County so unique! -Lunch & Learn Series -Taste & Tour -Master Classes -Community Insights AND MORE to be announced as the year goes on!
Social engagement and connecting with our peers and other industry professionals is key! We will provide opportunities to create that amongst our members!
As the calendar of events is slated, if you are having trouble attending any of the CE elements, please contact [email protected] for other ways to continue your education and growing knowledge about Sonoma County!
BE SURE TO KEEP YOUR EMAIL UPDATED TO RECEIVE IMPORTANT COMMUNICATIONS ABOUT CE AND NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES! Notify [email protected] with any change in your employment and contact information.
When it's time for your annual renewal, you will receive a reminder! If you became accredited in the first quarter of the fiscal year, you will renew in the first quarter of each consecutive year (and so on).
The annual renewal fee is $20 per AHP. Once you receive the reminder at the beginning of the quarter, you will have the full 3 months to renew with your payment as well as make sure that you have completed your 5 CE credits.
If you have already attended several activities, you will be set. But if the year escaped you, this will be a chance to complete what is necessary and we will help guide you with what elements you still need.
Sonoma County is abundant in so many amazing ways! From its landscape and natural offerings, to its rich culture in arts and history, and the diversity of makers and influential businesses, we have many reasons to be proud to call this our home. Continue learning so that we as residents can appreciate more about our Sonoma County, and be able to share that knowledge with visitors, so they can enjoy our amazing destination with joy and respect of our culture and natural resources.
How much does it cost? The Foundational Five (FF) classes/initial accreditation is $45. Annual renewal is $20.
What do I need to do to renew? There are 5 Continuing Education (CE) credits required. CE opportunities provided for you throughout the year. All CE will be included with fees above, with occasional exception of a small fee for food and beverage, or transportation. You will be notified at time of scheduling about any additional fees.
Do I have to keep track of my continuing education? CE credits will be tracked for you if you utilize the offerings by Sonoma County Tourism and this program.
Are there other opportunities for me to learn? The AHP program will be the hub for helping to coordinate skilled enhancements such as the Food Handlers Certificate, Responsible Beverage Service and CPR certification. Please let us know if there are particular certifications that would be of use to you. (Costs determined by service provider).
How do I stay informed? Be sure to read our email communications coming from [email protected]. We suggest you add this email to your address book so that it doesn’t get stuck in your spam folder. You may also receive emails from [email protected].