Gittens earns CHT Global Certification



SIMPSON BAY – Dr. Natasha J. Gittens, Ph.D., CHE, CHT, President and CEO of Training Professionals International Firm (TPI) earned her Certified Hospitality Trainer (CHT) certification on November 29, from the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI).

The Certified Hospitality Trainer (CHT®) is the most prestigious certification available to a hospitality training executive. It identifies Gittens as one, who is part of an elite group of hospitality professionals, who by combining education and experience with dedication to the industry have achieved a high level of expertise. It is globally recognized, and the CHT® is a highly respected professional credential that validates Gitten’s advanced knowledge in the hospitality industry. It is an honor awarded to training professionals.

Achieving the CHT® certification announces that Gittens has a place among the best in her profession and is abreast of current trends and latest hospitality protocols, and serves as leverage in current and future career opportunities. Gittens is also a Master Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE) appointed by the AHLEI in 2016, one of only 13 in the world.

Gittens recently established the firm TPI, headquartered in Simpson Bay. The  firm has 4 established divisions: the Hospitality Division offering over 20 AHLEI Hospitality certifications:  Front Desk, Housekeeping, Server, Food and Beverage, to Management and Leadership courses; the Professional Development  Division, offering over 100 plus accredited trainings, certified by the Certified Professional Development Certification Service (CPD); the Organizational Services Division, referred to as the One-Stop-Option for Caribbean organizations, offering diverse trainings, Employee Orientation programs on-site, Team Building Retreats, Mentoring and Coaching services, Organizational Restructuring, Staffing placement, Secret Shopper Programs, and the Community Affairs Division, which offers free and engaging seminars quarterly for island communities that focus on building Human Capital for a stronger Caribbean at large.

The first upcoming community event, scheduled in St. Maarten, is “Stop Looking Back – Dr. Gittens’ 10 Steps to Success.” It will be held at Divi Little Bay Resort on January 7, 2017 from 3:00-6:00pm. Admission is free.

Dr. Gittens stated in a recent Press Release: “I am proud that TPI Firm has catapulted itself as a strong advocate for grooming our future professionals. TPI believes that we have hired individuals from abroad for long enough for our local positions. We want to be an instrumental force in changing that mindset. TPI acknowledges that we have good candidates on our islands for all positions. Therefore, we want to educate the Caribbean’s organizations, businesses and employees with professional knowledge to select good candidates and provide professionals with the right academic platform to excel in their fields on their motherlands. TPI is also committed to providing measurable support to the evolution of our Hospitality Sector by providing AHLEI certifications and courses that directly contribute to equipping our people with certifications that will allow them to be competitive in the World of Tourism.”

For more information on TPI, call (721) 526-2050 or 526-2050 or visit the TPI website: