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Inauguration of sixth intake for Certified Hospitality Finance and Management Accountant Professional Program

The CHFMA (Certified Hospitality Finance and Management Accountant sixth intake was inaugurated at SLITHM (Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management) recently.
CHFMA is the premier and the only professional qualification specialised in hotel accounting and operation in Sri Lanka which is offered by CMA Sri Lanka the National Professional Management Accounting Body in Sri Lanka jointly with SLITHM, the Government Training Institute for the Hospitality, Travel and Tourism Industry under the Ministry of Tourism Development.
Prof. Lakshman R. Watawala, the President of Certified Management Accountants of CMA Sri Lanka was the Chief guest at the ceremony, while Sunil Peiris, the course director of CHFMA and Former Senior Vice President / Sector Financial Controller – Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts Sri Lanka John Keells Holdings PLC and Rajitha Fernando, the Group Cost Controller of Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts and Senior Lecturer addressed the gathering at the event.
Prof. Watawala said that with the increasing demand for Hospitality and Tourism professionals locally and globally, a professional qualification in Finance and Accounting in the Hospitality and Tourism sector will enhance the knowledge of accountants and managers to improve the profitability and cost competitiveness of the industry.
There are plenty of opportunities to engage in this industry with stable employment and attractive salaries. He said that CHFMA has reached now to the final level which is Professional stage 2 and the first batch of CHFMA professionals will pass out at the end of the year.
Newly registered students also had an opportunity to listen to senior student’s life experience in CHFMA and success achieved in attending the program and passing the exams where they were promoted and rewarded by the employers. This batch consisted of100 registered students showing the great demand for the program.
The CHFMA program consists of four levels, Foundation, Certificate, Diploma and Professional and students after O/L and A/L and those with accounting experience can join at the Foundation level and those with part professional qualifications can join at the Certificate Level and will assist to train skilled finance and accounting staff for the hospitality sector.
Those interested to register could contact Dharshana on 077 887 9998 or email [email protected]

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