Certified Rooms Division Executive (CRDE®)

The Certified Rooms Division Executive (CRDE®) is the most prestigious certification available to a rooms division executive. It identifies the recipient as being 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. Globally recognized, the CRDE® is a highly respected professional credential that validates your advanced knowledge in the hospitality industry. It is an honor awarded to lodging professionals whose leadership and managerial abilities are exemplary. Achieving the CRDE® certification announces that you have a place among the best in your profession, are abreast of current trends and latest hospitality protocols; and serves as leverage in current and future career opportunities. The CRDE® designation may be used on letterhead, business cards, and other writings.

  • Rooms Management
  • Financial Management
  • Motivation and Leadership
  • Human Resources Management

Because individual backgrounds vary widely in the hospitality industry, applicants may pursue the CRDE® designation if currently employed in these qualifying position(s): Executive-level or Management-level in Rooms Division Operations at a lodging hospitality company. Candidate Time in Position: 1-year, OR

  • One current AHLEI management , department head, or executive certification takes 6 months off time requirement (limit 1)
  • Degree from an accredited academic institution will take 6 months off time requirement (limit 1)

The CRDE® exam consists of 150 multiple-choice questions that must be answered within a three hour time period. All test questions are designed to test the candidate’s mastery of various competencies derived from four key areas of knowledge in combination with on-the-job hospitality work experience. The key areas of testing are:

  • Rooms Management
  • Financial Management
  • Motivation and Leadership
  • Human Resources Management

Once certified, designees are automatically enrolled in the CRDE®Recertification Program, which recognizes and rewards continuing efforts toward hospitality career growth. A portfolio to help track professional-development activities is provided. Every five years, the Certification Commission will recertify those who qualify based on their accomplishments. A new jeweled lapel pin (reflecting the number of years certified) and certificate are awarded at the time of each recertification.

  • Download Application Form
  • You can send it later to Email as well.
    Maximum File Size is 3MB.
  • Maximum File Size is 3MB.
  • Maximum File Size is 3MB.
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Fee includes:
  • Two Volume CRDE® Skills Guide
  • AHLEI Exam
  • AHLEI Certificate and Lapel Pin upon successful completion of the exam.


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