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The Program & Certification
The HospitAbilities program is a skills-based assessment, supporting the future of Oklahoma’s hospitality industry, for students of all capabilities. We know that not all students display their gifts and talents the same way. For some, a paper test just isn’t a good fit. This certification allows students to test by doing! The hospitality industry in Oklahoma has worked together with educators across the state to identify 18 essential service skills. In order to pass the certification, a student will need to choose 7 that they can complete. There are a variety of choices from hand-washing or rolling silverware to dicing an onion or making a bed. 

After practice and study, the Oklahoma Restaurant Association and Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association bring industry evaluators to the classroom to score students and sign off on their skills. All students who are able to pass 7 skills will be issued a Hospitalities Certification. 

One of the definitions of hospitality is a friendly and generous welcome. We, as the Hospitality Industry in Oklahoma, welcome students with this certification into our workforce and want to encourage them on their journey to be hospitality superstars!

View photos from our most recent testing days here

Volunteering Opportunities 
Interested in volunteering? We are always in need of industry evaluators that can assess the skills of our students! For more information, contact Lacey Pierson at lacey@okrestaurants.com

Thanks to our Supporter Partner! 







What's Happening
06.07.21
The Culinary Cook-off is a cooking competition that takes place during the ORA Expo. Oklahoma's most talented chefs will race the clock to create dazzling dishes using a mystery basket of ingredients. Chefs will compete in various heats until the contest is narrowed down to the last two chefs. Judges will consist of a panel of industry professionals who will critique each competitor on plate presentation, creativity, product taste, and sanitation practices, among other things. For each contestant, the high and low scores will be discarded. Chefs will be competing for a trophy, medals, and cash prizes. Learn more by clicking the link! #CCO2021
06.07.21
Support Oklahoma’s most talented bartenders as they compete for prizes in the Oklahoma Restaurant Association Cocktail Shakedown. This exciting competition takes place during the first day of the ORA Expo. Bartenders from all over the state will put their skills and abilities to the test as they compete to move through four timed rounds of cocktail preparations including the Championship Round. As each bartender lifts a shaker and creates his or her requisite signature concoction, they race the clock to create innovative and crazy delicious cocktails that will be judged on taste and balance, originality, drink presentation, and stage presentation. Each round reduces the number of talented competitors until the four finalists compete for the grand prize! Applications will be available soon.
05.13.21
The ORA Expo at the OK State Fair Park in Oklahoma City is considered the best opportunity of the year for hospitality professionals to connect with food and equipment manufacturers, and a range of other suppliers who are eager to feature products and services to help you reach that next level of success. With restaurants back in full swing, we know that operators are more interested than ever in products and innovations to help save money and build upon their success. This is one Expo you won't want to miss!
06.07.21
Thirst for a Cause, an annual event started in 2009, raises funds to help with urgent medical expenses for members of Oklahoma's hospitality industry. Through our non-profit Oklahoma Hospitality Foundation, we are able to give something back to the hard-working employees in the hospitality industry. Thirst for a Cause was established to meet the extreme medical needs of persons employed in the restaurant industry in Oklahoma. Funds are limited and will be awarded based on demonstration of need to long-term employees in the restaurant industry. Aid to individuals may only be provided if such individual has no other means to receive needed support, such as from insurance, government assistance programs, etc. Monetary support will not be granted directly to the individual, but to the entity supplying goods and services to the individual, i.e. hospitals, physicians, etc. As you walk around and sample food from some of Oklahoma City's best restaurants, you'll be able to meet and interact with winemakers from all over the wine world. These vintners, who represent some of the best wines available in the country, are coming all the way to Oklahoma to help raise money for our cause. This is THE best wine tasting event of the year! Nowhere else will you be able to meet this many vintners, taste this many great wines, and sample this much amazing food under one roof - right here in OKC!
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