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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 Chandy Rice at chandy@okrestaurants.com

Thanks to our Supporter Partner! 







What's Happening
09.18.20
It is with great sadness that we share the news of Chef Michael Paske's passing. He was a great mentor, leader and friend to many in hospitality community. He was an incredibly talented chef, always passionate about his work and teaching others. The ORA will greatly miss you. If you would like to donate to his family, please click here.
07.06.20
The ORA Expo date has been changed! The new dates of the event are Wednesday and Thursday - December 2-3, 2020. For the health and safety of attendees and exhibitors, the ORA Expo Promise will be implemented, which will provide numerous health and safety measures. Please make plans to join us for the ORA Expo in early December.
04.29.20
The ORA is proud to announce its Oklahoma Restaurant Promise (ORP) campaign. The objective of the ORP is to help restaurants instill confidence with customers as they choose to return to dine-in service at Oklahoma restaurants. The Promise communicates your restaurant's pledge for the safety of your staff and customers, by each following the Promise.
06.05.20
Oklahoma has implemented a three-phased approach to open Oklahoma’s economy back up, and is currently in Phase 3 as of June 1, 2020. Click here to view the most up-to-date restaurant and bar guidelines.
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