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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 Theresa Martin at theresa@okrestaurants.com

Thanks to our Supporter Partner! 







What's Happening
05.13.21
Odyssey de Culinaire is a fundraising and awareness dinner to benefit the Oklahoma ProStart® Program. This ever-popular event, which is open to the public, features 2 great evenings of dining with many of Tulsa and Oklahoma City's finest chefs being featured in their home cities. Each of the five courses features a chef mentoring a culinary student to treat attendees to an incredible five-course dinner. Experience an energetic evening and make an impact on culinary education in Oklahoma! Join us for one or both Odyssey de Culinaires - the Oklahoma Restaurant Association's only event open to the public!
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!
01.27.21
Well, it looks like instead of opening the golf season - the ORA Golf Classic will have the opportunity to close the golf season. Because of unfortunate course conditions brought on by the freeze earlier in the year, the Oklahoma Restaurant Association will now host the 2021 ORA Golf Classic on a new date - Monday, October 11, 2021, at Quail Creek Golf and Country Club in Oklahoma City. We hope you'll join us later this year, as members gather to enjoy friendship and a great day on the course. Tee boxes and greens should be in excellent shape by then!
11.17.20
The ORA 2021 Strategic Partnership and Marketing Program provides an “at a glance” annual review of ORA’s event calendar and marketing opportunities. It gives you the chance to plan in advance, allocate your marketing budget more effectively. Check out Key Club Partner status! For more information download your copy of the best hospitality marketing program around, or contact Patti Colley at patti@okrestaurants.com or 405.942.8181.
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