ITP Training Center & Scholarship Office
43-47 37th Street, Long Island City, NY 11101
Call: (718) 361-5100 ext. 3600
Fax: (718) 361-8511
The courses offered through the Industry Training Program (ITP) are intended to improve members’ job skills and help advance their careers in the hotel industry.
Industry Training Program
The Industry Training Program (ITP) began in 1969. It was created in response to the growing need for better-trained employees within the workplace and to encourage worker advancement. The courses offered through the Industry Training Program (ITP) are intended to improve members’ job skills and help advance their careers in the hotel industry.
“This program is all about opportunity. It is about unlocking the potential of the very unique and able individuals that comprise the workforce of the New York hotel industry. Hotels have always been a gateway for immigrants and this program allows newcomers who are dishwashers to learn English, to get high school equivalency diplomas and, best of all, to better themselves by upgrading their job skills.”
President, New York Hotel Trades Council
Registration for ITP classes is continuous throughout the year. The following classes are available to eligible members. Please call for more information.
Engineering Department Programs
Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Mechanic
This course is designed to prepare you to qualify for certification as a refrigerant handling and recycling technician. You will understand the concepts of recovery, recycling, reclamation and proper refrigerant handling. The four-part EPA examination will be administered at the end of the course. Upon passing, you will hold EPA certification for all the following: Type I – Small Appliances; Type II – High/Very High Pressure Equipment; and Type III – Low Pressure Equipment. Holders of this EPA certification have authorization to purchase refrigerants and service sealed refrigeration systems. This certification is a prerequisite to obtaining a New York State Refrigeration license (Watch Engineer license). Classes meet for three hours once a week for fifteen weeks.
This course will prepare you to take the New York State Department of Environmental Protection Statewide Air Pollution Control certification exam. You will learn how hot water systems, steam systems and boiler controls operate; proper preventive and repair maintenance procedures; and how to operate the necessary tools and equipment. Classes meet for three hours once a week for fifteen weeks.
This course is designed to teach you about the tools and safety requirements of electrical work. You will learn how to read electrical plans and create systems, make connections, install wiring, switches and receptacles, and work with cable. Classes meet for three hours once a week for fifteen weeks.
This course will prepare you to take the New York City Generic Standpipe/Sprinkler System License exam. You will learn about plumbing systems, codes, tools and materials; cutting and soldering copper; fittings and pipes; and fire safety and prevention. Classes meet for three hours once a week for fifteen weeks.
Food and Beverage Department Programs
À la Carte Server
This course is designed to teach you the art of an à la carte service. You will learn the skills and responsibilities, including basic principles of hospitality, menu and service styles, dining room stations, equipment and setup, safety, greeting and seating guests, service sequence, and guest check procedure including cashiering with a point-of-sale system. Classes meet for four to five hours once a week for twenty-four weeks.
This course is designed to teach you the art of banquet service. You will learn the skills and responsibilities of a banquet server, including room and table set up, tray handling, food and beverage service, professionalism, and guest service. Classes meet for four hours once a week for eight weeks.
Tournant (Culinary Arts)
This one-year program is designed to train you for the position of Tournant or Roundsman. This position is sometimes referred to as swing cook and can work as needed throughout the kitchen. The program is made up of the following ten modules: Safety and Sanitation, Culinary Math, Nutrition and Dietetics, Knife Skills/Fruit & Vegetable Cuts, Traditional Kitchen Brigade/Stocks & Mother Sauces, Soups, Meat; Poultry; Seafood & Shellfish; Butchering Techniques, Fruit & Vegetable Product Identification/Vegetable & Starch Preparation, Cooking Eggs/Salads & Salad Dressings/Sandwiches, Hors d’oeuvre/Appetizers/Understanding Food & Beverage Service. Classes meet for four to six hours once a week for a full year.
General Life Skills Programs
The course begins with an explanation of the basic operation and functions of the computer, the keyboard and the mouse. You will understand the many ways the computer can simplify and enhance your day-to-day life through its various applications.
As the course progresses, you will become skilled at some of the programs in the Microsoft Office Suite including word processing, spreadsheet functions and database functions. You will also learn how to navigate the Internet to access the wealth of information that is available on the world-wide-web. Classes meet for three hours twice a week for 15 weeks.
The Industry Training Program can direct you toward free classes near your home to learn English as a Second Language (ESL), English reading comprehension or high school equivalency exam preparation. This service is available to active members / pensioners and their spouses.
The Industry Training Program Summary Plan Description (pdf) contains important details regarding plan administration, eligibility rules and covered services/benefits.