PDP participants must have been employed full-time in the hospitality industry, or a related field, for a minimum of two continuous years prior to applying to the program.

While many cultures enrich the Cornell experience, English is the language of instruction in PDP. We do not require a TOEFL score; however, to participate in and benefit from the courses, participants must have well-developed English-language communication and reading comprehension skills.

If a participant's English-language skills preclude active and full involvement in the classroom sessions, he/she may be removed from the program without receiving certificates of completion or completing a certification.