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OpenStax CNX is an educational content repository and management system optimised for the delivery of quality educational material. Founded in 1999, it broke new ground as one of the world's first open educational resources. The open-source platform is provided and maintained by OpenStax, which is based at Rice University in Texas.

OpenStax CNX was founded on the belief that academic and educational material can and should be made freely available to all and that it should be continuously added to and utilised. The educational content is provided by a broad range of volunteers, including many university professors, and features thousands of textbooks and journal articles.

Featuring learning material across all third level disciplines, OpenStax CNX has teamed with Alison to produce a series of courses focusing on workplace and skills training. These courses have been produced to provide and hone skills that will allow learners to thrive in the workplace and increase their employability.

Free, Online Courses Created by Openstax CNX

  • Diploma

    Diploma in Customer Service

    6-10 hrs
    This free online diploma course teaches you how to provide excellent customer service when dealing with the public.
  • Diploma

    Diploma in Food Safety

    15-20 hrs
    Ensure proper staff hygiene and pest prevention with the food safety practices taught in this free online course.
  • Diploma

    Diploma in Hospitality Management

    10-15 hrs
    Unlock career success: Master the skills needed for hospitality management in this free online course.
  • Certificate

    Introduction to Hospitality Management Studies

    1.5-3 hrs
    Learn the key principles, concepts, and skills required in hospitality management with this free online course.
  • Certificate

    Hospitality Management Studies - Hotel Operations

    1.5-3 hrs
    Get up to speed with the essential principles of hospitality management with this free online course from Alison.
  • Certificate

    Hospitality Management Studies - Food and Beverage Services

    1.5-3 hrs
    Learn more about the functions and operations of the food and beverage department in the hospitality industry.
  • Certificate

    Hospitality Management - Health and Safety in Food Service

    1.5-3 hrs
    Gain an in-depth understanding of the health and safety aspect of food service with this hospitality management course.
  • Certificate

    English for Tourism - Restaurant Service

    1.5-3 hrs
    Learn important English language skills for restaurant employees in this online course, English for restaurant workers.
  • Certificate

    English for Tourism - Hotel Reception and Front Desk

    1.5-3 hrs
    Learn the English language for work in a hotel reception and at the front desk with this free online course.
  • Certificate

    Food Safety Knowledge - Basic Level Requirements

    1.5-3 hrs
    Learn how to handle and store your food properly to prevent food-borne illnesses with this Food Safety Knowledge course.
  • Certificate

    English for Tourism - Tourist Information and Guided Tours

    1.5-3 hrs
    Enhance your English speaking skills and express yourself more confidently when guiding tours, with this free course.
  • Certificate

    Leadership Skills in Business

    1.5-3 hrs
    Boost your business leadership and management abilities, organisational skills, and recruitment know-how, for free.
  • Certificate

    Growth Strategies for Business

    1.5-3 hrs
    Gain a better understanding of business growth strategies, international marketing, and product evaluation.
  • Certificate

    Entrepreneurship: Creating the Business

    1.5-3 hrs
    Learn all about the characteristics of a successful entrepreneur and start your own journey with this course.
  • Certificate

    Preparing to Manage - Skills and Practices

    1.5-3 hrs
    In this management skills training course, learn how to build your business management skills and practices.
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