Month: October 2021

Admission into 2021/2022 Academic Session

ADMISSION IN PROGRESS

 

Admission is in progress into our National Innovation Diploma (NID), National Vocational Certificate (NVC), Diploma and Certificate Courses for 2021/2022 sessions.

Click on the Application Form to start your registration process.

APPLICATION FORM

NATIONAL INNOVATION DIPLOMA (NID) IN HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM STUDIES

NID is designed to produce middle level skilled and competent personnel capable of carrying out supervisory roles in the hospitality and tourism industry. This program is targeted at young school leavers looking for a pathway to university, unemployed or underemployed graduates looking for requisite employable skills and employed graduates who desire relevant or additional skills.

Duration: Two (2) years

Fee: ₦420,000 with payment plan option of 40/40/20 payable in three (3) semesters available

 

NATIONAL VOCATIONAL CERTIFICATE (NVC) IN HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM STUDIES

NVC is designed to produce craft skilled individuals who will be able to meet the manpower requirement needed to flourish in Hospitality and Tourism Industry. This program is available to Post Basic students (Post JSS), those out of school for a long time and are opened to gaining access to re-skilling and up-skilling in the Hospitality and Tourism Industry.

Entry Requirements:

  • Post Basic Education Certificate (Post JSS) with at least 5 credits in English Language and any three science subjects at JSS level

Duration: Three (3) years

Fee: ₦420,000 with payment plan option of 40/40/20 payable in three (3) semesters available

 

 DIPLOMA COURSES:

  • Bar Operations & Management
  • Baking Craft
  • Customer Service & Relationship Management
  • Tour Guiding & Operation
  • Food & Beverage Service Operations
  • Event Planning Management & Decoration
  • Front Office Operation & Management
  • Housekeeping Operations
  • Hotel & Catering Operations
  • Leisure & Tourism Management
  • Hospitality Business Development & Entrepreneurship
  • Advance Event Planning & Management

CERTIFICATE COURSES:

All Certificate courses are N50,000 each for a duration of 10 days (2 Weeks)

  • Mixology (Non-Alcoholic drinks only)
  • Tour Guiding
  • Hospitality Business Development & Start-up
  • Sustainability & Eco-Tourism
  • Event Decoration
  • Housekeeping Service Operation
  • Cleaning Service
  • Food Costing and Catering Service
  • Hospitality and Business Marketing
  • Food and Beverage Service Operation
  • House Keeping Operation/Services
  • Front Office Operation
  • Customer Service and Relationship Management
  • Hospitality Business and Marketing

To get more information about each courses, click here

For more enquiries, contact 08095559996 or send an email to info@masterminds.institute

Celebrating at IDP Camp, Kaura

CELEBRATING INTERNATIONAL CHEFS DAY AT IDP CAMP, KAURA

Creating an impact is an act we must never get tired of just as these wonderful chefs did to put a smile on these children faces.
IDP Camp, Kaura

International Chefs Day, October 20th, 2021

Giving back to society by celebrating International Chef Day at IDP Camp, Kaura
We are happy to be of impact

Masterminds Catering and Culinary Institute, where Hospitality becomes Mastery

Address: Plot 83, David Lot Close. off 1st Avenue, Gwarimpa, Abuja

Phone Number: 08095559996

Email Address: info@masterminds.institute

Diploma in Food Preparation and Cooking (Culinary Arts) Level 2, City and Guilds

Professional Diploma Program in Cookery (IVQ Level 2)- Diploma in Food Preparation and Cooking (Culinary Arts), (8065-02) City and Guilds London

 

 

ADMISSION IN PROGRESS

This is a program that will set you on the right path if you are looking to start a career as a professional chef in the hospitality and restaurant industry or you want to set up a food business of international standard. It’s an intensive culinary training based on classical continental cuisine that incorporates basic to advanced skills and knowledge necessary for commercial food production.

This program comes with an international certification accredited by City & Guilds, London and with it you can get a work permit and relocate legally within 12 months or less

Duration: Six (6) months

Fee:   ₦1,200,000

Payment Plan: 65% at registration, 20% at 6 weeks and 15% at 10 weeks.

10% discount on full payment

Entry Requirements

  • Minimum,18 years of age
  • Health test of fitness
  • A successful interview

 

 

Modules

  • Prepare food for cold presentation
  • Safety at work
  • Food Safety in Catering
  • Healthier foods and special diets
  • Prepare, cook and finish stocks, soups and sauces
  • Meat, poultry and offal
  • Fish and shellfish dishes
  • Vegetables, fruits and pulses
  • Rice, grain, farinaceous products and egg dishes
  • Bakery products
  • Hot and cold desserts and puddings
  • Catering Operations, Cost and Menu Planning
  • Culinary Arts Principles

Benefits

  • International Certification by City and Guilds London
  • Level 2 Food Safety in Catering Certification
  • World recognized certificate
  • Comprehensive knowledge and skills
  • Expertise in Hospitality Trade
  • Elevated recognition in the Hospitality Industry
  • A pathway to working abroad within 12 months or less through MCCI
  • Downpour of opportunities
  • Relocate legally within a year or less through MCCI
  • Economy Independence
  • Payment plan available; 65% at registration, 20% at 6 weeks, and 15% at 10 weeks
  • 10% discount on full payment

 

Who is it for?

  • Professional Chefs
  • Bakers
  • Pastry Chefs
  • Certified workers in the food industry
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Passionate Cooks
  • Business Owners
  • Food Operators

 

For more information, call 08095559996 or send an email to info@masterminds.institute

MCCI DIPLOMA AND CERTIFICATE COURSES

Masterminds Catering and Culinary Institute’s Certificate Courses in Hospitality

(Internationally and Nationally Accredited)

MCCI Professional Certificate Course Overview

GENERAL OVERVIEW

These Continuous Program Development Courses are designed to equip the professionals in the Hospitality and Tourism Industry with skills and knowledge for improved productivity and efficiency in the workplace.

Who is it for?

  • Skilled and unskilled workers in the hospitality industry
  • Entrepreneurs in the hospitality industry
  • Hospitality consultants
  • Fast food operators

Certificate in Mixology (Non- Alcoholic)
If you want to take a deep dive into the world of Mocktails, Brews and Artistic beverages,
your first steps are with us! At MCCI, we strive to provide a holistic learning experience in
each of our courses  and our Mixology Course is no different. In this course you’ll put your creativity to the test and learn the art of mixology and bar tending from the best.

These are:
• Basic bartending
• Basic food safety
• Varieties of cocktails and mocktails recipes
• Workplace communication and so much more!!!

Duration: 10 Days

Fee: N50,000

Certificate in Tour guiding
This Certificate course aims to help improve human and environmental health and well-being,
by learning the factors that influence how people spend leisure time. At MCCI, we incorporate a
sustainability mindset in order to give a well-rounded understanding of the importance of
preservation in the hospitality industry.

In this course you will learn:

• Principles of tourism
• Tourism marketing
• Tourism and environment

Duration: 10 Days

Fee: N50,000

 

Certificate in Hospitality Business Development and Start-Up
Our Certificate in hospitality will help you discover the world of opportunity in the multi-billion dollar hospitality and tourism industry. As the industry is constantly evolving, there is increased need for professionals who have skills in managing businesses within the industry, At Masterminds, we aim to empower you to gain the skill required to compete in the industry.

In this course you’ll learn
• Marketing skills
• How to work with a sustainability team
• Business products
• How to navigate the Marketing environment

Duration: 10 Days

Fee: N50,000

 

Certificate in Sustainability and Eco-Tourism
Our Certificate in Sustainability and Eco-Tourism aims to achieve the integration of the principle elements of sustainable tourism, analyzing good management practices, the environmental and social impacts of services, as well as the client’s perception of image and the congruence between the service offered and the
product’s promotion. At Masterminds, we aim to enable our students to :
• measure sustainability of operating businesses,
• improve business environmental and social practices,
• motivate businesses to improve practices and clients to choose sustainable
tourist businesses.

Duration: 10 Days

Fee: N50,000

 

Certificate in Event Decoration
Masterminds Event Decoration certificate course provides you with complete training in event
and wedding design. With this course, you’ll learn :
– Decorating and styling venues
– Utilizing floras in event decors
– Design balance & color
– Key elements of event design
– Draping, backdrops, ceilings, lighting, decor
– Tables-cape decoration

Duration: 10 Days

Fee: N50,000

 

Certificate in Housekeeping Service Operation
At Masterminds we value the importance of professionalism in all work spaces, even housekeeping!!!
This course will provide detailed analysis of the policies utilized in managing the room division of a hotel. Students will learn how to :

– Maintain a safe hygiene and working environment
– Work effectively as part of a hospitality housekeeping team
– Communication system in work environment
– Identify public areas cleaning agents and equipment
– Clean and maintain public areas
– Service toilet and and bathrooms
– Cleaning commercial and residential windows from inside
– Use of different chemicals and equipment in housekeeping

Duration: 10 Days

Fee: N50,000

 

Certificate in Cleaning Service

Appearance matters a lot. Our certificate course in Cleaning will educate you on all aspects of keeping a neat and clean environment. You will learn how to;

-Maintain health, safety and security at laundry and dry-cleaning work environment

-Work effectively as a part of the hospitality team

-Classify items and make up load for cleaning

-Collect soiled items and deliver laundered and cleaned items to customers

Duration: 10 Days

Fee: N50,000

 

Certificate in Food Costing and Catering Service

This is a proficiency training in food costing and catering service. If you are in the catering business or about to start, food costing is extremely important as it keeps you abreast of your usage. In this course, you will be educated on:

-Efficient use of resources

-Wastage Control

-Needs-based forecasting and budgeting

-Food Costing

-Catering Procedures

Duration: 10 Days

Fee: N50,000

 

Certificate in Housekeeping Operation/Services

This course will provide detailed analysis of the policies utilized in managing the room division of a hotel. Students will learn how to :

– Maintain a safe hygiene and working environment
– Work effectively as part of a hospitality housekeeping team
– Communication system in work environment
– Identify public areas cleaning agents and equipment

Duration: 10 Days

Fee: N50,000

 

Certificate in Front Office Operation

This course introduces students and trainees to procedures of managing a front desk, how to lodge in visitors, address guests, take reservations, communicate with the needed authority. Students will learn ethics in hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism sector, how to make and receive phone calls, how to receive, store, deliver and secure guests, employees ad organisation’s properties and more.

Duration: 10 Days

Fee: N50,000

 

Certificate in Customer Service and Relationship Management

This course will provide learners with requisite skills to provide basic customer service. They will be lectured on workplace communication, giving customers a positive impression about themselves and the organization.

Duration: 10 Days

Fee: N50,000

 

Certificate in Hospitality Business and Marketing

Hospitality marketing puts into consideration how different sectors of the hospitality industry like food and drink, accommodation, tourism and travel develop marketing strategies to promote their products and services. This course will enlighten students on the importance of marketing in the hospitality industry.

Duration: 10 Days

Fee: N50,000

MCCI PROFESSIONAL DIPLOMA COURSES

GENERAL OVERVIEW

These Continuous Program Development Courses are designed to equip the professionals in the Hospitality and Tourism Industry with skills and knowledge for improved productivity and efficiency.

Who is it for?

  • Skilled and unskilled workers in the hospitality industry
  • Entrepreneurs in the hospitality industry
  • Hospitality consultants
  • Fast food operators

 

Diploma in Cuisine

Course Overview:

This course is suitable for all people who have an interest in cooking and want to improve their existing culinary skills. The intensive structure will equip learners with the knowledge, skills and confidence to go into a career in the food industry, be it small scale catering, chalet cooking or working in a professional kitchen.

Students will learn:

-Knife skills and cutting techniques

-Flavors and seasonings

-Presentation skills

-Bakery and yeast products

-Pastries, desserts and confectioneries

-Garde manger

-Kitchen management and more

Duration: 3 months

Fee: N500,000

 

 

Diploma in Tour Guiding & Operation

Course Overview:

This course is designed for students interested in making a career in the Tourism Industry.  In this course, students receive extensive knowledge and are trained to manage and conduct tours and equipped with needed itineraries on how to manage and assist tourists from the day of their arrival to the moment of their departure.

Career Paths

– Guides

– Cabin Crew Members

– Travel Agents

– Tourist Officers

– International Tour Manager

Duration: 6 months

Fee: N100,000

 

 

Diploma in Bar Operation & Management

Course Overview:

This program teaches the skills needed to smoothly operate a bar without challenges. Students learn;

– Opening and closing procedures

– Inventory Management

– Menu Planning

– Staffing

– Promoting the business

Learners will learn how to manage the drink section of any restaurant, hotel, bar or any establishment that serves drinks.

Duration: 3 months

Fee: N70,000

 

 

Diploma in Baking Craft

Course Overview

MCCI’s Baking Craft is a study of the fundamental of baking. This includes all activities associated with baking including pastries, cupcakes, baked desserts, cold desserts, dough, bread, custard, creams and mousses, batters, pies, cheesecakes.

Learners will also learn:

– Baking Terminology

– Measurements

– Baking Equipment

– Mixing

– Decorating

– Baking Techniques

At MCCI we make professional bakers out of our students.

Duration: 3 months

Fee: N250,000

 

 

Diploma in Customer Service & Relationship Management

Course Overview

Customer Service & Relationship Management is a competitive field. Every organization is in need of a Customer Service and Relationship Manager who holds a vital part in the run of the industry. Customer Service Personnel are extremely important as they are the foundation of the establishment. MCCI students armed with a CRM Certificate is a force to reckon with in the industry.

Our students learn how to:

– Conduct excellent customer analysis

– Use CRM Tools

– Confidently handle any kind of inquiry or complaint

– Retain and convert clients

– Build a strong database

– Effectively manage the company’s image

Duration: 3 months

Fee: N70,000

 

 

Diploma in Food & Beverage Service Operation

Course Overview

This course teaches the fundamental skills required to be kept abreast of the latest trends in the food and beverage industry which include preparing, handling and serving of food and beverage in a hospitality industry.

– Learners will learn:

– The principles and procedures involved in the food process

– Food Safety

– Management of a Food & Beverage Operation.

– Preparing menus and beverage lists

– Health benefits of each ingredient used in food preparation with special attention to allergens

– Equipment

– Production and Service.

Duration: 6 months

Fee: N90,000

 

 

Executive Diploma in Event Planning Management & Decoration

Course Overview

Event Planning Management & Decoration skills are required when aspiring to make a break in the hospitality industry. At the end of the course, students are to knowledgeable in:

– General knowledge about planning for an Event

– Managing the Event

– Decorating venues

– Roles and Responsibilities of an Event Manager

– Utilizing Event Planning as a marketing and conversion tool.

At the end of the course, MCCI students will have successfully gathered the skills needed to succeed and excel in event planning.

Duration: 6 months

Fee: N100,000

 

 

Diploma in Front Office Operation & Management

Course Overview

This course introduces students and trainees to procedures of managing a front desk, how to lodge in visitors, address guests, take reservations, communicate with the needed authority.  Front Office is an important department in a company that comes in contact with clients as well as other departments. A MCCI’s Diploma in Front Office Operation and Management enables the students to become Front Desk Operators, Receptionists, Hostess, Customer Care Representative.

Taking this course will develop and hone your front office skills which include:

– Reservations and Bookings

– Answering of Phone calls and channeling it to the proper authority

– Lodging in visitors

– Addressing guests

– Managing the front desk

– Giving out useful information about the organization

– Interpersonal skills

– Social skills

– Accounting

– Documenting

– Customer Service

Duration: 6 months

Fee: N95,000

 

 

Diploma in Housekeeping Operations

Course Overview

This course teaches basic housekeeping skills and its aim is to make students capable mistresses and masters of their home or in the hospitality industry.

Students learn how to:

– Describe the role and responsibilities of a Housekeeper

– The Expectations of a Housekeeper

– Staffing

– Delegation of duties

– Provide efficient service for guests

– Ensure guests are properly served

– Ensure the organization is well organized, stocked with cleaning tools and is well cleaned and groomed

Duration: 6 months

Fee: N100,000

 

 

Diploma in Hotel & Catering Operations

Course Overview

This course is designed to teach you all you need to know about the techniques needed for effective management of a hotel and catering services. As the hospitality industry is increasingly becoming competitive, MCCI Certificate in this course will teach you the basics of hotel management, hotel accountancy, catering services, planning, organizing and supervising the quality of food and service rendered.

By the end of the course, students are expected to be knowledgeable in:

– The scope of catering business

– How to accurately give quotations depending on size of the event

– Hotel operations

– Menu Planning

– How to rotate a menu

– Food production

– Food safety

– Housekeeping

Duration: 6 months

Fee: N120,000

 

 

Diploma in Leisure & Tourism Management

Course Overview

This course gives students a wider knowledge of the tourism Industry. The course is focused on people, leisure and customer service. It’s an encompassing study in hospitality and tourism with lessons and skills in:

– Hospitality Management

– Travel and Tourism management

– Tour Operations

– Event Management

– Leisure and Tourism Marketing

Duration: 6 months

Fee: N130,000

 

 

 

Executive Diploma in Hospitality Business Development & Entrepreneurship

Course Overview

This course teaches the principles of business development and entrepreneurship. It teaches how to develop business plan for hospitality, introduces students to the concept of hospitality marketing and its importance. It develops business and entrepreneurship in the hospitality industry.

Duration: 1 year

Fee: N180,000

 

 

Executive Diploma in Advanced Event Planning & Management

Course Overview

This is an advanced exploration of Event Planning and Management. By the end of the course, students will learn:

– Budgeting

– Event Planning

– Write a professional contract

– Coordination

– Evaluation of Event Venue

– Branding and Designing the Event Venue

Duration: 1 year

Fee: N127,500

 

 

 

Executive Diploma in Advanced Housekeeping Operations Management

Course Overview

This is an advanced course for students in Housekeeping Sector. It has a deep approach to housekeeping operations, emotional intelligence, hospitality management, accommodation operations, hotel accounting. Students with this certificates will have acquired comprehensive knowledge and skills to dominate the Housekeeping part of Hospitality Industry.

Duration: 1 year

Fee: N155,000

 

 

For more information, call 08095559996 or email us at mastermindsinst@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

NATIONAL INNOVATION DIPLOMA (NID) IN HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM STUDIES

NATIONAL INNOVATION DIPLOMA (NID) IN HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM STUDIES

Admission is on for Masterminds Catering and Culinary Institute’s National Innovation Diploma (NID) in Hospitality and Tourism Studies. This is a National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) Accredited and Federal Ministry of Education Approved program.

The National Innovation Diploma (NID) in Hospitality and Tourism Studies is designed to produce middle level skilled and competent personnel capable of carrying out supervisory roles in the hospitality and tourism industry.

National Innovation Diploma (NID) in Hospitality and Tourism Studies is a terminal program that is structured to last a minimum of two (2) years with four (4) semesters

With the lockdown and all during the past year, we know how this terribly affected students’ scores and many have been dejected because of their grades. Cry no more as there is still hope.

 

Have you been jammed by JAMB?

Are you disappointed with your JAMB score and feel as if all hope is lost?

Finished with school and looking forward to furthering your studies?

Are you passionate about the Hospitality and Tourism Industry?

Do you need requisite employable skills to give you an edge in the job market?

If you answer yes to any of the questions above, MCCI’S NID is the opportunity you have been waiting for.

 

WHO IS IT FOR?

  • Young school leavers looking for a pathway to University
  • Unemployed or underemployed graduates looking for requisite employable skills
  • Employed graduates who desire relevant or additional skills

Courses to be taken include:

  • English and Communication Skills
  • French
  • Entrepreneurship
  • E-Hospitality and Tourism
  • Customer Care Service
  • Citizenship Education
  • Event Management Project and more

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

  • SSCE/NECO/GCE/WASCE: 5 credit level passes in not more than two (2) sittings. Biology or Agricultural sciences or Health sciences and any 4 of the following: English, Economics or Commerce, Mathematics or Statistics, Chemistry, Geography, Physics, Food and Nutrition or Home Management

 

  • UTME: Biology or Agricultural Sciences or Health Sciences and any 2 of the following: Economics, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and English Language

 

CUT-OFF MARK

100 and above

 

DURATION

Two (2) years with at least three (3) months mandatory supervised industrial attachment

 

FEE

N420,000 with payment plan of 40/40/20 payable in three (3) semesters available


MAKE PAYMENT HERE

                                                  https://paystack.com/pay/nidinhospitalityandtourism


To register for the program or want any enquiry answered, kindly send an email to mastermindsinst@gmail.com  or call 08095559996

SUMMER GROOMING COURSE

SUMMER GROOMING COURSE

Registration is still on for MCCI’s Summer Grooming Course. Register today to qualify for a 10% discount

MCCI’s Grooming Course covers a wide range of hands-on and do-it-yourself home management and hospitality trade classes.

 

This program is designed to meet the requirements of a Level 1 National Vocational Qualification (NVQ/NSQ) Framework Certificate

 

Our goal is to have fun while learning and provide life skills needed to thrive when the kids become independent while getting certifications to prove their skills.

 

The students will learn food preparation and cookery, housekeeping operations, laundry and dry cleaning services as well as have a one-on-one emotional and social intelligence session with a professional mentor.

Sign up today to avail your child with the greatest opportunity of all time.

 

Fee: N150,000

 

Early Bird Registration of 10% discount before 10th of October, 2021 applies

 

Make payment here https://paystack.com/pay/masterminds-summergroomingcourse

 

For more info, send a mail to mastermindsinst@gmail.com or call 08095559996

NATIONAL SKILLS QUALIFICATIONS (NSQ) IN HOSPITALITY TRADE

NATIONAL SKILLS QUALIFICATIONS (NSQ) IN HOSPITALITY TRADE

Admission is on for Masterminds Catering and Culinary Institute’s National Skills Qualifications(NSQ) in Hospitality Trade.  This is a system for the development, classification and recognition of skills, knowledge and competencies acquired by individuals.

This program is meant to produce trainees with acquired skills and competence capable of carrying out travel and tourism operational tasks at all levels.

WHO IS IT FOR?

This program is targeted at young school leavers, uncertified and recertifying workers in hospitality and food industry.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

  • SSCE/NECO/GCE/WASCE: 4 credit level passes in not more than two (2) sittings
  • MCCI Entrance Examination

 

FEE:

  • NSQ Level 1 N120,000 or N35,000 per module
  • NSQ Level 2 & 3 N150,000 or N45,000 per module

DURATION:

Three (3) months course work and Nine (9) months field work

COURSE CONTENT:

  • Food and Beverage Production
  • Food and Beverage Service
  • Food Safety
  • Housekeeping Operations/Management
  • Laundry and Dry-cleaning Service
  • Front Office Operations

 

CAREER PATHS:

  • Front Desk Operator
  • Receptionist
  • Customer Care Service
  • Silver Service Waiters
  • Bartender
  • Service Staff
  • Banquet Supervisors
  • Executive Chef
  • Head Chef
  • Sous Chef
  • Executive Housekeeper
  • Laundry Attendant
  • Facility Manager
  • Public Area Supervisor
  • Property Manager
  • Event Planner
  • Entrepreneur
  • Tour Guide
  • Cabin Crew Member
  • Human Resource Manager and more

Skills is the future of work. Get certified skills today

To register, call 08095559996 or send an email to mastermindsinst@gmail.com

 

Celebrating Nigeria @ 61

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY TO ALL NIGERIANS

Celebrating Nigeria at 61. We have come a long way and we are still striving forward to greatness. Happy Independence Day to us all. This great nation; the Giant of Africa is another year old, truly we deserve to celebrate.

To celebrate Nigeria at 61, Masterminds Catering and Culinary Institute is giving a 10% discount on all courses from now till 10th of October, 2021.

Our Programs:

National Innovation Diploma (NID) in Hospitality and Tourism Studies

National Vocational Certificate (NVC) in Hospitality and Tourism Studies

National Skills Qualification (NSQ) in Hospitality Trade. Modules include:

Food and Beverage Service

Food and Beverage Production

Food Safety

Housekeeping Operations and Management

Laundry and Dry-cleaning Services

Front Office Operations

Food Preparation and Culinary Arts, Level 2 (City & Guilds)

MCCI Diploma in Cuisine

MCCI Professional Certification Courses

MCCI Professional Diploma Courses

Culinary Lifestyle Classes

MasterChef Teen Course

Summer Grooming Course

Baking Craft

Bridal Master Class

For more info send a DM or call 08095559996

10% OFF ALL COURSES FROM NOW TILL 10TH OCTOBER, 2021

Do You Want to Get a 15% Discount?

Fill in the registration form for the course 30 days before the course and get a discount