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It’s Time to Upgrade Your Status!

March is the perfect time to upgrade to the next level of your professional development. You can be on your way to earning your first, or next, certification for as little as $29.17/month.

FOUNDATIONAL STEP: If you are a relatively new travel professional or have never sought certification before, the place to start is the CTA (Certified Travel Associate). Solidifying those essential day-to-day tools of a seller of travel is the focus of this certification level. The application of these sales, service and communication skills will help transform you from a good to an outstanding professional.

ADVANCED STEP: The CTC (Certified Travel Counselor) builds from the groundwork of the CTA and allows you to choose an area of special interest for additional study. Our CTC majors allow you to dig deeper into areas such as Marketing, Management or Sales/Customer Service. What direction is your career going or where would you like it to go? The CTC is the perfect certification to get you moving in that direction.

CTAs — March is the best time to redeem that graduation bonus found in your graduation packet.

BIG JUMP: We designed the CTIE (Certified Travel Industry Executive) for individuals who aren’t in the familiar travel office setting, but who are leaders or aspiring to be in leadership positions.

Give yourself an additional tool for future success by upgrading your skills.

Still have questions about what certification is right for you and how it can benefit your career? Join us for one of our free informational sessions this month:

CTA, Certified Travel Associate – March 19 – 1 p.m. EDT

CTC, Certified Travel Counselor – March 25 – 3 p.m. EDT

CTIE, Certified Travel Industry Executive – March 18 – 1 p.m. EDT


Got Niche?

Do you sell what you love? Would you like to? Our destination specialist and niche-market courses will give you the opportunity to earn credentials allowing you to demonstrate that you sell your passion.

Destination options include our recently revised Alaska, Caribbean, Hawaii, North America and Saint Lucia programs as well as our popular Mexico, Northern and Central Europe and Southern Europe courses. We also offer special individual courses of Spain and France.

Niche-Market specialization is awesome whether as the sole focus of your business or just a favorite aspect. Our offerings include Adventure Travel, Golf, Honeymoons and Destination Weddings, Luxury Travel and Skiing. Specialized travel courses in Villa Travel, and Well-Being Travel are also available.

Courses start at $54 with study options as PDF download, traditional book, and online options.

Webinars, Webinars Everywhere!

The Travel Institute webinars are a great way to enjoy some specialized training from some of the industry’s finest presenters. In the spirit of “upgrade month” … why not consider upgrading to a Basic Membership with The Travel Institute and be able to attend EVERY webinar for free rather than the $19.99/webinar charge without membership. Access to all our webinars is just one benefit of membership. See what else you get for your $95/year.

13LisaSheldonsqMarch 26 – 1 p.m. EDT
“Millennials – Understanding Their Buying Habits” with Lisa Sheldon, CTC
FREE for membersNon-member rate: $19.99

The Millennial consumer is like no other generation and their buying power will be in the billions for the next 20 years. What and how they buy will change the way you do business.

GwenMarch 30 – 1 p.m. EDT
“Passports, Passport Cards and Visas” with Gwen Kuelber, CTC
FREE for membersNon-member rate: $19.99

Are your clients ready for the upcoming travel season? Making sure their documents are in order can be a great way to increase your value in their eyes. Knowing the difference between, best uses for, and recent changes between Passports, Passport Cards and Visas is a perfect first start to being that valuable resource.

GUIDAsqApril 2 – 2 p.m. EDT
“You Hired A New Person, Now What?” with Guida Botelho, CTA
FREE for Everyone!

Calling all owners, managers, directors and training managers! Onboarding and ongoing training should be on of the top priorities in your to do list. The reality of it is, training a new person or provide ongoing training is time consuming and expensive. Join Guida Botelho, CTA Director of Training for an interactive discussion on tips and pitfalls of developing onboarding programs and ongoing training.

MikeTASS-150x150[1]June 2 – 1 p.m. EDT
“20 Professional Selling Tips in 25 Minutes” with Mike Marchev, CTC
FREE for membersNon-member rate: $19.99

13MarkJune 10 – Noon EDT
“CTA Test-Prep Session” with Mark McMullen, CTC
Registration now open: Fee $19.99

MoniqueYWellssqAugust 27 – 1 p.m. EDT
“Paris, An Afrocentric Perspective” with Monique Wells
FREE for Everyone!
Why wait! Enroll in Monique’s course, “Paris, An Afrocentric Perspective,” today.

13JudyOctober 1 – 1 p.m. EDT
“Villa Travel Vacations” with Judy Sweetland
FREE for Everyone!
You can order our Villa Travel course in our bookstore today.

Did You Miss our “Preparing for a Career in Travel” Month Webinars?

We invited some of the industry best speakers to share their expertise and were thrilled to have Mike Marchev, CTC, Carol Parsons, Mary Pat Sullivan, CTC and Joanie Ogg, CTC join us in our Webinar Center for three amazing sessions. If you missed them, it isn’t too late to enjoy them for yourself.

MikeTASS-150x150[1]from February 10, 2015
“Become the Exception” with Mike Marchev, CTC
Click here to see it now!

13Carolfrom February 20, 2015
“Facing the New World of Competition in the Travel Business” with Carol Parsons
Click here to see it now!

15MPsq15JOsqfrom February 23, 2015
“Can I Be Balanced, Successful and Home-Based?”
with Mary Pat Sullivan, CTC and Joanie Ogg, CTC
Click here to see it now!