You’re good at what you do, and you know it. Your repeat clients know it or they wouldn’t trust you with their hard-earned vacation dollars and their travel dreams. Your co-workers know it or they wouldn’t come to you for suggestions and help. Your company knows it because you are a producing team member. BUT, do new customers know it? Do your suppliers and vendors know it? Do other counselors know it when you are at tradeshows and other industry events?
Now is the time to make sure EVERYONE knows it.
For nearly 50 years The Travel Institute has been helping excellent travel professionals stand out from the crowd with industry recognized certifications. It isn’t just “letters after your name” they are a statement about who you are and the commitment you have made to your career. Customers like dealing with a recognized professional, and having earned a CTA or CTC will let them know you are serious about what you do.
Designed for professionals who have at least 18-months of experience – but open to all professionals no matter how long they have been in the industry. The Certified Travel Associate (CTA) focuses on those “nuts and bolts” skills that you use on a daily basis – selling skills, customer service skills, destination knowledge and communication skills. Foundational to your daily tasks, the CTA is also the foundation to seeking further certification opportunities with The Travel Institute.
The CTA consists of twelve courses – eight core courses that are common to everyone who pursues the certification, and your choice of four “elective” courses to personalize the CTA experience. Armed with this training, your already sharp skills will be refined to perfection.
With a strong foundation laid – it is time to strive for the pinnacle of professionalism – the Certified Travel Counselor (CTC.) Designed with an eye to developing those skills desired in those who are seeking or currently in leadership positions. Business and financial planning, marketing and management skills are the hallmarks of this program. Professionals with at least five years of experience and who have earned their CTA are welcome into this program.
Earning your Professional Certification needn’t Break the Bank!
The Travel Institute believes that in times like these it is important to remain fiscally responsible while still pursuing industry recognition. Our programs come in both traditional book format, or the more economical (and portable) PDF versions. We also introduced a 12-month-same-as-cash payment plans. With payments staring at just $24.58 for the CTA or $41.25 for the CTC, certification can easily fit into most any budget.
Certification DOES matter!
Customers seek out true professionals with established credentials. From the people who cut their hair to the people that do their taxes – a professional is preferred. Professionally, you already are involved with consortia and industry organizations like ASTA that demand a certain level of standards. You can take the additional step to be recognized for the true professional you are – start the journey today!