CTA – Certified Travel Associate


The Certified Travel Associate (CTA) focuses on those “nuts and bolts” skills that you use on a daily basis – selling, customer service, and communication. You will also gain knowledge of destinations and niche markets. The CTA is also the first step to earning the coveted CTC designation.

Although you need to have 18 months industry experience to earn the CTA, you can begin your studies at any time.

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 help personalize the CTA experience. Armed with this training, your already sharp skills will be refined to perfection.

May 8, 2015 — 1 p.m. EDTLearn More about the CTA Certification
Patty Noonan, CTC (pictured), will explain how front line travel professionals can learn how to close more sales, improve efficiency, expand geography knowledge and fine-tune customer service skills, all while earning widely recognized industry credentials.

Enrolling is easy … and can fit into ANY budget

We have the options that fit into your lifestyle and budget. For the professional on the go or the tech-savvy individual, you can have study materials as mobile as you by choosing the PDF format and you can study on your computer or electronic reader. If you are more comfortable with a book that you can highlight, mark, and quickly return to as a reference, that option is also available – just choose the version that you like best.

While certification has a cost, it need not be a burden. You can pay for your materials and testing in full, or enjoy the convenience of a 12-month interest-free payment plan. The choice is yours.

Click here to order traditional books for $450 plus shipping
Click here to order ebooks for $350
Choose the 12-Month Payment Plan

The CTA is an ideal way to demonstrate your dedication to your career, your professionalism to your co-workers and clients, and to raise your status in the industry. Don’t you deserve that recognition? Start to earn that well-deserved certification today.

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

Join us for an overview of the CTA program, the procedure for requesting the test, and what to expect on the test itself (the format of the test.) This session is perfect for candidates who have been studying on their own, and are making preparations for finishing.

Experienced? Why not Test-Out?

If you are a travel professional with at least eighteen months of experience, you can demonstrate your knowledge by choosing our popular CTA Test-Only option. By relying on your experience in selling and servicing your customers, you can “test out” and take the same test as those enrolled in the full program and be eligible to earn same industry-recognized certification. Your experience counts for something … use it to earn your CTA.

Join the Online Study Group, the fun way to reach your CTA goal!

13MarkNine weeks starting Friday, May 13, 2015 — Noon EDT
Nine weeks starting Thursday, September 3, 2015 — Noon EDT
Registration: $99

Join Mark McMullen, CTC for a lively discussion and review of the eight core courses and a final CTA Test-Prep session. A study group is a great way to keep on track with your study as well as provide you with colleagues to share the road to CTA certification.

The CTA program can be completed in 3 to 6 months; however, candidates have a full year (12 months) to complete their studies and test. Many students choose to study independent study, but they may also opt to attend a CTA Workshop for a final review and to test. For more information about available CTA Workshops contact Patty Noonan, CTC at: pnoonan@thetravelinstitute.com

Did time run out on your plans to earn the CTA?

close up of red closk with legs running on white backgroundTime does have a habit of getting away from us … and the best laid plans to finish your CTA sometimes just slip away. Never fear, The Travel Institute has the CTA Restart Program to help you get back on track to completing your certification.

For a fee of $175 you can get the current study materials in PDF format – including your choice of electives – and another full 12 months to finish your studies and take the test. (Materials in traditional book format are also an available for $275 plus shipping.)

We can’t stop time, but we can restart the clock on your goal to earn the CTA!

Cancellations/Refunds: CTA candidates wishing to withdraw are entitled to a full refund less a $50 administrative fee, provided they return their original study materials in saleable condition along with a written request for withdrawal within 30 days of their enrollment. After 30 days, no refunds will be given. Programs downloaded are non-refundable.