If, after taking one of our DS courses, you have made your destination specialty an important part of what you sell on a daily basis, we encourage you step-up to the Certified Destination Specialist level. What sets apart a Certified Destination Specialist from others is the fact that Certified Specialists not only have the “book knowledge” about a specific part of the world – but that they actually are familiar with the destination on a first-hand basis.
The Certified Destination Specialist designation isn’t available for every DS program offered. It is only available to the individual country/state programs. You are able to become a Certified Destination Specialist for the following: Alaska, France, Hawaii, India, Mexico, Spain, and St. Lucia.
Requirements for the Certified Destination Specialist designation:
- Pass the Destination Specialist test
- Attain at least one (1) year of related industry experience (selling or servicing individuals to that particular destination)
- Complete and submit the Certification Form and a Destination Visit Report for your specialty
- Maintain your Certified status by completing a new Destination Visit Report every five (5) years.
The Certification form, Destination Visit Report and all supporting data should be submitted to:
Pat Gagnon, CTC
The Travel Institute
945 Concord Street
Framingham, MA 01701
You may submit your materials electronically to Pat Gagnon at: firstname.lastname@example.org