About The Travel Institute

Created through a collaborative industry effort in 1964

The Travel Institute has continuously evolved over its 50+ year history to maintain its role as the global leader in travel industry education and certification while staying true to our mission: dedicated solely to advancing the professionalism of our students in support of individual and industry success.

A non-profit, independent organization, The Travel Institute collaborates with industry leaders to create and deliver relevant, meaningful and rigorous coursework and travel professional education. Using exclusive proctored, closed-book testing to maintain the integrity of the credentials and the standards they represent, The Travel Institute has certified more than 26,000 Certified Travel Associate (CTA®), Certified Travel Counselor (CTC®), and Certified Travel Industry Executive (CTIE®) graduates and requires continued education to maintain certifications. Certification program graduates utilize our digital credentials search platform as a validation process  and marketing tool to substantiate their expertise with clients and stakeholders. The Travel Institute also administers the Travel Agent Proficiency, or TAP℠, exam. The TAP exam is used widely by industry organizations to confirm students new to the industry demonstrate a mastery of travel industry basics.

A trusted partner to industry organizations and educational institutions alike, The Travel Institute has also provided continuing education to hundreds of thousands of agents through specialist and business management courses, webinars, and in its online learning Lounge for premium members. The industry benchmark for educational excellence, The Travel Institute is credited by many successful agents and high-profile industry leaders for their success.


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“Up-to-date travel knowledge presented by industry recognized leaders and professionals.”

~ Richard Metzger, CTC

Finding a Professional

Travel Agents are professionals who can navigate an increasingly complex industry and best support a traveler before, during and after a trip. Yet, not all agents are equal.

The travel industry is growing at a fast pace with significant numbers of new agents replacing and supplementing an aging agent population. Look for agents with certified credentials and ask for references to ensure you are working with a committed professional who has the work experience and expertise you want and need.

Travel agents today refer to themselves as travel associates, consultants, advisors, counselors, designers, curators, specialists and more. No matter the name, a true travel professional understands continued learning is key to long-term success. Our students and certified graduates represent this preparation and commitment.

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Certification Courses

Our certification courses are consistently updated to ensure education is current, practical and relevant. From the new-to-the-industry agent to the industry veteran, each student’s needs are addressed through targeted content and curriculum:

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Learning Platform

Our interactive learning platform improves student engagement and retention while providing 24/7 access across multiple platforms.

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