How To Become A Travel Agent

Congratulations! You’ve made the decision to become a travel agent – or perhaps you’re interested in exploring the possibilities of this exciting career choice. You want to know HOW to become a travel agent, and you’ve come to the right place. The Travel Institute has been preparing individuals for a successful future in the travel industry for more than 50 years – it’s our specialty!

Master the basics of world geography and travel industry essentials.

Our Travel Introductory Program, or TRIPKIT℠, is the perfect resource for travel agents just beginning their careers. TRIPKIT is built around two college-level textbooks and related workbooks, plus a series of recorded webinars on key topics. You’ll learn about the five core travel products, plus industry and agency workplace orientation and sales and marketing strategies. The program also delves into world geography and cultures, broken down by U.S. state, country, or region with an emphasis on trip-planning.

An exam is available upon completion to measure your agent knowledge and skills gained. After completing the course, students take the industry-recognized Travel Agent Proficiency, or TAP®, exam to test their newfound knowledge. A passing score on TAP is the first step toward advanced travel professional recognition as graduates showcase their accomplishment with customers and colleagues alike on their way to even greater success. 

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Enroll today for the next “Preparing for a Travel Career” session to learn more about the TRIPKIT program and learn how to become a travel agent.

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Options for future education for travel agents:

  1. Get certified. Earning your Certified Travel Associate (CTA®), Certified Travel Counselor (CTC®), or Certified Travel Industry Executive (CTIE®) designation tells your clients, co-workers, and staff that you are committed to excellence. Just like a well-respected MD or CPA, those certifications indicate your work ethic and industry expertise as a professional travel agent.
  2. Continue your education. Travel agents certified through The Travel Institute must complete a minimum of 10 hours of continued education each year. Our partnerships with more than 100 suppliers make life-long learning easy and enjoyable.
  3. Expand your expertise. Many travel agents choose to narrow their destination and niche/lifestyle sales strategy to be more effective. Our portfolio of specialty courses (print and/or online; varies by title) allows you to focus your learning on what matters most.
  4. Become a member. Travel agents who join The Travel Institute at the Basic and Premium levels enjoy a number of benefits, including 10-percent saving on all products/services and free webinars each month.
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