Travel and Tourism Schools Directory

How graduates stand out from the crowd

Many entry-level jobs in the travel and tourism industry don't require formal schooling. However, applicants who can demonstrate advanced knowledge will be better equipped to earn higher paying jobs and more opportunities for advancement.

Licensing and accreditation

It pays to look into schools that have earned accreditation because the designation can ensure a high standard of education. Find out what agency the school or program is accredited by and make sure it's recognized as reputable within the industry.

Some states demand licensing or other certification for travel service sales people, so it's best to check out if there are any requirements where you'll be working.

Certified travel associate (CTA) or certified travel counselor (CTC) designations can be earned by completing full-courses or testing through the Travel Institute. Schools licensed by the institute may also offer certification upon graduation. These certifications demonstrate an applicant's professionalism and competency.

Questions to consider

  • Is there a chance to experience the industry firsthand? Some schools offer co-op courses, internships or field placements. Here, students arrange for jobs in the industry and go to work instead of classes. These can last several weeks or an entire semester.
  • Does the program offer everything employers are looking for? For some job requirements, such as knowledge of a second language, it won't be possible to find a program that includes the necessary training unless you plan to earn a degree. Enrolling in a separate foreign language course can be very beneficial. Students who want to work in management or start their own business will need to take accounting and business courses.
  • Will the training allow you to enter a growth area? Eco tourism and adventure travel are becoming increasingly popular vacation choices. Professionals in these industries must possess specialized training and safety skills as well as being physically fit. They also have some of the most exciting responsibilities - leading groups on photo safaris or rock climbing, rafting and kayaking trips.