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A Complete Guide to Travel Agent Schools, 2024 [+Comparison Chart]

Travel agent schools are one of many travel agent training , education, and professional development opportunities. With so many choices, the decision can be mind-boggling.

Never fear. HAR's (Host Agency Reviews') goal is to de-boggle your mind. We'll help you decide if a travel school is right for you, give you a list of questions to ask before you take the plunge, and help you decide which travel agent school is best for you!

⭐️ HAR Article Highlights: ⭐️

Travel agent school preamble.

  • A Comparison Chart of Travel Schools

Is a Travel Agent School Right for Me?

  • How Do I Pick the Right Travel Agent School for Me?
  • Alternatives to Travel Schools

Completing a travel agent school is not a requirement to enter the industry.

In fact, no specific schooling is required to become a travel advisor . No diploma, no certification or professional certificate, no degree, no fancy letters after your name. Nada. You don't need any of it.

The most important consideration is the quality of the education and how the travel agent school will equip you to succeed as a travel agent.

If/when you pick a travel agent school, the most important consideration is the quality of the education and how the travel agent school will equip you to succeed as a travel advisor.

One of the challenges of choosing a travel school is that there is no standardization or quality control. There's no organization that comes out and says, "Hey, you know, in order to be a credible travel agent school, you need to hit all these marks."

What this means is that you are the one that needs to assess whether or not a travel agent school meets your educational needs.

Sound overwhelming? That's what we're here for! To help you create your own metric to decide if attending a travel agent school is the best choice for you!

Travel Agent Schools: Infographic + Comparison Chart

I released a few messenger pigeons to gather information on school programs. Below is an infographic that offers a list and comparison of travel agent schools, plus tools to help you decide if travel agent school is best for you and (if so) to help you decide which one fits your needs.

Before I launch in, it's important to note that the comparison chart only includes programs that are travel-agent-specific . I didn’t include hospitality, tourism, or events management programs. Those areas of study are a different beast entirely.

Here’s the info our messenger pigeons had in tow 🐦🐧. As it turns out, messenger pigeons have impeccable infographic-creating capabilities. Sign in below to download our comparison chart!

Now that you have the lay of the land of what's out there, we're going to dive into how to decide which program would be the best fit for you.

Here are a few things to help you determine whether or not a travel agent school is a good decision for you. (You can think of it as an un-failable quiz!):

1. are you totally new to the industry?

If you're really working from ground zero, a travel agent school is great way to help you get your bearings. Not only that, but if you do your due diligence and choose a great travel agent school, you stand to save some time by getting all the basic industry info you need in one place (rather than trying to cobble together your own education).

2. Do you want to earn a general degree or professional certificate?

If you want to earn an Associate's degree or a professional certificate then a travel agent school could be a great option for you. If you're in the market for a general degree, you'll want to be sure the travel school you choose is accredited.

If you're in the market for a general degree, you'll want to be sure the travel school you choose is accredited.

How can you tell if a school is accredited?

  • Check out our travel agent school comparison chart , which indicates if a travel agent school is accredited. Don't see your school of choice on our chart? Drop me an email at [email protected] so I can add the school to our chart!
  • Check on the travel agent school's website to see if they're accredited. (You can usually find this in the About [School] section . . . they'll want to brag about their accreditation, so it will be there if they have one!)

If you're looking to earn a professional certificate, you won't need to pick an accredited school, but you'll want to choose a program that's industry-recognized (more on that later).

3. Does the idea of a structured program & Peer Support motivate you?

A travel agent school can also be a good option if you find If you thrive off of the structured support of a set program—a syllabus, class schedule, homework, evaluation, deadlines, quizzes, etc.

Each travel agent school will be structured differently, so if there are some aspects of the school structure that are important to you, make sure that the travel school fits the bill for you.

Most of the travel agent schools are online, but this isn't necessarily at the expense of tight-knit peer communities. One way to evaluate a travel school is to check and see if they have active online groups of alums. You can also ask programs how much contact students have with one another during the course (we'll get more into the nitty gritty of evaluating schools soon.)

4. Is a Travel School in Your Budget?

The tuition for travel agent schools listed in this article ranges from $495 to $15,900. That's quite a range. In terms of making a sound financial investment, consider these questions:

1. How much do I want to spend on a travel school?

2. Is the travel school affordable?

3. Does it seem to offer a good value?

4. Is it a good value for what it offers (for example, you might consider how much it costs per credit or contact hours, rather than focusing on the total sticker price) .

5. Is it comparable in price to other training programs?

6. Can I pay in installments?

7. Can I get any scholarship, aid, loans?

One thing to factor in your decision is the income potential for a travel agent. How do you know what kind of income to expect? Our travel advisor research papers have income info for employees as well as self-employed travel advisors (both independent and hosted travel agents).

If you're thinking of starting up your own agency , we have info on how much it costs to become a travel agent that can help you benchmark.

5. Do You Have Time?

Travel agent schools are a time commitment as well as a financial commitment.

Like tuition, the duration of travel school programs varies significantly—from four weeks to two years . Additionally, the time you need to invest in your coursework will also vary.

Travel agent schools are a time commitment . . . Like tuition, the duration of travel school programs varies significantly—from four weeks to two years.

If you want to take the time to get your bearings the industry before you dive in, a travel school could be idea. If you want to start selling travel yesterday and are willing to learn as you go, it might not be the best fit (or you might explore a short or self-paced program.)

time to tally your score.

Yay! You finished your unfailable quiz!

If you answered yes to a majority of the questions, a travel school could be a great fit and you should probably keep exploring! So keep reading!

If you answered no to a majority of these questions, you should still keep reading because, let's face it, you're really thorough and you want to ensure you not missing out on any info!

But if you want to take a shortcut to explore alternatives, go here !

Listen to Lu Maggiora, chat on her travel agent school success story in Travel Agent Chatter Vol. 7:

Make a Travel Agent School Short List

A travel school is a good option for you?! *High five!* Now the kicker is this, how do you decide what program might be best for you?

Here's a list of questions to ask of your travel agent school programs to help you narrow it down:

1. Who teaches in the program and what is their background in the industry?

I'm going to be honest here.

There's a lot of travel agent training and education programs out there, and you deserve a program with someone at the helm who's invested in the travel industry. Look at their background, and gauge the industry engagement of the people who run and teach at the school.

There's a lot of training and education programs out there, and you deserve a program with someone at the helm who's invested in the travel industry

The most important quality of a travel agent school is the quality of its education, and choosing one with deep industry roots is a good indication that you'll be in good hands.

This means they should be going to travel industry events and have had real-life experience in the world of travel agents.

2. If you want a general degree, is the school accredited?

If you want a general degree in addition to earning a professional certificate at a travel agent school, you want (I'll go ahead and say need ) to pick a school that is accredited.

Here's another thing to consider: Do any of the credits from the travel agent certificate go toward the general degree? Hopefully the answer is a resounding yes (the more credits that apply to your degree, the merrier).

3. is the TraveL School's certificate recognized within the industry?

Most travel agent schools result in some kind of professional certificate.

in most cases, a travel agent certificate itself is not going to give you instant access to a higher pay scale. But a good program will help you cultivate professional skills, which will translate to a higher pay scale.

If you want to become an independent contractor, you may also want to consider if a host agency accepts the certificate in lieu of the host's education program (more on that later). How would you know that if a host is willing to make this accommodation? You can post a question on their host profile on this very site!!!

4. Is their curriculum current, thorough and useful?

Evaluating the strength of a travel school's curriculum may seem hard if you have no industry experience. But I'm here to give you a few pointers on how to gauge if it's up to snuff for what you need:

  • Does it cover a variety of topics? Does it go into as much depth as you need such as marketing, sales strategies, legal & regulatory topics, an industry overview, trip planning? Is there any focus on some popular niches such as destination specialty, cruise, etc (especially if it aligns with what you want to do).
  • Does it focus on topics that you don't need? Okay. I'm about to say something controversial: Unless you want to be a corporate agent , you don't need a curriculum that focuses on GDS (Global Distribution System) . There. I said it. You can throw flaming bags of dog poop on my porch, but I stand behind this because A.) 99% of the time, GDS is not the right tool for the job for leisure agents and B.) It's a waste of your time and money to spend so much time learning a tool you probably won't use. Do you want to be familiar with what it is? Sure. But if you're going to sell leisure, you don't need 20% of your coursework dedicated to it.
  • Is it current? When is the last time the travel agent school updated their curriculum? Do they talk about current issues in travel? If you're not sure just by perusing their site, give them a holler and ask.
  • Do specific areas of focus align with what you want to do? Some travel agent schools will have specific areas of study that might be optional. This may include focusing on a particular destination or niche . This is fabulous . . . unless you don't really care about that area of study. So if a program has an entire unit on, let's say, Jamaica, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic, that's not going to be very helpful to you if you primarily want to book adventure trips to Alaska and the Arctic regions. But there's an exception . . .
  • Does it prepare you to become an independent contractor or an employee? A curriculum will be very different based on whether or not you want to become an employee or an independent contractor . If you want to work for a retail location as an employee, familiarity with GDS may be an asset; a broad overview of cruise lines and popular destinations like Jamaica, Mexico and Europe is likely critical. But if you're going to be an independent contractor, it's important that the area of study aligns closely with what you want to sell. It might seems like choosing a niche is putting the cart before the horse, but homing in on a specialty can help you choose a travel agent school.

5. What are the program goals & do they succeed?

You have a good handle on your goals, but how do they align with the goals of a travel school? More than that, does the travel agent school achieve the goals they set out for themselves as a program? Here's a few questions to consider.

  • What are the goals of the program (and does it fit with your professional goals)? Is it to prepare you for the Travel Institute's TAP (Travel Agent Proficiency) test? (Here's a hint: If prepping for the TAP test is your primary initiative, you can get a study guide for the TAP test and take it on your own for what could be a fraction of the cost to attend a travel school.) Is it to eventually support you with job placement? Is it to make you an expert on selling cruises? Is it to give you a broad overview of the industry? (Another hint: If that's the case, check out the American Society of Travel Advisor's (ASTA) Roadmap to Becoming a Travel Advisor course written by HAR's founder which will be much more cost effective.)
  • Does the travel school have follow-up employment services? Will they continue to support you once you're out in the world? How do they do that?
  • Are their alumnae ending up where you want to end up? Are their alumnae doing the jobs (or creating the jobs) that you want to do? (Check out HAR's travel jobs board for opportunities.)
  • What does their data say? Beyond graduation/completion rate, how long does it take their students to get settled into the industry?

Alternatives to Travel Agent School

Maybe you've gotten this far and decided that a travel agent school is not right for you. But you don't need to throw your arms up in surrender just yet because there are other options.

What are they you ask? Read on!

1. Travel Agent Certification:

Travel Agent Certification Options

Certifications allow you to add fancy letters after your name that will (hopefully) be recognized by the travel industry.

They're often provided by organizations such as  travel consortia , accreditation organizations ( more here on travel agent accreditation options ), and travel industry membership groups such as Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) or The Travel Institute .

A comparable example to travel agent certification might be like a CPA (certified professional accountant). You can still be an accountant without your CPA, but it helps potential clients know that you're the real deal. If you're looking for certification (in addition to/ rather than training) we have a resource for you!

2. Host Travel Agent Education Programs:

Host Agency Education Programs

Host agencies and travel consortia also have loads of education opportunities. In fact, some of the travel agent schools listed above were founded by folks who run host agencies. (They're busy!)

What the heck is a host agency and travel consortium? At its most basic, a host agency is an umbrella organization that an independent agency (that’s you!) can align with for better commissions , support, and marketing/tech tools.

A travel consortium is a collective of host agencies, travel agencies, and/or travel advisors that join forces to combine resources in order to increase their industry footprint. This gives them more including buying potential with preferred suppliers , perks, & more favorable commission agreements.

School's Out for the Summer

Yay! Your education on travel agent schools is complete. You can now consider yourself well prepared (if not over-prepared) to decide if a travel school is for you, and (if it is), which option is your best choice.

Have you gone to a travel agent school? Let us know the good, bad, and ugly in the comments below!

⭐️ Don't Miss HAR's Travel Agent Training & Education Series! ⭐️

  • Travel Agent Training and Education: This is the motherboard for all travel agent training options.
  • A Guide to Host Agency and Consortia Education: Details on host and consortia education, plus a comparison chart.
  • Travel Agent Certification: Want to read up on what certification options are out there? This is for you.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in Dec. 2019. We annually update and republish this article to include the latest information about travel agent school programs. The article was updated and republished on the post date listed at the top of the article.

About the Author

Mary Stein - Host Agency Reviews

Mary Stein has been working as a writer and editor for Host Agency Reviews since 2016. She loves supporting travel advisors on their entrepreneurial journey and is inspired by their passion, tenacity, and creativity. Mary is also a mom, dog lover, fiction writer, hiker, and a Great British Bake Off superfan.

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7 Best Online Travel Agent Training Programs

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With online studies, your career as a travel agent starts with a laptop, access to the internet, and a click.

If you spend hours daydreaming about the perfect vacation and love being a part of every last planning detail, a career in travel is right for you.

If you want smooth sailing and to help vacationers’ trips go off without a hitch, a travel agent career is for you.

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How do you get the certification and training you need to launch a career as a travel agent?

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Most online courses prepare you to sit for the Travel Agent Proficiency TAP exam to earn your travel and tourism certification.

The TAP test takes two hours to complete.

The test consists of 100 multiple-choice questions.

Or, continue your education to get your Bachelor of Science BS degree in hospitality.

After obtaining the necessary credentials, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 66,300 jobs in travel await those who pursue them, with an anticipated 3 percent job growth.

Travel agents earn an average of $46,400 annually, or $22.31 per hour.

The American Society of Travel Advisors, ASTA, and The Travel Institute developed the TAP certification examination.

Pass the TAP to launch your travel agent career.

Earn your TAP certification and then continue your education by attaining your Certified Travel Associate CTA certification.

Or, specialize in specific types of travel like the following:

  • Family travel
  • Accessible travel
  • Rural tourism
  • Pet-friendly travel
  • Cruise lines
  • Sustainable travel
  • Eco-friendly travel
  • Solo travel
  • Luxury travel
  • Romantic getaways
  • Destination weddings
  • Honeymoon travel

Take a look at the best options for online travel agent training programs.

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Check out the following top online training programs:

Penn Foster Online offers courses at levels from high school to college degrees.

Learn everything you need to understand about the travel and tourism industry through this accredited school.

Penn Foster offers an affordable and accredited online Travel Agent Career Diploma.

The program prepares students for entry-level travel agent careers.

Study at your own pace with access to a dedicated faculty.

The Penn Foster online program prepares students for the TAP Travel Agent Proficiency certification exam.

Studying through Penn Foster also allows you free enrollment in a Destination Specialist course at The Travel Institute to help prepare you for the Destination Specialist certification exam.

Fast-paced learners complete the course in as short of time as nine months.

The average student takes 15 months to prepare for work as a travel agent.

Go on to work in an agency, a tour company, an airline, or any travel agent capacity.

The travel agent certificate online program usually costs $989.

Catch a sale to find it as low as $799.

The Travel Institute has a history of preparing individuals for successful and rewarding careers in the travel industry since 1964.

More than 25,000 students claim success through learning with The Travel Institute.

With more than 50 years of training travel agents, the Travel Institute offers certification as a non-profit organization.

The online program aims to develop travel professionals who will better the industry and benefit travelers.

The online training offers their own TRIPKIT Travel Industry Introductory Program.

The Travel Institute also offers certification courses and training in areas of specialization in the travel industry.

Before deciding on a course, sign up for one of many free Webinars.

Gain a solid foundation of knowledge to kick-start your career in travel in up to 12 months of study.

Become a Certified Travel Counselor CTC for $550.

Or, if you already have five years of industry experience, take the Fast Track course.

The Travel Institute also offers Certified Travel Associate CTA and Certified Travel Industry Executive CTIE courses.

Stratford Career Institute is privately owned and established in 1991.

The Institute offers quality at-home vocational training programs to students in North America.

Stratford foresaw the need for emerging education for busy adults and offers distance learning.

SCI provides the opportunity for students to learn in the convenience of their own home with a flexible schedule.

This online school is a member of the United States Distance Learning Association, the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education, and the International Council for Open and Distance Education ICDE.

SCI also has academic affiliations with Institutional Accountants ICIA and The Travel Institute.

If you love to travel and want to turn travel planning into your career, Stratford Career Institute online offers a comprehensive travel and tourism course.

Learn the basics and then move into more advanced topics.

Delve into sales and marketing with this self-paced course.

Complete the course in a year or shorter.

Some students are ready for the next step after six months.

The Stratford Career Institute Travel and Tourism online course will prepare you to sit for the TAP test.

Learn everything you need about landing a job and continuing work as a successful travel agent for $1,049.

Catch the course on sale for $499 during Black Friday or other sales throughout the year.

The Travel Agent Campus is a highly sought-after travel agent/advisor online training and certification program.

Train with lessons developed by innovators of their independent home-based travel agent learning platform.

Learn from instructors who offer more than 30 years of training to those new to the travel business.

The Travel Agent Campus allows you to work at your own pace.

Learn everything you need to know to earn your online travel agent certification in two weeks.

Or, take less time.

Most students finish the course in about three to ten days.

Pay $995 in full, or break it down into monthly payments.

Once you start your travel career, earn as much as 70 percent to 90 percent commission.

Learn at home about the vast travel industry and tourism at your own pace in partnership with TPI Travel Planners International.

Get started in your career of planning, researching, and booking trips with the help of this online course.

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Grand Canyon University GCU offers a private for-profit university.

GCU is the largest Christian university in the world, teaching 70,000 online students and 20,000 on-campus learners.

Take your time and earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality Management.

By attaining a BS in Hospitality Management, you open doors to a solid career in travel.

With Grand Canyon University, earn your degree after studying 120 credit hours at approximately $485 per credit.

The online courses each last eight weeks and are self-paced.

You may participate in Web chat sessions or view lectures online throughout the courses.

If you have already earned college credit, transfer credit hours to reduce your overall expenses.

Apply for scholarships to save more on tuition costs. Also, enjoy extensive discounted tuition for active military personnel.

Study online to receive your travel consultant certificate from a program featured by Oprah, ABC, CNN, and The Wall Street Journal.

IAP Career College offers a private online career learning opportunity.

This online college allows students to develop skills to advance their careers or start a business.

Learn the principles and techniques of the travel industry through an affordable online program.

IAP Career College online Travel Consultant Certificate Course takes approximately six weeks to complete.

Some students get done faster, by four weeks.

Others take a full 12 weeks to complete.

Work online at your own pace without teaching assistance.

The IAP course costs approximately $377.

Catch a special sale to get it for as inexpensive as $149.00.

Ashworth College offers career education that teaches practical skills employers want without breaking the bank.

This online school is among the most affordable online schools available to gain travel agent certification.

All of the career-focused courses at Ashworth College include books, lessons, study guides, and academic guidance.

Earn your certification among more than 300,000 students who have graduated from Ashworth.

Ashworth College offers an online travel agent training program to prepare you for work in the travel industry.

The course of study covers reservations, customer service, and geography.

Study entirely at your own pace to prepare for the TAP test certification in less than a year.

Earn your travel and tourism diploma to work with planning tours and management positions.

Pay $989 with monthly payments of $799 paid in full.

Ready yourself to take the Travel Institute Travel Agent Proficiency Test after completing the course.

Ashworth College additionally provides a toolkit with resume templates and other resources to help you land a travel career.

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Online travel agent training programs offer courses that teach everything you need to prepare you as a travel agent.

Some of the typical courses included in travel agent training programs include:

  • Air travel ticketing, reservations, and baggage handling, including North American Air Travel
  • Geographic studies, including popular travel destinations, cultures, customs, and top attractions while exploring the world
  • Tourism and the History of tourism, including types of tourism and how travel impacts the economy
  • TAP Travel Agent Proficiency Certification studies include customer service, consumer-focused professionalism, specialized travel sales techniques, marketing, office skills, and time management.
  • Advanced skills in journey pricing and ticketing
  • BSP Agent billing reports and agent remittance procedures
  • Learn about required documents for international trips
  • Intro to Tourism Management to establish a foundational understanding of the tourism business
  • Delve into the challenges of the hospitality industry as a career
  • Aspects of Transportation Learning how to navigate domestic and foreign transportation systems such as air, railway, or cruises
  • Convention and Special Event Planning, including conferences, trade shows, arranging travel, lodging, booking the best venue, and organizing food services
  • World Regions, including time zones, weather, and climate
  • International Travel Documentation
  • Customer-focused selling and understanding customer needs
  • Accepting and processing payments
  • Travel Insurance
  • Car Rentals
  • Tour Sales and Niche Marketing
  • Hospitality
  • Global Distribution System GDS and establishing Passenger Name Record PNR
  • Career Options in Travel
  • Types of Tours and Tour Operators
  • Fares and ticketing
  • How to start an at-home travel agency
  • Business Ethics and writing skills
  • The Art of listening and communicating

Several online colleges, universities, and career training centers offer a complete program to attain the skills needed in the travel industry.

One of the benefits of studying online is that you learn at your own pace.

Earning an online travel agent certification varies in how long it takes .

Spend a few days, two to three weeks, or stretch it out.

Combine your studies with an Associate’s or a Bachelor’s degree, and take two to four years.

Pursue one or all of the travel agent certifications, including the following:

  • Travel Agent Proficiency TAP
  • The Certified Travel Associate CTA – Requires one year of industry experience or completion of the Travel Agent Proficiency TAP exam.
  • Certified Travel Counselor
  • Certified Travel Industry Executive
  • ASTA Verified Travel Advisor VTA from the American Society of Travel Advisors ASTA
  • International Air Transport Association IATA
  • Travel Industry Designator Service TIDS
  • Certified Cruise Counselor CCC from the Cruise Lines International Association CLIA
  • Accredited Cruise Counselor ACC
  • Master Cruise Counselor MCC
  • Elite Cruise Counselor ECC

Online training costs in the travel industry vary based on how long the program is, whether the institution is accredited, and any specializations you pursue.

It ranges in cost from approximately $100 to about $1,000 to complete certification.

Some online programs include an exam fee, so expect to spend about $2,000 or more.

Once you obtain the certification, expect ongoing studies to maintain the certification.

Agents must earn ten continuing education credits CEUs per year.

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Everything You Need to Know About Becoming a Travel Agent

Here's what you should know before becoming a travel agent.

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If you're someone who spends your days scanning flights , loves hotel rewards points, and in general, is a fervent traveler, you've probably wondered how to become a travel agent.

And, while it's true that living in the age of Expedia means travel agents are not as vital as they once were, people use them a lot more than you might think. Just because travelers aren't calling up an agent every time they need to book a quick flight doesn't mean they don't want to consult an expert for a big trip. This holds especially true when it comes to honeymoons or experiential trips that have a lot of moving parts — coordinating tour companies , translators, or multiple resort stays, for example. It's often easier to leave the logistics to someone else: travel agents.

You don't need a specific employment background to become a travel agent, so if you're looking for a fresh career start, that's totally OK. You have to start somewhere on your path to becoming a travel agent, and the sooner you jump in, the sooner you'll build your client base. On the other hand, if you're hoping to parlay your experience in a semi-related industry, be it marketing or hospitality, that can help because you'll have even more context for your new gig. Either way, this can be a rewarding career path (with some fun perks), so here's what you need to know to become a travel agent.

Formal Training Needed to Become a Travel Agent

While some four-year colleges, community colleges, and trade schools offer tourism certifications, it is not a requirement for those trying to become travel agents. Certificates of tourism can be very helpful, but so can previous training in marketing, hospitality, or even event planning. Ultimately, your knowledge of destinations, sales, itinerary planning, and booking software will be crucial for your career as a travel agent.

In terms of the training time you need to put in before becoming a fully-fledged travel agent, it depends. You could start your career right after high school, or you could put in one to four years to earn a certificate, associate's, or bachelor's degree in tourism. Of course, you could also change course from a related job, and morph your experience as, say, a destination wedding planner into a career as a travel agent.

Training Programs Available

You could take classes with a company like The Travel Institute to earn your certification. Not only will they teach you the basics of planning itineraries, but they'll also make sure you're learning about new cultures, world geography, and experiences you can have all over the world. They'll also help you decide what business route you want to take.

How to Become a Travel Agent: The Logistics

Becoming a travel agent will likely mean starting your own business . On the plus side, it requires relatively little overhead. If you're becoming a small business owner by opening a yoga studio, for example, you will need to rent a space, deal with permits, buy supplies, build a website, and pay yoga teachers and someone to work the front desk. However, if you're starting a travel agent business, you can operate from your living room and there aren't nearly as many upfront costs.

You will have to think about what type of business you want to become. Do you want to incorporate or become an LLC? Would you rather be a sole proprietor? Incorporating takes the most effort, and is often the most expensive. Becoming an LLC is a good happy medium because it can help protect you as a business entity without having as many associated costs. Small business owners typically become an LLC to protect their personal assets. If you get sued as an LLC, someone can come after your business holdings, but can't come after your house, car, or personal savings.

If you choose to remain a sole proprietor (which doesn't require any fees or legwork), you are essentially a freelancer or independent contractor. You can be an LLC and an independent contractor, too — they aren't mutually exclusive. If you want to be an independent contractor, it likely means you're working as part of a larger host agency, which is smart to do when you're starting out as a travel agent. Down the road, you can also own a travel agency franchise. Owning a franchise might come with more overhead costs, and that would be a reason to incorporate.

If you're an independent contractor, you should know that your taxes aren't going to be as straightforward as a full-time employee's might be. You may have to start keeping track of your business expenses, as you might be able to write them off. You also might not get things like health benefits from your employer. As you plan your new career, consider sitting down with an established travel agent to ask them some logistical questions: Where do they get their health insurance? How do they keep track of their income and expenses? Do they use an accountant to do their taxes? While meeting with the travel agent, you can discuss the pros and cons of working for a larger agency, too. If you're not sure how to get in touch with other travel agents, consider using social media, like LinkedIn or even Instagram.

What to Think About When You Become a Travel Agent

Once you've secured work as a travel agent, you'll want to think about how you can earn more money and distinguish yourself from other agents. Here are three things to consider as you start your career.

Making Commissions: If you're working for a larger travel agency as an independent contractor, how do commissions work? Make sure you have this conversation early on before accepting the position. When you're starting out, you want to make sure the commission rate you're receiving is similar to the industry standard.

Growing Your Client Base: How do you make more money as a travel agent? Clients, clients, clients. You want happy customers who will return to you every time they want to book a travel experience. You'll want to keep your clients happy by finding them great deals, curating unbelievable experiences for them, and simply being great to work with.

Establishing a Niche: This is by no means a requirement for becoming a travel agent, but as you establish your career, you may want to consider focusing on a specific niche. For example, perhaps you're someone who focuses on honeymoon travel , luxury travel, or adventure travel . Your niche can help you attract clients, and it can be anything in the travel realm, as long as there's a need for it.

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How to Become a Travel Agent—Because, Believe It or Not, the Industry Is on the Rise

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How to Become a Travel Agent—Because Believe It or Not the Industry Is on the Rise

There’s a reason “how to become a travel agent” has been a continuously trending search phrase on Google—it is a career path that offers a flexible work environment and schedule, ample travel opportunities, and an immersion into a supportive world-wide industry. It's a surprise to some in 2023: Once the internet became widely available, it was largely believed that needing a travel agent was obsolete. However, even though the brick-and-mortar agencies with punny names in strip malls have vanished, the career is on-the-rise .

New software options are making it easier than ever for people to make money planning trips, either as a side hustle or as a full-time business. That’s why Cherikonda, India-based stay-at-home mother, Maya Kapoor-Miller, decided to enter the professional world as a travel agent this year, at 31. “I knew nothing about the travel industry prior to signing up,” says Kapoor-Miller, who decided to use San Francisco-based booking platform Dreamport to establish her online travel advisor business. “It is my first business in life, and the only one that you can start with no investment.”

But there's also a rise in demand. When people ventured back into the world after the pandemic, travel agents saw an overwhelming amount of business . And that momentum hasn’t stopped—when travel is complicated, like it was in 2020 and 2021, travelers turned to professional trip planners to create a seamless vacation. For better or worse, traveling has remained complicated and chaotic, with new rules being implemented (like Americans needing to pay a fee to visit Europe in 2024 ) and airline strikes and staffing issues. Offloading all of the nitty-gritty details to someone else is more appealing than ever.

For those entering the field, there's also the age-old motivator: a love of travel. 

Shelton Ellis, who is based in North Carolina, recently saw these opportunities and left behind more than 20 years in public relations and global advertising to turn his passion into a career. “I was born with a wanderlust that would wear Rick Steves out,” Ellis says. “I decided to take the leap and follow that lifelong yearning. Transitioning into this role was really about learning how to monetize what I'm passionate about.”

Whether you are looking for a new career path or a lucrative side-hustle—or simply curious about those taking the plunge—here’s how to become a travel agent, from the qualifications and education required, to anticipated earnings, according to those who have made the shift in the past year. 

What exactly does a travel agent do?

Travel agents, or travel advisors (the term is mostly interchangeable), manage everything that goes into a trip for their clients: the flights, car transfers, accommodations, restaurant reservations, and more—they even inspire the itinerary. The reason people turn to travel agents, aside from having a helping hand during any travel chaos , is also to tap into the travel agent’s first-hand knowledge of destinations, and their industry partnerships, which often lead to perks such as hotel upgrades, ideal airplane seats, and experiences that can’t be found on a search engine.

“You have to remember that as a travel agent, you will be a guide for people during their happiest moments—family reunions, weddings , baptisms, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences that people have dreamt of,” says Kapoor-Miller. “It has been one of the most rewarding aspects of being a travel agent. You navigate people, inform them, and help them choose.”

So, how do you become a travel agent?

There are many ways to become a travel agent, from joining an existing travel agency , to starting an independent business from the ground up. Others are opting for one of the buzziest start-ups in the travel industry, Fora . When it launched in 2021, the software company, which trains and provides search engine-optimized profile pages to advisors—at one point had a waitlist of over 30,000 people eager to begin a part-time gig. Travel photographer and Condé Nast Traveler contributor Amanda Villarosa is currently in the process of joining.

“I'm the person that friends and family come to for travel recommendations, tips and tricks, and general travel advice,” says Villarosa. “After discovering Fora and looking into it, I realized that it could be the perfect side-hustle, considering I'm already so involved in the industry.”

With additional flexibility, Villarosa was able to move from New York City to splitting her time between Denver and Los Angeles . She says that the sign-up was quite straightforward. “You're given a dedicated Fora email and have access to advising tools and fellow Fora advisors,” she says. “The training is in the form of Zoom meetings and videos, which you have the option to watch at your own pace. Once completed, you take a certification quiz and you're on your way to advising.”

The other ways in are slightly more involved. To begin an independent practice, you go about it like many other businesses. You will have to create an LLC, establish a business name, cultivate marketing materials, build a website, find clientele, and more.

Ellis found something in the middle, choosing to connect with an established travel agency. “Don't be afraid to reach out to an agency looking to take on new advisors and is willing to mentor," says Ellis. "I was fortunate to learn so much from Annie Chambers, the owner of Crafted Escapes , who has seven years in the business.” He now knows the ropes on everything from using itinerary-building software to destination-specific training, to the sales and marketing aspects of the trade.

Is there required education or qualifications?

Ellis says that there's no certification, per se, required to become a travel advisor, but there are countless training courses available like Departure Lounge ’s classes on navigating the industry through hotels and tour operators. He said it’s also important to stay on top of travel trends. Ellis recently completed travel agent training programs provided by premier cruise lines such as Virgin Voyages , Ritz-Carlton Yachts , and Cunard to help agents sell their products more accurately.

How much does a travel agent make?

What a travel agent earns depends on how many trips they successfully book for their clients. The entire model is commission-based, meaning agents earn a percentage of the total cost of the vacation they orchestrate. Many travel advisors choose to charge a flat-rate planning fee in addition to their commission, but balance is key—if you charge a high planning fee, it could lead to potential clients going elsewhere.

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Fora ’s website states that “some of our full-time, expert advisors earn well into the six figures (or beyond).” So a lucrative career may be on the horizon, for those who are able to build a robust client base and excellent industry connections.

How much you make can also depend on where you live around the world. “I am being paid in dollars,” says India-based Kapoor-Miller. “So the currency fluctuations of the local exchange rate are not something I am worried about.”

What are the key skills required to become a travel agent?

“Travel agents need a mix of customer service, communication, destination knowledge, organizational, and problem-solving skills,” says Kapoor-Miller. “But I would say that adaptability, flexibility, curiosity, and cultural sensitivity top them all—you have to put yourself in other's shoes, and understand the requirements, hopes, and expectations of your clients along with any worries and questions they may have.”

It’s vital to have a passion for traveling, even the aspects of the process that aren’t as exciting, such as learning about new airline routes, train schedule updates, and industry news. “It can be an information-heavy hustle, and I believe it's important to be excited about it as that energy definitely transfers to your clients and partners,” Villarosa says.

Should travel advisors choose a specialization?

Many travel advisors have found success through becoming an expert in a few types of travel and destinations. “It's important to become an authority and learn as much as you can through personal experiences and continuing education,” says Ellis. “As a proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community , an avid snow skier, and scuba diver, I know not only the popular destinations but others that are off the beaten path, equally safe and adventurous for all travelers.” This helps travel agents establish a competitive edge, and hopefully convince potential clients to choose them for their expertise.

What are the benefits of being a travel agent?

“Flexibility tops them all,” says Kapoor-Miller. “And the ability to start without industry knowledge. If you worry that you are too old for this job, the good news is that this is a job you can enter and enjoy at any age.”

Another great perk is the "Familiarization trip,” says Ellis. “Tourism boards and hotels invite agents to visit and familiarize themselves with a particular country and its properties. After all, any accomplished salesperson should learn everything they can about their products first-hand...even if they're in Bora Bora.” It's hard work, but someone's got to do it. 

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  • Provides a comprehensive program in the field of travel, primarily for those interested in becoming a Travel Agent or would like to focus on Hospitality Management and the like,
  • Displays proper accreditation to become a qualified Travel Agent,
  • The curriculum ensures that the program covers topics such as travel industry regulations, booking procedures, customer service, sales, and marketing,
  • Provides possible internship opportunities that offer internships with travel agencies or other related organizations to give students hands-on experience,
  • Provides learning options, such as on-campus and online formats,
  • Offers job placement services and networking opportunities.

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(Online) Associate in Hospitality And Tourism Management

Casper College’s online associate in hospitality and tourism management degree is a 63-66 credit program that allows students to graduate without visiting the campus. Students who finish the program, taught by faculty members with industry expertise, can exhibit a current understanding of products and services supplied by various tourism/hospitality industry segments.

Students will also learn how to explain tourism/hospitality products and services that are distributed, advertised, and sold, appreciate the value of service in tourism/hospitality, display destination knowledge, and correctly use the specialist vocabulary used by industry professionals.

Students will be asked to contact local and regional business leaders for interviews, visits, evaluations, planning, and analytical-based projects.

Courses relevant to travel careers are:

  • Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Hotel Operations Management
  • Sales and Customer Relationship Management
  • Convention Sales and Management
  • Tourism Management
  • Legal Environment of Business 

The goals of this degree include delivering exceptional client service, managing accommodations, developing novel income streams, and conducting economic analysis, all of which are important in becoming a travel agent.

Check out Casper’s Online Associate In Hospitality And Tourism Management , see if the requirements meet your standards, and start making your dream come true. 

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Highline College

(On-campus) Associate of Applied Science degrees in Hospitality and Tourism Management

An Associate of Applied Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Highline College is one of the best degrees to help you become a successful travel agent. Each student is given the option to work with a HOST advisor to create their specific degree plan. Because you will specialize in your chosen job route, you will only attend classes directly related to your path.

A Flight Certificate program, also offered at Highline College, is intended for those who are interested in the aviation industry and its three focus areas:

  • Airport operations and management

Individuals who complete this course of study will be adequately schooled in the logistical parts of the three aforementioned focus areas, resulting in a comprehensive understanding of the flight business. This course option includes all of the elements required to succeed as a professional in the aviation, airline, or airport industry.

Program courses include:

  • Travel Geography
  • Customer Service Operations
  • Airline and Aviation Operations
  • Airport Operations
  • Travel Counselor
  • Destination Marketing Organization

Highline College’s Flight Certificate is one of the most well-known certificates for those looking for work in a travel agency. This degree and certificate will undoubtedly enhance your resume. Learn about the school’s Associate of Applied Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management and Flight Certificate program .

Georgia Piedmont Technical College

Georgia Piedmont Technical College

(Online) Associate In Marketing Management 

Marketing and branding tactics, finding new ways to sell products and services, and remaining competitive are critical components of sustaining a positive client relationship in the travel agency industry. These topics are covered in the Associate in Marketing Management online program at Georgia Piedmont Technical College for aspiring professional travel agents.

The online associate in marketing management degree at GPTC offers several concentration options, including retail management and entrepreneurship. Students acquire hands-on experience by participating in a marketing internship or practicum.

Core courses include:

  • Professional selling
  • Business regulations and compliance
  • Digital technologies in business

Pursuing this marketing degree is one approach to honing your customer service and sales abilities. It provides a curriculum that will assist you in understanding consumer behavior, needs, or desires and developing solutions to address them.

The career center at the college fosters favorable results by assisting students in developing resume writing, interviewing, and job-hunting skills. Go to the Associate In Marketing Management page to learn more if you’re ready to join GPTC’s nearly 100 percent success record after graduation.

Westchester Community College

Westchester Community College

(On-campus) AS in Marketing

The Associate of Science in Marketing program combines hands-on experience with academics to prepare students for a career in marketing and various industries in the twenty-first century. The program includes hands-on class projects with real-world applications, a core set of general education courses, and specialized marketing courses in consumer behavior, advertising, professional selling, and strategic marketing management.

Students will work in groups to develop new product developments, sales presentations, and advertising media plans, all critical components when selling tickets or vacation packages. The curriculum is intended to prepare students for transfer to SUNY and private four-year institutions.

Students can join the American Marketing Association and the Marketing Club and gain experience in internship positions in manufacturing, consumer goods, services, retailing, distribution, advertising, promotion, direct marketing, e-commerce, international marketing, and many other industries.

Program electives include:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Professional Selling
  • Digital Marketing
  • Market Research
  • Market Internship

An aspirant travel agent with a marketing degree may work with a tour company, cruise line, or resort. Visit Westchester Community College and begin your career with one of the best AS in Marketing programs available.

Seminole State College of Florida

Seminole State College of Florida

(On-campus, hybrid, and online) AA in Advertising/Public Relations

Advertising and public relations are critical in generating more revenue for any travel company. Travel agencies require public relations to help them gain recognition and establish a brand for themselves. This AA degree teaches you marketing communications, how to deal with various types of customers, and how to defend your company’s reputation.

Professors who are specialists in their fields will also teach you how to create, develop, and launch campaigns. You’ll get hands-on experience with television and digital design projects here. This AA in Advertising/Public Relations is a great place to start a variety of vocations.

Available courses include:

  • Principles of Public Relations
  • Research Methods for Communication
  • Digital Editing
  • Advertising
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Client Engagement

With 60 credit hours to complete, you will gain competencies needed in real-life circumstances, prepare to communicate the right message to clients to build long-term connections and discover how to develop travel promotion plans.

Students must collaborate with Student Affairs advisors, counselors, or specialists to ensure that required courses are taken and entry requirements for their desired college/university program are met.

Get a strong start as a travel agent at Seminole State College of Florida . 

Community College of Baltimore Country

Community College of Baltimore Country

(Online) Travel Agent Training Certificate

Community College of Baltimore Country has designed the Online Travel Training Certificate for students seeking a career in this rapidly growing industry. The program constitutes airline, ground transportation, hotels and resorts, cruises and tours, international and domestic travel, reservations and pricing, specialty travel, and other topics.

This certificate leads to a Travel Agent Proficiency qualification, recognized internationally by the travel industry, and ranges from entry-level travel agent knowledge to senior management for agencies or tour operations. ​

This online curriculum is divided into two modules, with students having up to six months to complete the course material. The first lesson is intended to teach students how to begin a travel career and the basic and destination geography that a travel agent is most likely to recommend and sell to their clients. Introduction to the travel industry, basic geography, professional skills, and destination geography are among the topics to be covered.

The second lesson will teach you how to establish a travel job and domestic and worldwide travel locations. The travel business will be discussed, including airlines, ground transportation, hotels and resorts, cruises, excursions, specialized travel, and more.

Jumpstart your travel career with a Travel Agent Training Certificate and be competitive in the industry. 

LeTourneau University

LeTourneau University

(On-campus or online) AS in Airport Management

The airport management associate degree program prepares students for careers in airports and related client businesses and industries. Students are immersed in real-world learning environments. Furthermore, LeTourneau University’s Associate of Science in Aviation Management degree blends the finest of LETU’s nationally known aviation program with excellent business training, resulting in a program poised to drive you into leadership positions in the aviation sector.

The associate degree in airport management program was created with a strong career focus in mind, giving graduates the knowledge and skills needed to enter the profession in entry-level employment. Many graduates of the associate degree in airport management program have gone on to work in airport management at surrounding airports, start their travel agency, work in national organizations, and even travel internationally.

As an airport manager and analyst student with a special focus on airport operations, you will gain extensive experience. This degree major will further provide you with the knowledge needed to handle the many areas of airport operation. Your courses will teach you how over 40,000 airports and airfields worldwide make daily and anticipated business choices.

Classes include:

  • Aviation Management
  • Flight Science
  • Aviation Safety Factors

Check out the AS in Airport Management and get ready to build a strong foundation in various functional areas of aviation.

University of Massachusetts Amherst

University of Massachusetts Amherst

(Online and on-campus) BS in Hospitality and Tourism Management

UMass offers one of the best Bachelor of Science in hospitality and tourism management and has been a doorway to student achievement for over 75 years!

Through coursework, industry leaders, hands-on experience, and international travel, you will discover how to be a great leader. The curriculum covers managerial areas such as lodging, food and beverage, customer experience, events, clubs, and revenue and data analytics. Take advantage of experiential learning opportunities by attending HTM Career Day and Marriott Meals, among other similar events.

The HTM major includes upper-level elective courses that allow you to tailor your academic curriculum to your own goals, interests, and needs. Among the HTM electives are:

  • Convention Sales
  • Club Management
  • Beverage Management
  • Special Event Management

Another advantage is that UMass offers this curriculum both on-campus and online. UMass Amherst grads are in high demand for careers! Ninety-five percent of alumni get employed by top firms such as Hillstone Restaurant Group, Encore Boston Harbor, Marriott International, and even Expedia and Twitter shortly after graduation!

Get your hospitality degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst , and open the door to a rewarding career in travel agencies.

Boston University

Boston University

(On-campus) BS in Hospitality Administration

This degree is for students who enjoy traveling and learning about various cultures. Boston University’s Bachelor of Science in Hotel Administration program requires overseas travel, which is advantageous for aspiring travel agents. You will firsthand experience what it is like to travel, and you will have a better understanding of the do’s and don’ts, which you can subsequently share with your clients.

You can specialize in either hospitality marketing, event management, hospitality real estate development, or revenue management. You will complete a blend of fundamental courses and SHA core and optional courses, including Hospitality Sales Management and Private Club Management, as part of this 128-credit hour program.

Hospitality Concentrations helpful in being a travel agent include:

  • Hospitality Marketing
  • Event Management
  • Revenue Management & Analytics
  • Hospitality Accounting & Finance
  • Hospitality Entrepreneurship
  • Hospitality Retailing

You will engage in the study abroad program in addition to two 400-hour work experiences – a fantastic opportunity! You can finish the dual degree, include hospitality management as a minor, or even take advantage of the 4+1 option, which allows you to complete both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in just five years.

Visit BUS’s BS in Hospitality Administration and learn more about the program along with their admission requirements. 

Arizona State University

Arizona State University

(On-campus) BS in Tourism Development and Management

The Bachelor of Tourist Development and Management degree program at the W.P. Carey School of Business teaches students the marketing tactics and sound business foundations required for success in the tourism sector and allied professions. It covers core courses in tourism planning, convention sales and management, tourism and recreation policy, tourism marketing, and community development.

Students must take an honors thesis course and complete one- to twelve credits of internship work in the tourist industry to complete the program. Graduates can find a job in resorts, commercial recreation firms, tourism development corporations, and travel agencies.

This degree program offers the following concentrations:

  • Tourism Development and Management (Meetings and Events)
  • Tourism Development and Management (Resort and Hotel Leadership)
  • Tourism Development and Management (Sustainable Tourism)

Visit ASU’s BS in Tourism Development and Management , learn more about this degree, and see if it fits your standards. 

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Aren’t vacations supposed to be fun and relaxing? Planning a trip can be stressful. You must secure a plane ticket, get a hotel reservation, plan activities, and everything in between. Most people let Travel Agents handle the arrangements to avoid stress.

What a fun industry to consider if you like to travel… or help others enjoy their vacations! There are many travel industry jobs to consider, such as: 

  • Travel Agent
  • Director of Tourism
  • Event & Meeting Planner
  • Spa Manager
  • Cruise Ship Director
  • Amusement Park Worker
  • Casino Worker
  • Recreation Director
  • Flight Attendant
  • Customer Service Agent
  • Hotel Manager

Travel Agents wear many hats. They help their clients plan trips for business or pleasure. They offer valuable advice about travel destinations, as well as the best attractions and hotels. 

Travel Agents also assist with: 

  • Setting a travel budget
  • Getting the best deals
  • Planning excursions
  • Book reservations 
  • Provide proper documentation requirements, such as health, passport, or security details
  • Researches group rates and travel package deals

As a Travel Agent, you very well may get to visit the destinations in which you are trying to market to others. As you experience destinations yourself, you will know what to recommend based on what you see.

Generally, travel can be categorized into two categories, such as: 

  • Corporate – Focuses on making travel arrangements for employees who need to go on business trips. They arrange for travel and hotel accommodations while business is being conducted.
  • Fun & Leisure – Focuses on making dream vacations coming true for individuals or families. They book air flights, rental cars, hotel accommodations, day excursions, amusement park attractions, and much more! 

To enter into a career as a Travel Agent, you will need a high school or equivalent education. In some instances, employers may require a certificate from a technical training program in the field. Often, you can locate a program at your local community college or online. 

If you would like, you can also earn a bachelor’s degree in hospitality and tourism. 

According to the BLS , Travel Agents earned $46,400 per year, as of May 2022. The highest 10% earned upwards of $64,100 annually.

Between 2022 and 2032, the BLS estimates a job growth rate of 3%, adding 8,600 new options over the next decade.

Although the COVID-19 pandemic put a damper on the travel agency, things are on the upswing… which is contributing to the increased job growth rate.

While licensure is not required, earning certifications will help you exhibit your skills and knowledge. There are a couple to consider, such as: 

  • Travel Agent Proficiency Test
  • American Society of Travel Advisors

Perhaps first and foremost, you must like to travel yourself. That’s the fun part, right? However, while working with clients you will need to excel in communication, organization, and sales skills. You also need to be detail-oriented, personable and have excellent customer service skills.

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Southern Technical College is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) to award Bachelor’s degrees, Associate’s degrees, and diplomas.

Southern Technical College provides students with quality education, skills and enables them to become successful in their future vocations.

Enrollment:  Those who want to get the admission to the College are required to complete an Application for Admission which is available online.

That way they will arrange to meet personally with an Admissions Representative whose job is to guide them through the remaining parts of the admissions process.

There should be certain supporting documentation to be given with the application.

The applicant may be given a placement assessment, depending on the program selected.

All applicants must be a high school graduate or have successfully completed equivalent education such as GED.

They are supposed to provide proof of their high school diploma, GED, or equivalency at the time of enrollment.

Courses Offered:

  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Surgical Technician
  • Patient Care Technician
  • Management (Online)
  • Network Engineering and Administration
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning / Refrigeration
  • Electrical Trades Technology
  • Welding Technology
  • Electrical Technology
  • Veterinary Assisting

Contact Information:

  • Address: 1485 Florida Mall Ave, Orlando, FL 32809
  • Phone: +1 407-438-6000
  • Web:  https://www.southerntech.edu/locations/orlando/

Tulsa Welding School - Jacksonville

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Tulsa Welding School has existed for over 65 years and at TWS the staff consists of industry professionals whose main aim is to help young generations get the most out of education and future career.

They are considered a very attractive school as they offer flexible scheduling, financial aid assistance, career services, and student housing assistance.

Enrollment:  If Tulsa Welding School is the right choice for you, then you should consider applying for the best welding training in Florida.

You will get both day and evening classes available and hands-on welding training.

You can start your application on their official website.

The process consists of several steps.

Firstly, you should schedule a personalized tour of the campus with an Admissions Representative who will contact you after you submit your application to help you complete the remaining parts of the process.

  • Professional Welder
  • Professional Welder with Pipefitting
  • Associate of Occupational Studies in Welding Technology
  • Welding Specialist
  • Welding Specialist with Pipefitting
  • HVAC & Refrigeration Programs
  • Electro-Mechanical Technologies
  • HVAC Training: Refrigeration Technologies Program
  • Electrical Applications
  • Tulsa Welding School – Jacksonville
  • Address: 3500 Southside Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32216
  • Phone: +1 904-425-1487
  • Web:  https://www.weldingschool.com
  • DAVE School

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The Digital Animation & Visual Effects (DAVE) School was founded in 2000 and since then has offered training in Visual Effects.

Enrollment:  The application process starts with applying online by filling out the application form.

The second step is to pay the $25.00 application fee.

Then, you are supposed to show them your work.

Anything you have ever done to express yourself creatively should be submitted as a sample together with the admission application.

It can be a web page, digital photograph, film or video project, short story, scale model, song, illustration, painting, sculpture.

All these files should be emailed to [email protected] or sent by fax to 407-224-5648.

Also, you may mail them to the following address:

The DAVE School Admissions Department 2500 Universal Studios Plaza Sound Stage 25 Orlando, FL 32819

You should also submit your high school diploma or equivalent.

Fees: There is a $25 application fee.

  • Visual Effects Production Diploma Program
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Effects Production Program
  • Game Production Diploma Program
  • Bachelors Degree in Game Production
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Motion Graphics
  • Address: Sound Stage 25, 2500 Universal Studios Plaza, Orlando, FL 32819
  • Phone: +1 407-385-1100
  • Web:  http://www.daveschool.com
  • HiTEC Campus-Aparicio-Levy Technical Center

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Aparicio-Levy Technical College is accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education (COE).

Their mission is to provide education and support to students so as to be able to excel as successful and responsible citizens.

Enrollment:  Enrollment at Aparicio-Levy Technical College is available only to adult students, 18 years of age or older.

The application and registration process consists of filling out Registration Form, showing Driver’s License or ID and providing proof of a valid Standard High School Diploma or GED.

Future students have to fill out Residency Form and prove Florida Residency with Driver’s License, voter registration or vehicle registration.

Last, but not least, they need to take the TABE Test.

Fees: There is a $20.00 registration fee for all Postsecondary Adult Vocational Programs, a $5.00 testing fee for both CASAS & TABE tests and a $5.00 processing fee for any debit or credit card transaction.

The tuition rate varies.

For Postsecondary Adult Vocational programs it is $2.78 per clock hour for Florida residents or $11.17 per clock hour for non-Florida residents.

Professional Development and Continuing Education Classes tuition is currently $4.50 per clock hour while Adult Education Block tuition is $45.00 per block.

  • Computer Systems & Information Technology
  • English Classes (ESOL)
  • Firefighter I/II
  • Public Safety Communicator
  • Address: 10119 E Ellicott St, Tampa, FL 33610
  • Phone: +1 813-740-4884
  • Web:  http://www.goaltc.com
  • McFatter Technical College and High School

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William T. McFatter Technical College is accredited by the accrediting commission of the Council on Occupational Education.

They give their students a chance for more earning power and professional achievement.

At McFatter Technical College and High School, students get a quality education at an affordable price.

Enrollment:  The enrollment process consists of scheduling the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) or providing official documentation of a TABE exemption to your program counselor.

Then, you are supposed to schedule an appointment with your program counselor for TABE results and he/she will provide you with the additional requirements for program admission,

The last step is to register for classes during open enrollment.

Fees: There is a $15 nonrefundable assessment fee for testing.

Tuition is set by the State of Florida.

All applicants must complete the Florida Residency Declaration for Tuition Purposes form and submit the required supporting documents.

  • Accounting Operations
  • Administrative Office Specialist
  • Introduction To Computers
  • Legal Administrative Specialist
  • Medical Administrative Specialist
  • Career Dual Enrollment
  • Career Placement Transition Program
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • Fork Lift Certification
  • Digital Media/Multimedia Design
  • Digital Photography Technology
  • Digital Printing Technology
  • Graphic Communications and Printing Technology
  • Television Production Technology
  • Baking and Pastry Arts
  • Professional Culinary Arts & Hospitality
  • Culinary Vegetarian & Plant Based Specialty
  • Electricity
  • Welding Technology – Advanced
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Principles of Teaching
  • Dental Laboratory Technology
  • Electrocardiograph (EKG) Technology
  • Optometric Assisting
  • Pharmacy Technician-ATD
  • Practical Nursing
  • Applied Cybersecurity
  • Game Animation/Simulation/Programming
  • Java Development & Programming
  • Network Support Services
  • Web Development
  • Marine Service Technologies
  • Automotive Collision Technology Technician
  • Automotive Service Technology
  • Fire Science/EMT (Adults Only)
  • Address:   6500 Nova Dr, Davie, FL 33317
  • Phone: +1 754-321-5700
  • Web:  https://www.mcfattertechnicalcollege.edu
  • Fortis Institute

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Fortis Institute is institutionally accredited by these accrediting bodies:

  • Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)
  • Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
  • Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)
  • Accrediting Commission of the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET)
  • Accrediting Commission of the Council on Occupational Education.

Many programs are designed to help students complete their education and get into the market faster, and the availability of day and evening programs allows you to pick the schedule that best fits your lifestyle.

Enrollment:  If you are interested in applying, you have to meet some eligibility requirements.

Firstly, you must be a high school graduate or its equivalent.

Then, you are required to complete a personal information sheet and have a personal interview with our admissions staff, during which you will discuss your career goals, tour the facility and meet with Financial Aid.

  • Nursing Programs
  • Healthcare / Medical Programs
  • Medical Technologists Programs
  • Dental Programs
  • Pharmacy Technician, Sterile Processing Technician, and Surgical Technology
  • Beauty & Wellness Programs – Cosmetology and Massage Therapy
  • Skilled Trades Programs in Florida
  • Address: 9022 South US Highway 1, Port St. Lucie, FL 34952
  • Phone: +1 772-221-9799
  • Web:  https://www.fortis.edu
  • Florida Vocational Institute

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Florida Vocational Institute was opened in February 2007.

Today it boasts great experience in career training.

Florida Vocational Institute is licensed by the State of Florida, Commission for Independent Education (CIE).

Florida Vocational Institute provides quality education and first-class training to prepare you for the job you want.

Enrollment:  To be eligible for general admission, you must be seventeen years of age or older, you must complete an initial interview with an Admissions Representative, provide a valid driver’s license, state ID with photo, or valid passport as well as a high school diploma.

The required acceptable documentation can be a valid high school diploma, GED certificate, a higher earned degree, an official high school or GED transcript.

Fees:  Students must pay the registration fee at the time of enrollment.

Tuition varies according to the program selected and all the information can be found in the catalog available on the school’s website.

Additional expenses can be the following:

  • Allied Health scrub/uniform set: $25 each
  •  Nursing scrub uniform set: $65 each
  • FVI polo shirt: $25 each
  • Nursing Assistant Competency Examination: Written – Clinical Skills English: $155
  • Web Developer
  • Cyber Security and Network Technician
  • Web Design and Digital Marketing
  • Pharmacy Technician Cert (PTCB) Exam Prep
  • Medical Coding (NRCCS) Exam Prep
  • Telemetry/Monitor Technician
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Medical Assistant
  • Home Health Aide (HHA)
  • Mental Health Technician
  • Address: 7757 W Flagler St Suite 220, Miami, FL 33144
  • Phone:   +1 305-665-1911
  • Web:  https://www.fvi.edu
  • Erwin Technical College

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If Erwin Technical College is on your mind as a future educational institution for you, you probably already know that it has full-time programs in various areas of study designed so as to allow you to pursue a new career.

Erwin Technical College is accredited by Council on Occupational Education (COE) and SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) through District accreditation .

Enrollment:  The enrollment requirements vary among individual programs.

Admissions requirements of some of them might include a standard high school diploma (or GED) or other documents.

Future students have to complete all admissions requirements for their program of interest to be placed on a list for the next available starting date of the program.

Fees:  Tuition for Florida residents is $2.78 per class/clinical hour for full-time job preparation programs and $4.50 per class hour for part-time supplemental courses.

  • Cosmetology
  • Nails Specialty
  • Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Technology
  • Computer Systems and Information Technology
  • Diesel System Technician
  • Solar Photovoltaic System Design
  • Dental Assisting Technology & Management
  • Massage Therapy
  • Medical Clinical Laboratory Technician
  • Medical Coder/Biller
  • Surgical Technology
  • Address: 2010 E Hillsborough Ave, Tampa, FL 33610
  • Phone: +1 813-769-5180
  • Web:  http://www.erwin.edu
  • South Florida Institute of Technology

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South Florida Institute of Technology Inc. was founded in October of 1997.

Their mission is to help students improve their education and to set new goals for themselves.

Enrollment:  South Florida Institute of Technology has a simple admissions process.

Admission is open to young and mature individuals who are interested in the computer graphic design, computer business applications, electrical, refrigeration & a/c, medical assistant, and plumbing technology fields.

Firstly, you should complete an application for admission.

You will organize a meeting with one of their admissions representatives who will guide you through the process.

Their job is to explain you step by step the whole program.

When meeting with your admissions representative, you have to have the following documentation:

  • Valid Driver’s License or Photo I.D.
  • Non-U.S. Citizens: Permanent residency card, parole documents, I-94 card, & passport.
  • Social Security Card
  • High School Diploma or G.E.D., and/or College Transcripts.

Fees:  The application fee is $150.00

  • Building Construction Technology
  • Computer Business Application
  • Computer Graphic and Web Design
  • Electrical Construction Technician
  • Plumbing Technician
  • Refrigeration & AC Repair Technician
  • Address: 720 NW 27th Ave, Miami, FL 33125
  • Phone: +1 305-649-2050
  • Web:  http://www.sf-institute.com
  • City College Hollywood

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City College is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).

It offers plenty of resources to help you succeed in your studies.

Enrollment:  The entrance requirements are the following.

Applicants must complete the City College admissions application and apply at the campus where they plan to attend.

The must provide proof of high school graduation, such as a high school diploma or a general equivalency diploma (GED).

Official transcripts may be provided to the academic department prior to enrollment as well.

You will have a personal interview with a member of the Admissions Department who is there to answer your questions and concerns and help you with your application process.

You will go to the Financial Aid Department and have a private discussion with our scholarships and FAFSA experts.

Fees:  A non-refundable application fee of $25 is required prior to enrollment.

  • ALLIED HEALTH, MEDICAL OFFICE ADMINISTRATION WITH A TRACK IN INSURANCE BILLING & CODING
  • ALLIED HEALTH, MEDICAL ASSISTING
  • ANESTHESIA TECHNOLOGY
  • CARDIOVASCULAR SONOGRAPHY
  • BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION MANAGEMENT
  • EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES
  • VETERINARY TECHNOLOGY
  • Address: 6565 Taft St #200, Hollywood, FL 33024
  • Phone: +1 954-780-8317
  • Web:  https://www.citycollege.edu/locations/hollywood /

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Florida has many schools to offer and if you are still not sure which one is the ideal for you, then you should research your options, paying attention to the programs and tuition fees that would be in line with your interests and budget.

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CDA Technical Institute

In Jacksonville, Florida, CDA Technical Institute’s campus caters to aspiring commercial divers as the sole fully accredited diver training program with IMCA-recognized training in the region. The institution offers a comprehensive learning experience coupled with unparalleled amenities. Boasting on-campus housing and a complete meal plan, students immerse themselves in a supportive environment conducive to their academic and personal growth. The institute’s commercial diving program boasts exceptional job placement rates, a testament to its rigorous curriculum and industry relevance. Over the course of the intensive 5-month program, students accumulate an impressive 3000 minutes of bottom time, honing their skills under the guidance of seasoned professionals.

With 14 certifications and qualifications awaiting successful graduates, CDA Technical Institute ensures students are equipped with the expertise necessary to excel in the competitive field of commercial diving. A monthly intake system allows aspiring divers to commence their journey promptly, without delay. Furthermore, the institute’s commitment to accessibility is evident through its provision of financial aid options, including Title IV federal student aid and veteran-friendly support services. Recognized as a beacon of support for veterans transitioning to civilian life, CDA Technical Institute remains steadfast in empowering students with the education and training necessary for success in the diving industry and beyond.

  • 91 Trout River Dr. Jacksonville, FL 32208

Concorde Career Institute

The Jacksonville Concorde Career Institute offers students the chance to get a great education in a range of growing fields. From South Bank to St Johns, Floridians can study areas such as nursing, dental assisting, medical office administration, surgical technology, and more. With a blended learning model, the Concorde Institute in Jacksonville, FL, helps students easily transition into their careers.

  • 7259 Salisbury Rd Jacksonville, FL 32256

J-Tech Institute

J-Tech Institute in Jacksonville offers a range of skilled trades education programs for students in Northeastern Florida.

In the Automotive Technology program, students receive training in automotive maintenance, diagnostic procedures, and repair methods, aligned with ASE certifications.

The Diesel Technology program focuses on diagnosing and repairing light, medium, and heavy-duty trucks, covering various systems including diesel engines, drive train components, and electrical systems.

For aspiring commercial truck drivers, J-Tech Institute provides a 4- or 8-week Commercial Truck Driving and CDL Program, aligned with FMCSA regulations and CSA initiative fundamentals.

HVAC-R program prepares graduates for EPA certification and provides practical skills for HVAC systems diagnosis, repair, and installation, alongside essential business and interpersonal skills.

In the Marine & RV Technician program, students learn diagnostic procedures and repair methods for motorized machines, with a focus on Yamaha Marine University’s training program and MCP certification.

The Welding and Fabrication Training Program offers hands-on training using industry-standard equipment, preparing graduates for entry-level careers in welding and fabrication.

  • 8813 Western Way Jacksonville, FL 32256

Keiser University

Northeastern Florida residents looking to earn a business, nursing, information technology, criminal justice, or general studies degree can take the required courses at the Keiser University campus in Jacksonville. Comprehensive curriculum and top-of-the-line labs at this location help students learn and apply the skills they need to succeed in their chosen profession.

  • 6430 Southpoint Pkwy. Jacksonville, FL 32216

Nova Southeastern University

Nova Southeastern University Jacksonville offers convenient day, evening, weekend, and online classes to suit any student’s schedule. In addition to these flexible class times, this campus has spacious classrooms and labs with the latest equipment to provide quality education for learners. Courses at the Jacksonville campus include nursing, business, counseling, computer sciences, and education.

  • 6675 Corporate Center Pkwy, Suite 115 Jacksonville, FL 32216

Paul Mitchell Schools

At Paul Mitchell School Jacksonville, cosmetology students gain a quality education from qualified beauty professionals using effective teaching strategies and an industry-approved curriculum. Learners can enjoy personalized one-on-one instruction as they gain hands-on training in hair styling, nailcare, skincare, and makeup application.

  • 4624 Town Crossing Drive #155 Jacksonville, FL 32246

Roadmaster Drivers School

Roadmaster Drivers School’s Jacksonville campus allows students to earn their commercial driver’s licenses and pursue a promising trucking and transportation career. Roadmaster teaches students the skills and information they need to comply with federal Department of Transportation guidelines. Students at this campus also learn how to drive, back up, and turn Class A vehicles.

  • 1409 Pickettville Rd Jacksonville, FL 32220

Saint Leo University

Saint Leo University in Jacksonville, FL, offers more than 60 programs for Florida students. Located just west of Orange Park, this campus offers both graduate and undergraduate degrees in areas like business, criminal justice, information technology, creative writing, and social work. Students may attend classes taught by expert instructors in person, or they can complete their degree online.

  • 9775 Crosshill Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32222

Strayer University

Strayer University’s Jacksonville, Florida campus offers a multitude of educational opportunities to its students to meet the diverse needs of its adult learner student body. From certificates to doctoral programs, the campus provides pathways for individuals seeking to advance their careers in cybersecurity, data analytics, MBAs, and information systems.

Strayer University Jacksonville prioritizes accessibility and affordability, ensuring that eligible individuals from all walks of life access quality higher education. The campus’s innovative approach to learning empowers students to achieve their personal and professional goals, supported by initiatives like the Strayer Graduation Fund, where students earn free courses for their academic achievements.

Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), Strayer University Jacksonville holds itself to the highest standards of educational excellence, recognized by both the US Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

  • 8375 Dix Ellis Trail, Suite 200 Jacksonville, FL 32256

Tulsa Welding School

Jacksonville area residents looking to work in the skilled trades can take hands-on welding, HVAC, electrical work, and other building services courses at this school. Programs usually take between seven and nine months to complete. While this campus features well-equipped labs with state-of-the-art tools and tech, TWS also has enhanced training courses that use virtual reality equipment that allows students to practice outside the lab and classroom.

  • 3500 Southside Boulevard Jacksonville, FL 32216

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