Pursue a New Career as a Travel Agent and Tourism Specialist
Take the first steps towards turning your passion for travel and adventure into a career with Penn Foster's Travel and Tourism Specialist program. You can learn the skills to help you prepare to work in a variety of settings, including travel agencies and tour companies, airlines and cruise lines, in-house corporate travel departments, and wholesale suppliers or convention bureaus as you prepare to sit for the nationally recognized Travel Agent Proficiency (TAP) certification.
Prepare to Take the Travel Agent Proficiency Certification Exam
As part of the Travel and Tourism Specialist online program, you will be eligible to sit for the nationally recognized Travel Agent Proficiency (TAP) certification exam developed by the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) and The Travel Institute.
After graduating, you'll receive an opportunity to enroll, at no additional cost, in a Destination Specialist course at The Travel Institute. This course allows you to explore an area of personal interest and helps you prepare for travel agent certification by completing the Destination Specialist certification exam.
Why Choose Penn Foster College?
Start and Study When You Want
Learn at home or on the go through our custom-designed, mobile-friendly student portal, available 24/7.
A Committed Support System
While you can study at home, you're not alone! Our dedicated Student Services Department, Student Community, and instructors are just a call or email away.
Receive real-world training with a reservation system simulation used in the travel and tourism industry. Add your experience to your resume to show employers you have the skill sets they need.
Set Your Goals and Pace
Customize your study schedule with progress-tracking and goal-setting tools that keep you moving forward.
With 58,000 + graduates in 2019 from our accredited high school, career school, and college, you're in good hands!
Connect with Other Students
Connect in real-time with other Travel and Tourism Specialist students as part of the Penn Foster Community.
Why Become a Travel and Tourism Specialist?
Enjoy the freedom to work in a variety of different settings and specialize in an area of personal interest as you help make travel dreams come true for your clients! Provide assistance and expertise as you book exotic trips and plan exciting tours. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook, the average annual travel agent salary was $40,660 in 2019.¹
A Customized Learning Experience
With mobile-friendly coursework, progress-tracking and goal-setting tools, virtual simulations, and informative videos to help you succeed, the Penn Foster Experience (PFx) is online learning like no other.
Travel and Tourism Specialist Course Details
Learn how to become a travel agent with training courses on how to arrange all modes of transportation for travel, how to book hotels and resorts, how to recommend popular tourist destinations, and the different career paths you can take as you explore jobs in the travel industry. Gain hands-on training as you complete projects using industry standard reservation systems.
¹ Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Travel Agents, on the Internet here (visited June 10, 2020). Statements found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook are not a guarantee of any post-graduation salary, in part because the data used to create the Occupational Outlook Handbook includes workers from differing educational backgrounds, levels of experience, and geographic areas of the country.