Travel and Tourism Specialist

Career Diploma 14-18 mo

Travel agent training

If you're adventurous, organized, and love to travel, our Travel and Tourism Specialist Career Diploma can help you prepare to take the first steps toward an exciting new career path. With flexible, online classes, you'll learn how to become a successful travel agent on your schedule, from home. 

  • Can prepare students for entry-level jobs as travel agents 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.
  • Online travel agent training covers essential topics such as 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.
  • As part of the program, students will sit for the Travel Agent Proficiency (TAP) certification exam developed by the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) and The Travel Institute. 
  • Graduates receive a voucher to enroll in the Destination Specialist course at The Travel Institute to further their training. This course allows you to explore an area of personal interest and helps you prepare for travel additional agent certification by completing the Destination Specialist certification exam. 
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What You Will Learn

  1. How to apply knowledge of travel costs including fees, taxes, discounts and other factors to calculate cost of travel accommodations for clients.
  2. How to prepare or request transportation carrier tickets, and book transportation and hotel reservations, using a computer reservation system.
  3. How to use Computerized Reservation Systems (CRS) to plan trips for clients.
  4. How to compare accommodations, tickets, itineraries and travel packages to determine which will better suit clients.
Full Program Goal & Outcomes

Career Outcomes

Travel Agent





Our online Travel and Tourism Specialist Career Diploma Program is designed to prepare students to begin an entry-level career as a travel agent in a variety of settings including travel agencies, tour companies, airlines, and more. You'll also prepare to sit for the nationally recognized Travel Agent Proficiency (TAP) certification exam.

State Licensing Requirements

Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in certain fields are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered by your Penn Foster Program. You should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where you plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in your Program. Please click here for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.

Penn Foster College is not approved or regulated as a school by the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

Travel & Tourism Training Success Stories

Penn Foster’s Travel and Tourism Training can help prepare you for the first step in your travel agent career. This program has helped recent graduates find new jobs or start their own businesses while learning at their own pace. Learn more about Penn Foster graduates' experiences and how Penn Foster worked for them. 
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Demetria P.

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“It was an awesome program, and the flexibility is something that is needed in today’s fast-moving world.”

Travel Agent Training Curriculum

  • 12 courses
  • 25 exams
  • 45.7 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

In your online travel agent training classes, you'll cover essential topics that can help you prepare for an entry-level job in the field and earn TAP certification. Your courses include:

  • North American Air Travel 
  • Tours and Vacation Packages
  • CRS Training: Apollo® or Sabre®
  • TAP Certification Examination

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Travel Agent Training Tuition

Take the first steps toward a new career with our online Travel and Tourism Specialist Career Diploma Program. Simply choose from one of our low-cost customized payment plans below and get started today!  

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Our Proven Travel and Tourism Learning Model

Empowering students to reach their professional goals


  • Start anytime
  • No exam due dates
  • Self-paced


  • Digital study guides
  • Self-check quizzes
  • Simulations and videos


  • 24/7 access to online resources
  • Online Student Community
  • Student Portal Help Center


  • Expert faculty
  • Robust learning resources
  • Dedicated Student Services

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Travel and Tourism Training FAQs

What is a travel and tourism specialist?

A travel and tourism specialist, or travel agent, works directly with clients to determine what they’re looking for in their experience, figure out their travel preferences, and where they can go on their budget. You’ll also provide information on different travel options and tour packages, as well as giving advice on different local customs should they be traveling outside of the country. To become a travel agent, you'll learn how to navigate reservation software, learn more about various travel packages, and how to work with clients to plan their best vacation. 

What is the current outlook for the travel and tourism industry?

While many travelers can use the internet to research and book trips, there are often many confusing aspects that a skilled travel agent can assist them with. Additionally, travel agents have access to package discounts, as well as experience and advice they can offer to clients, making them essential to planning a great vacation. 

What is the average salary for a travel and tourism specialist?

According to national averages from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for a travel agent was $42,350 in 2020.* Salary can vary based on your experience, the company you work for, and even the state in which you live. 

Are travel agencies still relevant today?

Yes! While some travelers do prefer to schedule their own trips online, the advice and recommendations a skilled travel agent can offer can be invaluable to inexperienced travelers or those looking to book extensive trips. Besides being familiar with industry-standard reservation software that can make booking a flight or hotel a much easier process, travel agents have insight into the best hotels, packages that can save clients money, and more.


The completion of a certificate-level program does not typically qualify a student for employment. Completion of this program may assist students who have previous academic or work-related experience improve their chances for promotion or entry-level employment.


 *Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. "Travel Agents." Occupational Outlook Handbook. Accessed June 15, 2021.

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.