The Travel Institute has introduced a newly revised, online version of their Certified Travel Industry Executive (CTIE) program. The Travel Institute has updated the program with all new course material in response to the evolution of the industry and the expansion of roles that didn’t fit the traditional scope of traditional travel counselor certification; suppliers, host agency executives, marketers, consortia leaders, internet travel executives, back office accountants, IT support staff and other non-sales related positions, to name a few.
Executive-candidates will no longer be required to fulfill education requirements traditionally reserved for front-line sales professionals, nor will they be required to test-out of the CTA designation. This will help save time and money for those seeking to earn an appropriate professional certification.
The CTIE program is now offered online using courses found in The Travel Institute’s Communiversity library and consists of 5 core competencies: Communication, Leadership, Management, Sales and Marketing, and Customer Service. All of the material is college-level and most courses are a minimum study of three hours.
CTIE candidates will also receive a complimentary premium membership while pursuing their studies. They can attend live or previously recorded expert webinars, enjoy a 10% savings in The Travel Institute bookstore, have access to new features within Communiversity such as networking, industry white papers, blogs, podcasts and much more.
CTIE applicants must meet the following criteria:
• Possess at least 5 years of full-time industry, management, or business experience.
• Complete a 2000-3000 word white paper.
• Commit to annual certification maintenance to retain certification.
• Commit to annual membership after earning their CTIE.
There is one final proctored test consisting of 10 essay questions focusing on core competencies and others measuring knowledge gained from the other courses and personal experience.
Travel professionals interested in enrolling in the new CTIE program can do so for only $495 with the option of a 12-month interest-free payment plan. Travel Institute members save an additional 10%. Every CTIE enrollee will also receive FREE 18-month access to a library of technical/computer courses (content from these courses are not included on the final test).
Travel Institute, 800-542-4282, www.thetravelinstitute.com