Programs & Courses

Travel Counsellor

About This Program

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If you are unable to attend college full-time due to other commitments, our Travel Counsellor program is the perfect choice for you. You will have the option to work on the required courses online at a time that is convenient for you through self-study, but still have ongoing support from course instructors. With enough structure to keep you motivated, and enough freedom to keep a job or manage a family, this program provides excellent balance. The only program of its kind in Canada, our Travel Counsellor program also provides you with a four-week career experience as part of your studies.

In addition to being a flexible option, our Travel Counsellor program is also a great option for those who love to travel. Find a job that provides you travel experiences while you are at work, or set your sights on a career that offers you access to the best vacation opportunities. You will have the opportunity to help others realize their own travel dreams, while also accessing wonderful opportunities for travel around the world.

This certificate program is endorsed by the Canadian Institute of Travel Counsellors (CITC). If you wish to advance your training further, our Travel Counsellor certificate will qualify you to write the entry-level national certification exam. This national exam is the first step toward becoming a CTC (Certified Travel Counsellor), the national industry designation.

As a graduate of this program, you will find career opportunities in retail travel agencies, airlines, tour companies, tourism information centres and more. Choose a career path that suits your lifestyle!

High School

  • ELA 30-1, ELA 30-2 or equivalent
  • Math 10C
  • High school diploma preferred

Mature Student

  • ELA 30-1, ELA 30-2 or equivalent
  • Math 10C
  • High school diploma preferred

TRAV 101 Introduction to Global Distribution Systems (GDS)
TRAV 102 Advanced Global Distribution Systems (GDS)
TRAV 103 Destination Geography I

TRAV 105 Destination Geography II
TRAV 112 Travel Industry Products
TRAV 115 Independent and Group Travel
TRAV 118 Communications for Business
TRAV 129 The Airline Industry

TRAV 184 Career Experience
TRAV 191 The Cruise Line Industry

Medicine Hat College is a member of the eCampusAlberta Consortium and offers the Travel Counsellor program through eCampusAlberta.

You must first follow Medicine Hat College application procedures to obtain a student number. Once you have been accepted to the program and obtained a student number, you need to contact the Academic Resource Centre to confirm the order of classes needed. You then, need to register for the course(s) with eCampusAlberta. Upon completion of registration with eCampusAlberta you will receive an email to confirm your registration.

What is Distributed Learning?

This option provides you with a balance of structure and freedom - enough structure to keep motivated and excited about the program and enough freedom to keep a job or manage a family. You will have the option to work on the travel courses at whatever time of day you choose through a self-study program, with the support of an instructor who has extensive industry career experience and knowledge. It is recommended that students have a computer equipped with Microsoft Windows 2000 operating system or newer, and Microsoft Office Suite 2000 or newer, and that you pursue knowledge of Microsoft computer applications.

The Travel Counsellor Certificate program has four intake dates per year. They are the September 1, November 1, January 1 and March 1. You may choose to start at any one of those dates. You have up to four months to complete each course and a maximum of three years to complete the entire program.

Computer Reservation Experience

Computer reservation knowledge is key to a successful career in the travel and tourism industry. The Travel Counsellor Certificate Program utilizes the VIASINC link via the internet to provide practical interactive lessons, reviews and tests for the Global Distribution Systems (GDS) courses.

Career Experience

In addition to the curriculum, you will graduate with invaluable work-related experience. The equivalent of four-weeks full-time practical experience at a career-related company of your choice is required. You have four months to complete 140 hours of work experience. Placement and expenses are your responsibility. A career experience evaluation is completed by the employer and you complete a comprehensive report.

Graduation Requirements

  • Completion of nine (9) specific Travel Counsellor Certificate courses
  • Completion of four weeks of career experience (or equivalent time)
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 1.7
  • Minimum of C- or higher in all courses

International Exchange Opportunities

You can explore short-term education abroad opportunities in countries such as Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Ecuador. Visit the International Mobility Program section to find out more.

Scholarship Info

Medicine Hat College distributes over $300,000 in scholarships and bursaries each year. Applying online is easy!

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Funding Your Education

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