Programs & Courses

Travel Counsellor


Discover an exciting career in travel and explore the world with our Travel Counsellor program. This certificate program provides a flexible learning option known as distributed learning, a great alternative for those who want to pursue a college education, but have work and family commitments to consider. Study travel counselling at your own pace, and from home!

About this Program

Please note admissions to this program is currently suspended. 

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 Association of Canadian Travel Agencies (ACTA). 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.

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
Please see the program calendar or an academic advisor for an up-to-date set of courses related to Travel Counsellor.
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!

What is your education going to cost?

Our TUITION and FEES page provides a total cost estimate for your program including books and supplies and related expenses.

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There are lots of options like student loans, scholarships, bursaries and emergency funding available.
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Many programs offered at Medicine Hat College qualify for transfer credits to other institutions. In some cases, you must transfer to another institution to complete your program and gain your credential.

The ACADEMIC CALENDAR has official information on transfer options for each program.
Please consult the calendar or meet with an academic advisor for more information.

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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 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.
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.