Travel Agent course online curriculum
Our Travel Agent course online curriculum covers national and worldwide air travel, cruises, lodging and accommodations, corporate travel, passports, and more. Your journey begins with key fundamentals and advances to hands-on training that can launch your lifelong adventure organizing dream vacations, business trips, and your own exciting career.
Lesson Group 1 – Orientation: Ashworth College Career Program
Lesson: Learning at Ashworth
Lesson: Concepts in Business and Self-Employment
The goals and values of Ashworth College; time management; creating a realistic weekly and monthly study schedule; the nature and purpose of assessments; how to study effectively to prepare for and take an online examination; developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century.
Evaluating your business idea; setting yourself apart from the competition; market testing; investment funding and donation funding; qualities of an entrepreneur; crowdfunding and angel investors.
Lesson Group 2 – Travel Geography
Lesson: Geography Basics
Lesson: Destination Geography
Locating world regions on a map: North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia Pacific, Oceania, and Africa; the primary countries in the world regions; the major cities in the world regions and their attractions.
Lesson: North American Aviation and Airports
How technological advances, including the Internet, have revolutionized the travel industry; the geographic needs of the travel, tourism, and hospitality industry; using map skills to find a destination; converting time on the 24-hour clock to the a.m./p.m. system; calculating the time difference between two points; differentiating between weather and climate and identify the distinguishing features of weather.
Lesson: International Travel
Factors affecting domestic airline fares and tickets; airline ticket distribution and airline reservations systems; airport design; the hub-and-spoke system; major aircraft in use today; security measures from preflight through landing; airport and airline management; airline, airport, and booking codes of the major North American carriers and cities.
The documentation needed for international travel; the purpose and procedures of U.S. Customs; online resources for international travelers; currency exchange and advice for travelers who must exchange currency; international reservations, ticketing, and boarding.
The Travel Agent program provides students with the knowledge and skills required for entry-level work as a travel agent. Topics include geography; aviation and airports; the types of travel, including international travel and world tours, cruising, and rail and road travel; the hospitality industry; meetings and marketing; professionalism; and an introduction to the Global Distribution System.
Students will have the opportunity to take the Travel Agent Proficiency Test administered by The Travel Institute. If they pass the test, they will receive the TAP Certificate of Proficiency.
After completing the Travel Agent program, students will be able to:
Describe the personal and professional skills of successful travel agents, outline typical daily responsibilities, and explain the types of employment opportunities available to individuals in this field.
Encode and decode standard airline abbreviations for cities and airports.
Describe how to plan U.S. air travel itineraries based on a variety of trip routes, and price itineraries via the Global Destination System (GDS).
Explain how to read and interpret flight availability and fare information from the GDS and use this information to build Passenger Name Records (PNRs).
Describe the main categories of travel, including railroad travel, rental car travel, cruises, and lodging, and explain how to interpret vendor information for clients and book travel arrangements that meet the needs and budgets of different clients.
Explain how to evaluate the quality and value of different types of travel tours and use this information to make recommendations that meet the needs and desires of clients.
Describe the difference between domestic and international travel and explain how to prepare clients for successful travel abroad.
The tools to grow your career
The Ashworth College Travel Agent course online curriculum is designed to help launch a career in a fun and rewarding field. To help you find the perfect place to apply your skills, we offer exclusive Career Tools to give you access to career advice, job search assistance, and a network of employers. You can access it all while you are a student and after you graduate.