Endorsements from recognized and respected organizations associated with the field for which a post-secondary program prepares students are vital. They signal to employers a high standard of learning and often allow students special privileges once they graduate.
Centennial College’s Tourism and Travel offering is one of the travel and tourism programs in Ontario that is endorsed by the Canadian Institute of Travel Counsellors (CITC). As such, the CITC knowledge exam and Travel Industry Council of Ontario minimum standards exam are included as part of the program. CITC student membership and attendance at the annual Students in Travel conference are also available to students.
That, however, is just the beginning of the benefits students enjoy by attending this offering. From the campus to the Tourism and Travel courses and faculty members, students receive a well-rounded education that prepares them for work either retail or wholesale travel companies such as: tour operations, retail travel agencies, Internet booking agencies, tourist offices, cruise lines and airlines. Among the organizations at which Centennial College grads have been hired are Marlin Travel, Sears Travel, Thomas Cook Group, Carlson Wagonlit, Air Transat/Nolitours, Goway, Sunwing, Travel Corporation and Kensington Tours.
How does the campus benefit students of this offering? As home to all of the programs within School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culture, it contains facilities that boast the latest software students will work with in the field. For students of this offering that means Apollo and Sabre computerized airline reservation system training. Additionally, the housing of all Hospitality, Tourism and Culture programs at this one location ensures that students have plenty of networking opportunities with peers as well as industry professionals. Networking (and an enhanced experience) is furthered even more through an optional international field trip that provides practical exposure to all aspects of travel as well as volunteer opportunities at major events in and around Toronto (such as the Walk of Fame, Rendezvous Canada and a range of trade shows).
In terms of particular courses, this offering rivals any travel and tourism degree program as they offer students in-depth knowledge of airline tariffs and ticketing, accommodation and ground transportation and the cruise industry. Students also have extensive world destination knowledge, including culture and heritage training, passport and visa requirements, travel security, customer sales and service, and much more. Specific courses within this undertaking include: Wholesale Tour Operations, Destinations (Western Hemisphere/ Europe and Africa/Asia and the Pacific), Travel Agency Operations, Sales and Marketing for the Travel Agency, and many others.
It is worth noting that cruise line training includes the Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) two and a half-day training fest conducted by CLIA-Trainers.
To apply for this offering, students are required to have completed an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older) as well as English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission.