Fast-Track Travel and Tourism Programs in Toronto

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Fast-Track Travel and Tourism Programs in Toronto Photo by Natalie Carrigan

Travel and tourism is one of the industries that offer maximum career opportunities at all levels of management and operations. And the best part is that you don’t need to undergo specialized education for years to seek an entry to the world of work. A one-year course in tourism and travel also offers you the knowledge and skills required to work in this sector.

In fact, Centennial College offers a two-year diploma in tourism and travel in just one year. Although there are a number of colleges in Toronto that offer short tourism and travel courses but Centennial’s is an intensive and comprehensive program that offers you the proficiency that both Canadian and global employers are seeking currently.

The program runs through three semesters, providing you with in-depth knowledge in world geography, hospitality accounting, wholesale tour operations, ground transportation, accommodation, airline automation, travel agency operations, customer service, and domestic and international tariff and ticketing.

How Is Centennial’s Tourism and Travel Program Different from Others?

  • Centennial’s is a fast-track program, offering essential industry insight, industry certifications and qualifications, and a placement at an established company to help you gain real-world experience.
  • It also offers extensive world destination knowledge, including culture and heritage, passport and visa requirements, customer sales and security, travel security, and training.
  • Not all travel and tourism programs in Toronto that are available with other colleges in Toronto are recognized. However, Centennial’s is accredited by UNTWO TedQual. Moreover, it’s endorsed by the Canadian Institute of Travel Counsellors (CITC). This ensures that the program meets required standards when it comes to curriculum, hands-on learning and experience of faculty members delivering this program.
  • The best part is that you also receive Apollo and Sabre computerized airline reservation system training, which prepares you for employment even before you’re a graduate.
  • The program also includes a two-and-a-half-day cruise line training conducted by CLIA (Cruise Line International Association) trainers.
  • An industry field placement in last semester allows you to put your learning into practice, gain hands-on experience and earn relevant industry contacts for future references.

Eligibility Criteria

In order to apply to this program, you will need:

  • Secondary school diploma certificate or equivalent
  • English Grade 12 C or University, or equivalent

However, meeting these requirements doesn’t guarantee you an admission in this program. Admission offer is made only after a thorough analysis of your application.

Options upon Graduation

Upon graduation, you may choose to pursue your career and work with retail travel agencies, wholesale tour operators, internet booking offices, cruise lines, airlines or tourist offices. This program prepares you only for entry-level jobs. If you wish to avail more advanced career opportunities, you will need to enrol in a travel and tourism degree program. You can opt for further studies right after graduating from this one-year program or after obtaining substantial work experience, depending upon your requirements.

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