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Planning Your Classes

First Semester

TRAVL-72 – Introduction to Travel (3 units)
Recommended for all new travel students.  This course will provide a survey of basic travel terms and concepts, including:  an overview of the travel industry, geography, international travel, air travel, ground transportation, accommodations, cruises and tours.  Offered every semester.

TRAVL-76 – Travel Sales and Marketing (3 units)
May be taken concurrently with, or following, TRAVL-72.  This will cover basic sales skills as they apply to the travel industry, and you will be able to practice those skills using real-life travel scenarios.  Usually offered every semester (may be some exceptions)..

TRAVL-82 – All About Cruising (3 units)
May be taken concurrently with TRAVL-72.  This comprehensive course will cover most cruise lines as well as some individual ships.  It will also review various cruise destinations and ports.  It will emphasize how to qualify clients in order to match their needs to a particular cruise.  Offered once a year, usually in the fall.

Second Semester

TRAVL-77 – Customized Vacation Planning (2 units)
TRAVL-72 recommended, or may be taken concurrently, if you have experience in the travel industry.  You’ll apply what you have learned as you plan individual, custom trips based on client scenarios.  You’ll research transportation, accommodations, and tourist activities, then put together polished itineraries and present them to your travelers.  Offered once a year, usually in the spring.

TRAVL-95 – Advanced Travel Concepts (3 units)
TRAVL-72 recommended, or may be taken concurrently, if you have experience in the travel industry.  This course will take you further into practical application of basic skills.  You’ll learn how to use the Internet to do in-depth research, and you’ll explore various options for booking travel.  We’ll talk about how to partner with suppliers and how to promote yourself and your business.  You will choose a topic of personal interest for your course project.  Guest participants from the industry will be available for questions during selected weeks.  TRAVL-95 is recommended as an elective for the Home-Based certificate.  Offered once a year, usually in the spring.

Destination Classes

Destination classes may be taken anytime. They may be used to fulfill the destination specialist requirements, and/or they may be taken as elective courses. Several destination classes are offered on a rotating basis.

  • TRAVL-72 -- North America (3 units) – usually offered in fall
  • TRAVL-75 -- Western Europe (3 units) – usually offered in spring
  • TRAVL-83 -- Hawaii (1.5 units) -- rotating
  • TRAVL-84 -- Caribbean (1.5 units) -- rotating
  • TRAVL-85 -- South Pacific (1.5 units) -- rotating
  • TRAVL-87 -- Mexico (1.5 units) -- rotating
  • TRAVL-96 -- Alaska (1.5 units) -- rotating

Other Elective Classes

Home-Based Travel Specialist Courses

These two courses cover various aspects of setting up a Home-Based travel business.  These courses are considered elective courses for all certificates except the Home-Based Travel Specialist certificate.  These two courses are typically offered in the same semester (usually once a year in the fall), but there may be some exceptions.

  • TRAVL-130 -- Home-Based Travel: Launching Your Business (1 unit)
  • TRAVL-131 -- Home-Based Travel: Success Factors (2 units)

TRAVL-114 -- Group Travel Management (1.5 units)
This course will introduce you to the ins and outs of group travel. Prospecting, promoting, planning and pricing groups, as well as group escorting, will be discussed and researched in this course.   Offered on a rotating basis, usually once a year.

“900” Series Courses
These courses are occasionally offered on an “experimental” basis.  These courses may be taken as electives any time during the program.  They may be offered once, twice, and if popular, they may be converted to permanent courses.