I am thinking of becoming a travel agent – what qualification do I need to run/manage my own travel agency?
To open and manage your own accredited travel agency it is a requirement that at least 20% of your staff must hold a Certificate III in Travel or have at least 2 years’ experience in a travel selling position. As most ‘start up’ travel agencies are small businesses (1 – 2 staff) it is highly recommended that YOU (the manager/owner) hold this accredited travel qualification. Like all businesses, it is crucial for management to have sufficient skills and solid underpinning knowledge to make the business a success. The Certificate 3 in Travel equips you with essential training in Australian and international destinations, international airfares and ticketing, vital computer reservation systems and basic business administration – all of which is valuable groundwork in setting up and operating your own travel agency.
Why should I enrol in the Certificate III in Travel instead of the Certificate IV or Diploma of Travel & Tourism?
If you are looking to start a career in travel or tourism, a formal training qualification is the best head-start to your career. The Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) recommends and endorses the Certificate III in Travel as the entry level qualification required for any travel agent consultant or front line travel selling staff.
The Cert 3 in Travel covers the all the necessary practical skills and knowledge required to become a travel agent. Upon completion of this travel course, you can commence working as a domestic as well as an international travel consultant.
The Certificate IV and Diploma of tourism courses then take that learning a step further with additional business/financial management units, gearing you towards supervisory and management positions respectively. Should you decide to further your studies after completing the Cert III in Travel, you will be awarded full credits for the units of studies you have successfully completed.
Can I just do the Fares and Ticketing or Computerised Reservations System units on their own?
Yes, you most certainly can! We currently run short travel courses on just the Fares and Ticketing or the Computerised Reservations System units at selected times throughout the year. Please contact one of our friendly consultants for more details.
Which computer reservations system do you teach?
We currently teach SABRE as the computer reservations system unit in our travel and tourism course. This has been carefully selected after extensive consultation with industry experts who recommended it as their preferred Global Distribution System (GDS).
Once I have enrolled in the Cert III in Travel course, what kind of training delivery can I expect? How much homework will I have to worry about?
All training and assessment within our full-time and part-time travel and tourism course is completed face-to-face within the classroom. Scheduled classes are mandatory as they contain vital learning and built-in assessments tasks.
In addition to the scheduled training sessions, you will also be required to spend approximately 5 hours per week throughout the travel course to complete any assigned homework tasks.
I get really anxious when it comes to tests and assessments – does the travel & tourism course include scary exams?
Our travel consultant course is highly practical and hands-on. Each unit includes a range of relevant and interesting practical assessments that are engagingly designed as written Q&A’s, role plays and short presentations. Your trainer will assist and support you whilst you complete these tasks. So, no there are no scary or stressful exams to be worried about!
Am I eligible to enrol in government funded travel and tourism courses?
Our SIT30216 Certificate III in Travel is approved for government subsidised training, so you may only have to pay a small portion of the course fee (whilst the government subsidises the rest). Working out if you are eligible to access this subsidised travel agent course can be a little confusing, so let one of our friendly consultants clarify this with you over the phone – it will only take a minute!
Why don’t you offer the travel course online and/or via distance?
Suzan Johnston is committed to producing quality trained, confident professionals who are respected by industry and highly employable.
It is our belief that the best learning outcomes for all travel and tourism course learners can only be achieved when training/assessment is conducted within a supportive face-to-face classroom environment.
At Suzan Johnston we have chosen not to deliver our travel courses online, ensuring that all learning is delivered face-to-face within a relaxed, supportive and highly practical learning environment. Our small class sizes ensure that trainers can work closely with each student, offering personalised help, support and encouragement.
Does the travel and tourism course include Practical Placement? Will I have to find my own?
What better way to get a feel for becoming a travel agent than to actually have the chance to practice as one? Our travel courses offer you the opportunity to participate in one week of supervised practical placement. Your travel trainer will give you personalised assistance and support in finding a suitable and interesting industry placement host for you.
Are there any additional costs within the tourism courses – will I need to buy textbooks?
Whilst studying our Certificate 3 in Travel you will need to purchase a few text books. All required texts can be purchased directly from Suzan Johnston Australia and will be available to you when you commence the course. The total cost for these materials is $412.00. Please see the course enrolment form for more details.