Academic Catalogs

Travel Specialist, Certificate of Achievement

Financial Aid Eligible
Banner Code: 1_CT_TRAV
Control Number: 17711

These courses have been recommended by industry to provide essential preparation to sell, operate, supervise and manage within a travel agency or as an independent contractor of travel or home based agent. Courses have been organized to provide an understanding of techniques and knowledge necessary to develop effective leadership, decision-making skills, and successful communication among all departments contributing to positive, guest sales, and travel experiences.

Program Outcome

  1. The outcome of this certificate of achievement is to prepare students for employment with a retail or home-based agency, independent contractor, tour operator, cruise line, adventure company, receptive operator, or tourism/convention bureau.

Certificate Requirements

Orange Coast College offers two types of certificate awards in career programs designed to prepare the graduate to enter a particular field of employment. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the certificate must be completed at OCC.

  1. Certificate of Achievement - 8 units or more in a state-approved program.  Certificates of Achievement are not automatically awarded. A petition must be filed in Enrollment Services or online at the beginning of the semester in which the student will be completing his or her final requirements.  The petitioning periods are listed in the Graduation Requirements section of this catalog. 
  2. Certificate of Specialization - 16 units or less in a locally approved program.  Certificates of Specialization are not automatically awarded, not printed on official academic transcripts, and there is no acknowledgment of completion given at graduation.  Please contact the division for details regarding the submission of petitions as procedures for each division vary.  Most division offices prefer that students complete all of the required courses and then provide a copy of the transcript while some divisions allow petitions for Certificates of Specialization before finishing.

Minimum Grade Requirement
In order to be awarded a certificate, students are required to obtain a grade of “C” or better in all program-required courses. Grades of “CR” or “P” will be accepted whereas “CR” or “P” meets the equivalency of a “C” or better. A list of certificate programs can be found in the Programs A-Z section of this catalog. Check with a counselor to determine the requirements for completion.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallUnits
HTT A127 Destination Eastern Europe 3
HTT A130 Cultural Tourism 3
HTT A150 Travel and Tourism Career Development 3
HTT A156 Cruising and Vacation Packages 3
 Units12
Spring
HTT A128 Destination Africa/Pacific 3
HTT A131 Computer Reservation Systems - SABRE 3
HTT A135 Homeland Security 3
HTT A185 Interviewing and Professional Development 3
 Units12
Year 2
Fall
HTT A105 Passport to Success 3
HTT A138 Sharing the Travel Experience 3
HTT A240 Hospitality and Toursim Marketing 3
HTT A284 Leadership and Strategic Management 3
HTT A299 Certified Travel Associate 3
 Units15
Spring
HTT A125 Destination the Americas 3
HTT A157 Tour Escorting and Group Travel 3
HTT A158 Luxury, Incentive, and Corporate Travel 3
HTT A225 Travel and Tourism Internship 4
 Units13
 Total Units52

Travel Specialist Suggested Electives

Course Title Units
HTT A199Current Issues in Hospitality, Travel and Tourism0.5-1.5