ASTA Verified Travel Advisor (VTA) Certification Program

ASTA Verified Travel AdvisorThe ASTA Verified Travel Advisor (VTA) certification program provides a higher level of verifiable professional knowledge to the advanced seller of travel. The ASTA Verified Travel Advisor program proves to all your proficiency and dedication to our industry. 
What is the VTA Designation? There are all kinds of industry certifications and designations in the travel industry; all of which are valuable and attest to hard work and determination. The ASTA Verified Travel Advisor certification lets the travel industry and the consumer know the advisor is one of unparalleled knowledge, professionalism, and ethical boundaries beyond reproach.

Download: ASTA Verified Travel Advisor Fact Sheet

VTA certification course requirements:

  1. 1. Advanced Public Speaking
  2. 2. Agency Relationships and the Law
  3. 3. Ethics for Travel Advisors
  4. 4. Legal Overview for the Travel Agency Industry
  5. 5. Marketing YOU! Promoting your Value
  6. 6. Project Management and Planning for the Travel Advisor
  7. 7. Real World Sales Tactics for the Experience Travel Advisor
  8. 8. The Art and Science of Negotiation
  9. 9. U.S. Travel Agency Regulatory Compliance 3rd Edition

Recertification requirements include either two additional courses or one course and participation in ASTA Operational Excellence through Benchmarking program.
VTA recertification takes place every two years after original enrollment.

Program benefits 

Achieve an exclusive level of trust and integrity 
Gain a competitive advantage and unique knowledge and expertise
Build a better business
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Who can enroll?

Any travel advisor that meets the membership criteria to join ASTA, anywhere in the world, can enroll in the Verified Travel Advisor program.  If a travel advisor is not a current member of ASTA, the Verified Travel Advisor registration fee includes a one-year membership in ASTA. While the coursework will be open to all, the Verified Travel Advisor designation requires membership in ASTA.

How much does it cost?

$399 ASTA Member 
$598 Non-Member Independent Travel Advisor 
   (includes ASTA membership for one year)
$729 Non-Member Travel Advisor 
   (includes ASTA agency membership for one year)

$179 for Verified Travel Advisor Recertification - Continuing Education (ASTA membership is required)

How long does it take?

You must complete the nine courses within 12 months of enrolling in the certification program.
For recertification you must complete two requirements within 12 months of enrollment.

The Ins and Outs of the course work

The VTA courses are housed on a separate website, which is an interactive online learning management system (LMS).

After completing the course requirements, you need to record your completion. To do that, first download each of your course certificate of completion from the LMS.

Then record your completion in your VTA portal by uploading each of your individual course certificate of completion. An ASTA certification staff check each requirement and approve. You work
 will appear as 'earned' after it is approved and credit is granted by association staff. Though you may take and record your course completion in any order you choice, the approval of the courses will be in the order they are listed in the portal  It is easy to do than to explain.  

View step-by step screen shots: Tips on Using the Online Certification Portal

Once all the necessary requirements required are complete and your progress has been approved, your certification is earned! 

An ASTA Verified Travel Advisor official certificate, lapel pin and congratulations package will be mail to you.

Verified Travel Advisor (VTA) Certification

The VTA program provides a higher level of verifiable professional knowledge to the advanced seller of travel. The ASTA VTA program proves to all your proficiency and dedication to our industry.  

VTA Continuing Education

Continuing education and maintaining your VTA indicates your dedication to yourself and your customers. The VTA maintenance program will open in the spring of 2019.