Travel Advisor Certifications - Brownell Hosting

Travel Advisor Certifications

You have to pass the CPA Exam to become an accountant, the Bar Exam to become a lawyer, but what certification do you need to become a travel advisor? The short answer: none. There is no global examination or course that people must take to be travel advisors. However there are several travel advisor certification programs that make you stand out above any ol’ Joe Schmo who decides to become a travel advisor. Since 1964, The Travel Institute has offered all types of training for travel professionals. These programs set the foundation for a successful career and the continuing education ensure travel advisors stay up-to-date with the changes in the industry. Learn more about two travel advisor certification programs below:


What is a CTA?

A CTA is a Certified Travel Associate. To become a CTA, you must first have 18 months of travel industry experience before you have the option to complete a training program, and then pass an exam.

Why become a CTA?

Becoming a CTA is like earning a specialization in any career. It shows your dedication to your industry as well as your knowledge and experience. You don’t have to have a certification to be a travel advisor, which means someone could call himself or herself a travel advisor and lack major skills and experience. As a CTA, you stand out from the rest.


What is a CTC?

A CTA is a Certified Travel Counselor. To be a CTC, you must have five years of travel industry experience, be a CTA, and complete a course.

Why become a CTC?

The CTC program gives travel advisors the tools to take their career a step further as a travel manager. Participants learn the management skills necessary to be successful in an ever changing industry. Earning a CTC designation is one of the highest achievements in the industry.

How do I become a CTA or CTC?

You can enroll on The Travel Institute website to complete your CTA or CTC program; however Brownell offers our team a CTA study group every year. Participants in the Brownell study group have the benefit of a dedicated trainer, weekly webinars, and a community working towards a common goal. Our team sees to it that you complete the curriculum and pass the test so you can further your career as a luxury travel advisor.


  • Welcome to the Travel Life – an inside look at the travel industry, tips for success, interviews with advisors, and more!


The Travel Life

Get an inside look at the travel industry, tips for success, interviews with advisors, and more.


Freedom to sell with quick support

“The hosting program allows me freedom to do my work. I always receive an answer quickly on any of my numerous questions!”

Marion Harbison, Chattanooga, TN


“You ladies are simply AMAZING!! Every time I turn around you are doing something so special!!! What a talented group!!”

Catherine Whitworth, Athens, GA

We love the social media content & tips

“Social media is always a challenge for us, so we love the content & tips from Brownell’s marketing team!!!”

King & Whitson, Chattanooga, TN & Washington, VA

The best quality of "work-life!"

“For quality of work-life, there isn’t a better place to be than Brownell. I most value the culture of support, the detailed financial reports and the amazing hosting team.”

Martha King, Richmond, VA

The best support an IC could ask for. Bar NONE.

“Brownell Hosting offers the best support an IC could ask for. Bar NONE. They make me feel like there is no stupid question and help me feel like i’m actually working in the office instead of from my home. They actually listen to suggestions and implement changes.”

Louisa Gehring, Cincinnati, OH

I count my lucky stars that I work with Brownell

“There is no agency better than Brownell! Our Hosting Team is there to hold our hands through the good and the bad. What a huge support group we have! I count my lucky stars every day that I am fortunate to be working for Brownell. The hosting staff is such a comforting and hands on team. They are positive reinforcements of acknowledging when we excel and encourage us to grow our business by having the opportunities to travel and experience the wonderful hotels and resorts we sell worldwide.”

Caroline Wallace, Richmond, VA

Brownell is the best in the industry

“Brownell is the best in the industry. The staff, back end support, superlative processes and response times are tops.”

Jennifer Royster, Clemmons, NC

Business Support

“Thank you for your assistance in helping me attain my goal to increase booking volume. I am feeling very positive and optimistic thanks to you.”

Margaret Pratt, Memphis, TN

The support when I travel gives me great peace of mind

” Brownell Hosting offers support to IC’s that are traveling and need assistance with coverage. This gives me great peace of mind!”

Stephanie Miller Murphy, Mandeville, LA

Beyond Helpful

“Wow – seriously yall, this is amazing! We are all so lucky to have such a proactive and innovating hosting team. Thanks so much for continually evolving and assisting us to the best of your ability. Seriously, what yall think of and how organized you are is beyond helpful! Yall are awesome!”

Blaire Kochar, Houston, TX

Constant support, encouragement and super-fast response times

“The best things about the Brownell Hosting are the constant support, encouragement and super-fast response times. And, of course, the hosting team. LOVE.THEM.ALL!!! Brownell is so special and the support IC’s receive is unbelievable!! I feel so immensely blessed to be a part of the Brownell family!!!”

Martha King, Signal Mountain,TN