Illinois Travel Agent Training Programs, Schools and Careers

Career Information for Travel Agents in Illinois

As a travel agent, you sell lodging, entertainment packages, and transportation to corporations, and individual travelers. You can help plan entire trips, honeymoons, or even executives traveling for business. Travel agents may specialize solely in corporate travel, or you may work for a leisure travel agency. You may also work for a particular hotel chain or cruise line, and offer packages for that company only.

Illinois Travel Agent Schools

To work as a travel agent in Illinois, most companies will want to see travel-specific training. This can include an education, on-the-job experience, and proper licensing. There are travel agent schools in the state that can prepare you for this highly competitive industry. Some schools to consider include:

  • College of DuPage: Located in Glen Ellyn, this larger college offers a one-year sales program as well as a one-year tourism and travel marketing program.
  • Northwestern College: Located in Chicago, this small for-profit college features a two-year program that includes an associate degree.
  • Triton College: Located in River Grove, you can receive a two-year associate degree in sales.
  • Pyramid Career Institute: Located in Chicago, this for-profit private school offers a one-year program in tourism and travel services.
  • Harper College: Located in Palatine, this program has a less than one-year program as well as an associate degree in sales.
  • Penn Foster: This online program allows you to work at your own pace and offers a tourism and travel specialist training program.

What to Expect from Illinois Travel Agent Programs

Travel agent schools in Illinois focus on the art of sales, marketing, and tourism. After all, you are working as a sales professional. Some skills and courses you may take include:

  • Sales and Marketing
  • Travel Software and Booking Programs
  • Travel Planning
  • Travel Regulations
  • Travel Safety
  • International Travel
  • Tourism

A vast majority of your training may include hands-on experiences or working in a travel agency.

Illinois Travel Agent Certification and License

To demonstrate your capabilities as a travel agent, you should first complete training at travel agent schools in Illinois. Then, you can take the Travel Agent Proficiency (TAP) test. The Travel Institute offers this test. The Travel Institute has varying levels of certifications, all dependent on your training. This includes:

  • Certified Travel Associate (CTA) - Limited experience required.
  • Certified Travel Counselor (CTC) - Five or more years of experience required, plus you must pass an examination.

If you plan to offer international travel and tourism, then you may need the International Air Transport Association's Travel and Tourism Professional (TTP) designation. For cruise line booking and services, you may be required to obtain a certification from the Cruise Line International Association. This association also has three levels of certification, which include:

  • Accredited
  • Master
  • Elite Cruise Counselor

There are no state licensing requirements for the state of Illinois.

Resources for Travel Agents in Illinois


  • Travel Agents, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2016-17, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/sales/travel-agents.htm, accessed September 17, 2016
  • Becoming a Travel Agent, American Society of Travel Agents, https://www.asta.org/Education/content.cfm?ItemNumber=1681&&navItemNumber=11327, accessed September 17, 2016
  • Travel Agents, O-Net OnLine, http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/41-3041.00, accessed September 17, 2016

Schools for Travel Agents in Illinois are listed below.

Selected Travel Agent Schools in Illinois

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More Illinois Travel Agent Schools

School Name Campus Highest Award Enrolled
College of DuPage Glen Ellyn Associate 25,768
Illinois Central College East Peoria Associate 11,804
John A Logan College Carterville Associate 7,559
Lincoln College Lincoln Bachelor 1,266
MacCormac College Chicago Associate 171
Moraine Valley Community College Palos Hills Associate 15,859
Waubonsee Community College Sugar Grove Associate 8,731

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Travel Agents

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Illinois. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.

Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:
Travel Agents

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Travel Agents relative to the population of the city, as of 2008. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A Relative Popularity of 1.0 means that the city has an average number of the particular job, for its population, compared to the rest of the US. Higher numbers mean proportionally more jobs of that type.

Metro Area Jobs Salary


Carbondale 0 $35340 0
Marion 0 $35340 0
Peoria 70 $30890 0.81
Rockford 40 $28540 0.5
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