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The Certified Student Travel Professional (CSTP) designation adds an additional level of professionalism in the student and youth travel industry. It is also intended to raise the awareness of student travel as a unique business segment. When you complete the program, you will receive a designation which will allow you to be recognized throughout the student travel industry as a professional specialist. A CSTP designation will provide you with additional credibility amongst your peers and your clients. You will acquire specific knowledge of the student and youth travel industry as well as sharpen your business skills and increase basic knowledge. Training exercises will also give you the opportunity to spend time focusing on challenges and opportunities facing your organization.


Three “Fundamentals of Business” courses through IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis). Same program as ABA-CTIS. $229/course. 20% discount if register for all three at one time.

Two Required courses – choose from three
Customer Service – July 2 – August 15, 2018
Promoting Your Business – September 3 – October 31, 2018
Business Grammar and Writing – November 5 – December 15, 2018

One Elective course – Offered in the Sprint
Effective Advertising
Running a Business: Understanding the Numbers is Step # 1 
Personal Organization & Effectiveness
Igniting Your Effectiveness

Click Here to Register for IUPUI Courses
Questions Regarding IUPUI courses, contact Shohn Beeson, [email protected], 317-278-5901

Three Face-to-Face SYTA Events- SYTA Conferences and/or SYTA Summits
Minimum of 3 face-to-face education sessions at SYTA Conference or SYTA Summit. Sign-in required.

Six SYTA Educational webinars (SYTA University) 
Up to 3 previously recorded webinars can count towards the 6 required. At least 3 must be attended live. Must complete post webinar survey if viewed live or webinar attendance form if viewed online.

Three Industry Volunteer Actions
These may include volunteering at SYTA Annual Conference, SYTA Summit or serving on a SYTA Committee/Board for one year. Volunteer actions must be 3 different events or committees.

One Written Essay
Essay must be a minimum 500 words on any subject that helps the participant gain a better understanding of the student and youth travel industry and improves their general knowledge of the industry.

*CSTP Program Registration is $295 for SYTA Members and $585 for Non-Members

To learn more about the CSTP program or to enroll, please click here.

For any questions, please contact Lisa Berretta, Senior Manager Member Relations at [email protected] or 703-610-9034.


Congratulations to our 2018 CSTP Graduates

Cyd Antang-Plotkin
Associate Director, Travel Industry Sales
California Academy of Sciences
To read Cyd’s essay, click here

Melissa Ardales
Business Development
Group Travel Network, Inc.
To read Melissa’s essay, click here

Brian Carr
Vice President
Tour Services, Inc
To read Brian’s essay, click here

Heather Jones
Manager, Tour and Travel Sales
OUE Skyspace LA
To read Heather’s essay, click here

Victoria Jones
Office Manager
Metro Tours, Inc.
To read Vicki’s essay, click here

Colleen Palmertree
National Sales Manager
Memphis Tourism
To read Colleen’s essay, click here

Roxana Rivera
Director, Sales & Marketing
To read Roxana’s essay, click here

Lori Scott
Sales Account Executive
The International Spy Museum
To read Lori’s essay, click here

Mimi Vielhauer
Sales and Marketing
Express Transportation, Inc.
To read Mimi’s essay, click here

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