When selecting your personal travel consultant, it is important to know about their professional qualifications and background. We are proud to list Judy Bongiorno’s extensive travel training and association memberships below.
Certified Travel Associate (CTA) – An advanced travel agent educational program that guarantees a high level of professionalism in the field and represents the first step in a two level certification course. Achieved in 2001.
Certified Travel Counselor (CTC) – This certification has represented the pinnacle of travel industry professionalism for nearly fifty years and is for seasoned travel professionals who are interested in advancing their career. Achieved in 2002.
CLIA’s professional Certifications levels are tiered progressively. An agent must meet the stringent requirements and attain primary levels of Certification to be eligible for higher Certifications. Each ascending level of Certification reflects greater expertise and demonstrated proficiency in the cruise industry and customer service.
Accredited Cruise Counsellor (ACC) – Similar to a Bachelors Degree in cruising. This is a study program that requires passing relevant CLIA courses, sailing on a variety of ships for practical experience, and doing a number of ship inspections to gain familiarity with what the cruise lines are offering their passengers. Awarded in 1994.
Master Cruise Counsellor (MCC) – Similar to a Masters Degree in cruising. This program is a continuing and more in-depth study, including more required cruises of differing lengths, extensive course work with exams, and additional ship inspections. A diploma is awarded for completion. Awarded in 1994.
Spain Destination Specialist (DS) – Awarded after completing an in-depth study of Spain covering all areas of the country and its geography, history and unique cultural sights. After finishing the comprehensive learning materials, a timed, proctored exam is administered and must be passed to earn the Spain Destination Specialist designation. A Spain Specialist since 2001.
Certified Aussie Specialist – A detailed study program of Australian culture, geography, unique sights, animal life, activities, dining, wines, and all things Aussie. The information is continuously updated and Aussie Specialists must keep current through on-going education and frequent trips to Australia. An Aussie Specialist since 1993.
Certified Kiwi Specialist (New Zealand) – An in-depth educational study of the origin of New Zealand, its history, present day development, places to stay and things to do. The material is regularly updated and Kiwi Specialists are tested annually on their knowledge. Frequent on-site educational trips to New Zealand are required. A Kiwi Specialist since 1997.
National Association of Career Travel Agents (NACTA), www.nacta.com
A professional travel agent association providing educational benefits and training for career travel agents.
International Air Transport Association (IATAN) – A professional travel organization that offers membership only to travel agents who fulfill the educational and financial qualifications to be admitted. A member since 2005.
Switzerland Travel Specialist
A comprehensive, in-depth study course, created by Switzerland’s Department of Tourism, with a required exam that had to be passed before continuing with on-site educational programs in Switzerland. A Switzerland Specialist since 1996.
Vacation.com – The largest travel agency marketing consortium in North America. By partnering with the best travel suppliers, Vacation com allows its member agencies to offer better vacation choices and prices to their clients. Member since 2002.
BarringtonChamber.com – Building Great Businesses for the Barrington Region: Through the commitment and involvement of its over 900 Members, the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce by facilitating collaboration among the unique communities since 1969, is an organization of businesses committed to advocating and supporting a vibrant economy for the Barrington region. Member since 2002 – Our local chamber of commerce, which represents the area businesses to residents and offers insight into the community for those unfamiliar with this Chicago suburb.