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Requirements &
Annual Renewal

Certification Requirements

Every certification program requires successful completion of a core curriculum.
The following recaps the requirements to earn and maintain the CTA designation. 

Become Certified

• Complete required pre-class reading
(approx. 200 pages) and exercises

• Attend a web or in-person,
interactive session

• Complete open-book


Renew Annually

• Complete annual renewal of certification, 50 points per year

⇒10 points, Visiting Attractions

⇒ 5 points, Networking Events

⇒ 5 points, Volunteering

⇒ 5 points, Education

⇒ 5 points, Readings 

⇒ More


Upon earning your CTA designation, you may use the
CTA initials behind your name,
e.g. John Sample, CTA, and enjoy
many other benefits! 

Is There a Program In My Area?

The CTA program is administered at the local
level by a tourism-related entity that has become
accredited to offer the program. 
To see if there’s a CTA program
in your area, click here:

CTA Destinations

What Does It Cost?

CTA annual fees are subsidized by the local administrator and kept low to encourage participation.
There is a modest, one-time enrollment fee and a modest annual certification renewal fee.
Both are $49 or under per year, which equates to less than $1.00 per week.
The specific fees for your area are shown within the enrollment application.

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Who Should Enroll?


Certification enrollment is open to
anyone who is directly or indirectly involved
in the tourism industry or in serving locals and
visitors (leisure travelers, business travelers,
spectators, attendees).
See below.




Aligning An Entire Community

The CTA program has successfully aligned all of the following sectors. WHY?
Because they all benefit from a strong tourism economy.

• Airports
• Attraction & Activities 
  (museum, cultural, gaming, sports, etc.)
• City/County/State Government 
  (mayors, city council, police)
• Convention Centers / Event Centers
• Downtown Merchants
• Education 
  (universities, community colleges, high schools)
• Hospitals 
  (information desk; patient services)
• Hotel / Lodging 
  (hotel/motel, Airbnb, B&B, RV park, etc.)
• Realtors
• Restaurants 
  (upscale, café, etc.)
• Lounges/Nightlife
• Shopping / Retail 
  (malls, districts, etc.)
• Facilities / Arenas
  (sporting events, festivals, etc.)
• Transportation 
  (shuttle, cab, rideshare, public transit, etc.)
• Tourism Entities 
  (DMO, CVB, Chamber, etc.)
• Workforce Development
• Economic Development
• Residents / Volunteers