According to the representative body, the GTMC Diploma in Corporate Travel Management covers "all the topics relevant for career success in the modern world of business travel”.
Aimed at its members’ TMC staff who are both new to business travel and currently in the sector, the diploma also enables those joining the industry from leisure travel to learn about business travel and the TMC role.
The diploma is divided into three sections, each containing modules covering a variety
of subject areas and featuring a range of ‘toolkit’ specialisms.
The courses are entitled Introduction to Corporate Travel (Level 1) 21st Century Travel Management (Level 2); and Next Generation Travel Management (Level 3).
To obtain their diploma, candidates must successfully complete 15 modules and 10 toolkits across the three courses, along with a final exam.
Courses consist of videos, audio, visuals, presentations, interactive quizzes and tips. Modules feature case studies and step-by-step challenges designed to build understanding along the way.
The launch of the e-learning programme follows the GTMC’s work with the Department of Tourism and Hospitality at Bournemouth University, which, as part of the partnership, sees corporate travel included in the university’s curriculum of travel and tourism degrees and post-graduate courses for the first time.
Adrian Parkes, GTMC chief executive, said: “We work in an industry which prides itself on its professionalism and this new diploma delivers a clear benchmark for a recognisable industry standard.
“The GTMC is investing considerable time and effort in education to ensure our sector has a ready supply of well-qualified employees for the future. I am sure GTMC members will welcome this new diploma, which will drive up standards and create a clear pathway for career development.”