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Become a Certified Student Travel Professional

The Certified Student Travel Professional, CSTP, is an industry designation that provides credibility amongst student travel professionals and their clients. CSTP sharpens business skills, and provides specific knowledge and understanding of the student and youth travel industry. The program is available to SYTA members and/or recipients of the CTIS program administered by ABA (American Bus Association).

Graduates receive a designation recognizable throughout the travel industry. This continuing education program gives enrollees the opportunity to spend time focusing on challenges and opportunities facing their organization and, of course, provides a personal sense of accomplishment. For more information, please contact SYTA Membership at or 703-610-1263.


“New” CSTP Certification Program launching in January 2020

SYTA will be launching a new CSTP certification program to meet the needs of today’s student and youth travel professionals. The CSTP requirements are changing to incorporate standards in the CSTO program and to offer CSTP applicants more flexibility in selecting courses to meet certification.

Candidates already enrolled in CSTP and taking the IUPUI courses in 2019 and Spring 2020 will still receive their CSTP certification in August 2020 under the current requirements.

Candidates who are enrolled but have not taken IUPUI courses in 2019 are encouraged to wait until the new requirements are available in December 2019. The new requirements will allow candidates to take courses from a variety of associations and continuing education providers.

CSTP will continue to recognize the IUPUI courses, as long as ABA offers IUPUI for the CTIS program.

The new CSTP program will require recertification of all CSTP’s every three years.

CSTP’s who have received their certification prior to December 2019 will be eligible to attend a special recertification program at the 2020 Annual Conference Winnipeg on Friday, August 14, 2020.

For additional information, please contact Henry De Leon,

2019-2020 Requirements
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. Courses start March 15, 2019.

Two Required courses – choose from three

Customer Service – July 1 – August 30, 2019
Promoting Your Business – September 1 – October 31, 2019
Business Grammar and Writing – November 1 – December 15, 2019

One Elective course – Choose from four

Effective Advertising – March 15 – April 30, 2019
Running a Business: Understanding the Numbers is Step # 1 – March 15 – April 30, 2019
Personal Organization & Effectiveness – May 1 – June 30, 2019
Igniting Your Effectiveness – May 1 – June 29, 2019

Click Here to Register for IUPUI Courses

For questions Regarding IUPUI courses, please contact Shohn Beeson at or 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
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 additional information on the CSTP program, please contact SYTA staff at or 703-610-1263.

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

CSTP Overview

CSTP Application


IUPUI Course Information

Attendance at Webinar Certification Form (For online Webinars)

Graduation Request Form

Congratulations to the 2019 CSTP Graduates!

Kimberly Lynn, Director of Tourism, Visit Goodlettsville

Marisol Pena, Regional Sales Director, Silver Hotel Group

Jane Tougouma, Group Tour Sales Manager, Destination Cleveland