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CSTP

Become a Certified Student Travel Professional!


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The Certified Student Travel Professional (CSTP) is an industry designation that provides credibility amongst student travel professionals and their clients. CSTP sharpens business skills while providing specific knowledge and understanding of the student and youth travel industry.

CSTP graduates receive a designation recognizable throughout the travel industry. This continuing education program gives learners 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 Katy Summers, Senior Manager of Education & Professional Development at ksummers@syta.org

For additional course options for earning education credits for your CSTP, visit the IUPUI website to see course offerings specific to the tourism industry. These courses are additional fees outside of the CSTP fees paid to SYTA. IUPUI is offering a 20% discount off the cost of tuition on all classes for the remainder of the year! Use the promo code 2020ALLYEAR when checking out for the classes.

SYTA has launched an updated CSTP certification program to meet the needs of today’s student and youth travel professionals. The CSTP requirements have changed  to align with the standards in the CSTO program and to offer CSTP applicants more flexibility in selecting courses to meet certification.

Candidates already enrolled in CSTP and currently taking IUPUI courses will receive their CSTP certification under the previous requirements.

The new requirements will allow candidates to take courses from a variety of associations and continuing education providers. Additional courses will be posted on a rolling basis as they become available. In addition to the updated requirements, the new CSTP program will require recertification every three years.

 

Eligibility Requirements for Initial Certification
Cost: Initial Certification: $595 (includes application fee and education fees). Fees for attending events and completing courses outside of SYTA’s offerings will be additional. $50 registration fee due at time of application with balance due within one year.
Applicant can go back five years to use completed courses towards certification.
All requirements must be completed prior to submitting graduation request (Requirement Tracker).
Applicant must be currently employed within the tourism and hospitality industry OR have been employed within the industry within the past 12 months of application.
Applicant must have at least 18 months experience in hospitality and/or tourism OR hold an AA/BA in hospitality and/or tourism.
Applicant must sign a certification code of conduct as part of the application.
Professional Development Requirements – Initial Certification
A total of 65 credits are required by any combination of the following:

SYTA Events (Maximum 30 credits)

  • Annual Conference (10 credits each)
  • Summit (10 credits each)

Volunteer (maximum of 5 volunteer hours can go toward total credits needed)

  • Minimum of two different types of volunteer commitments
  • At least one volunteer commitment must be SYTA related
    • You will earn .5 credits for every 2 hours worked and 2 credits for every year served on a committee
    • Examples:
      • Serving on a SYTA committee, SYTA board or SYF board
      • Volunteer a minimum of three hours during Conference and/or Summit
      • Other community/industry opportunities (must complete a volunteer request approval form)

Education Hours (no maximum of allowed hours)

  • Education will be offered through SYTA or you may find courses through another approved provider
  • Education hours vary depending on class
  • Approved classes will be based on core requirements

If courses are completed outside of SYTA’s offerings, please include:

  • A course syllabus or course description
  • Either proof of passing grade of final assessment or write a summary of your learning during this course
  • Proof of attendance

Cumulative Assessment

  • Written Essay
    • The written essay is the final assessment to earn CSTP (does not count towards credits needed)
    • Essay must be a minimum of 500 words on any subject that shows the impact on the personal & professional growth for the applicant through this certification process.
    • Must be turned in to the Center no later than May 31 of graduation year in order to graduate at conference of that year
    • May be turned in at same time as Graduation Request Form

 

Once requirements have been completed, submit a graduation request form to center@syta.org. Graduation requests must be received by the Center no later than May 31 of graduation year in order to graduate at Annual Conference of that year. For example, if you plan on completing all requirements in spring of 2022, all requirements must be completed and graduation request submitted no later than May 31, 2022 and graduation will happen at Annual Conference in August 2022.

 

Eligibility Requirements for Renewal of Certification
Cost: Renewal Certification: $295 (includes application fee and education fees). Fees for attending events and completing courses outside of SYTA’s offerings will be additional. $50 registration fee due at time of application with balance due within one year.
Renewal is required every three years after initial certification.
All credits for renewal must be earned after initial certification was achieved.
All requirements must be completed prior to submitting Renewal Request (Requirement Tracker).
Applicant must be currently employed in the tourism/hospitality industry OR have been employed within the industry within the past 12 months.
Applicant must sign a certification code of conduct as part of the renewal application. 
 Professional Development Requirements – Renewal Certification 
A total of 25 credits are required by any combination of the following:

SYTA Events (Maximum 10 credits)

  • Annual Conference (10 credits)
  • Summit (10 credits)

Volunteer (maximum of 5 volunteer hours can go toward total credits needed)

  • Minimum of two different types of volunteer commitments
  • At least one volunteer commitment must be SYTA related
    • You will earn .5 credits for every 2 hours worked and 2 credits for every year served on a committee
    • Examples:
      • Serving on a SYTA committee, SYTA board or a SYF board
      • Volunteer a minimum of three hours during Conference and/or Summit
      • Other community/industry opportunities (must complete a volunteer request approval form)

Education Hours (no maximum of allowed hours)

  • Education will be offered through SYTA or you may find courses through another approved provider
  • Education hours vary depending on class
  • Approved classes will be based on core requirements

If courses are completed outside of SYTA’s offerings, please include:

  • A course syllabus or course description
  • Either proof of passing grade of final assessment or write a summary of your learning during this course
  • Proof of attendance

 

Once requirements have been completed, submit a Renewal Request Form to center@syta.org. Renewal Requests can be submitted anytime throughout the year.  During Annual Conference each year, SYTA will recognize those that have renewed their CSTP during the past year.

CSTP Overview
CSTP Application
CSTP Q&A
Initial Requirement Progress Tracker
Renewal Requirement Progress Tracker