Get excited about going to work. Earn your certificate in Tourism Administration. This program provides graduates with the skills and tourism industry knowledge needed for a career in front-line and administrative positions in tourism operations across Canada.
$2,000 Bursaries Available
Accepted applicants, local and international, are eligible to receive a $2,000 bursary.
Grant for Columbia Basin, BC Residents
Apply before December 20, 2019 for a January 6, 2020 start date.
Apply before April 17, 2020 for a May 4, 2020 start date.
For complete schedule and deadlines see our Schedules and Deadlines page.
Certificate in Tourism Administration
By combining academic and work experience practicum components the Tourism Administration Certificate prepares graduates for a rewarding career in the tourism industry.
This program has been reviewed and approved by the Registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.
As a graduate of this program you’ll have the credentials you need to advance your career in a variety of tourism-related industries including:
- Outdoor recreation operations
- Visitor information centres
- Transportation companies
- Tour operators
- Event planners
- Tourism associations
- Chambers of Commerce
Self-employed tourism operators may take the program in order to learn how to handle the administration required in their own businesses.
Students should have access to their own computer and printer.
Work Experience Practicum (WEP)
Students are required to seek out and arrange their own work experience, as part of the learning process Valemount College will help students facilitate the WEP process. The WEP takes place the 15th and 16th week of the program. Students can be expected to work full-time hours, based on the employer’s schedule. All students in the Tourism Administration program must complete a WEP.
The admissions requirements include one of the below:
- Grade 12 or equivalent with a letter grade of C or higher.
- Students who have not completed Grade 12 may gain entry as Mature Students if they are at least 19 years of age on the first day of the term and have been out of the regular school system for at least one year. Any students wishing to be considered for admission as a Mature Student must consult with Valemount College before submitting an application, whereupon they make take a Placement Assessment or a Prior Learning and Recognition Assessment.
Program and Completion Requirements
To complete the Tourism Administration program, students must successfully complete 25 credits of course work and 64 hours of work experience practicum over 16 weeks.
|Title of Course/Work Experience Practicum Component||# of Hours||# of Credits|
|T100||Introduction to Tourism||45||3|
|T105||Work Experience Instructional Hours||12||3|
|B111||Computerized Accounting for Small Business||45||3|
|B107||Small Business Marketing||30||2|
|B108||Sales and Customer Relations||30||2|
|FN100||First Nations Cultural Awareness||16||1|
|T105||Work Experience Practicum (64 hours)||64||0|
Tuition and Estimated Costs
Students must attend full time. Costs reflect an estimate of a 100% course load per year, unless otherwise noted. Costs are for the program only. See additional costs below.
While we do our best to share accurate and timely fee information, changes may occur.
|Total Costs Financial Aid||$4,985*|
*Costs shown are for domestic applicants only. International fees can be found on our International Students page. Above costs do not include applicable bursaries or grants. See Financial Aid page for breakdown. Please also note that all fees will be fully refunded if the program is cancelled by Valemount College.
- Textbook costs vary and will be approximately $1,200
- Admissions assessment exam, if required, is $75
- Lectures 12
- Quizzes 0
- Duration 16 weeks
- Skill level All levels
- Language English
- Students 16
- Assessments Yes
- B103 – Leadership Basics
- B107 – Small Business Marketing
- B108 – Sales and Customer Relations
- B109 – Excel Spreadsheets
- B110 – Business Writing
- B111 – Computerized Accounting for Small Business
- B112 – Interpersonal Skills
- B113 – Public Speaking
- FN100 – First Nations Cultural Awareness
- T100 – Introduction to Tourism
- T105 – Work Experience Instructional Hours
- T105 – Work Experience Practicum