How to Become an IATA-Approved Travel Agent

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How to Become an IATA-Approved Travel Agent
IATA approved travel agents enjoy worldwide recognition. (take off image by Warren Millar from Fotolia.com)

The International Air Transport Association's (IATA) mission is to be a leader in the airline industry by bringing merchandise and people together quickly and efficiently. IATA accreditation is for travel professionals who sell travel and travel related services, according to IATA. The International Air Transport Association Network (IATAN) accreditation allows you to be recognised as a travel professional and once accredited you can take full advantage of IATA's programs.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Travel agent experience
  • Business license
  • Sales proof
  • Financial statements
  • Accreditation kit
  • Fees

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Meet the requirements for accreditation. The requirements, according to IATA are legal proof of business, proof of sales and financial standing, possession of Errors and Omissions insurance unless you have five years or more in the travel industry and comply with state and local licensing.

  2. 2

    Download the application from the IATA website. The accreditation kit includes an accreditation form, agency agreement, business profile document, credit card payment form and travel professional profile form. Your accreditation form will need to be Notarized.

  3. 3

    Pay the fee for accreditation. The current 2010 accreditation fees are £107 for head office and branch accreditation. For corporate travel accreditation, the 2010 fee is £234. All fees must be paid in U.S. dollars and are non-refundable.

  4. 4

    Send the application in. Once you are accredited you will receive your IATA numeric code, accreditation letter, certificate of accreditation and window decal.

  5. 5

    Make sure you continue meeting accreditation requirements. IATA accredited members have to uphold IATA's requirements. You can lose your accreditation by committing acts of fraud or embezzlement. Working for a company that has been removed from IATA's because of financial default, giving false information to obtain or keep accreditation, not properly using IATA's logo, trademarks or giving false business credentials are reasons to lose your accreditation.

Tips and warnings

  • You can be a "Managerial Qualifier" if you have had at least two years full-time employment within the last 10 years in a managerial position at an accredited agency or corporate travel department, or in a passenger air transportation sales capacity at an airline. You also can qualify if you have had at least three years full-time employment within the last 10 years as a sales counsellor at an accredited entity or corporate travel department, or in a passenger air transportation sales capacity at an airline; or at least four years full-time employment within the last 10 years in a managerial position in a travel related business such as hotel, cruise line, or tour operator. Some combination of the required qualifications is acceptable as well.
  • You can be a "Ticketing Qualifier" if you have had at least one year full time experience in the field within the last three years at an accredited entity, airline or corporate travel department. A combination of the requirements is acceptable as well.

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