Professional Development


Potrait of Cheryl Mitchell, ECC, Owner, Vacations By Cheryl

“Cruise travel is a constantly changing industry. You must keep up with new ships and their features, changing itineraries, changing policies, as well as continue learning fresh ways to market yourself and keeping up with social media. CLIA teaches all of this and allows me to be at the top of my profession.”

Chery Mitchell , Owner , Vocations By Cheryl (Independence Contractor of the KHM Travel Group)

CLIA’s certification programs elevate your personal and professional brand and are an important consideration for vacationers when selecting a travel agent. CLIA offers a range of certification programs for travel professionals at every stage of their career – from new to experienced.

Brand new for 2018, CLIA has added the Travel Agency Executive (TAE), for travel agency professionals who are part of the industry but are not full-time selling travel agents with a CLIA Affiliated Agency.

A class of travel professionals Learn more about CLIA Certifications:

Enrollment in these certifications is exclusive to current CLIA Individual Agent Members (IAMs) and CLIA Travel Agency Members (for the TAE). CLIA’s Career Seascape provides a variety of options for completing your certification requirements through live instructor-led training, online courses, and webinars. There is no better way to elevate your personal and professional brand and be recognized as a true cruise selling professional than to earn your CLIA certification.

To view a list of recent CLIA certification graduates, please click here

Potrait of Gail McLeod, MCC, Cruise Planners

Being certified brings a higher level of value to my business. It tells my clients that I am highly trained and an expert in the cruise industry and that they can trust my ability to recommend the perfect cruise for them.

Gail McLeod , MCC , Cruise Planners

Hear more about CLIA’s enhanced certification programs:


Career Counseling Service

If you need assistance choosing the right program, we invite you to take advantage of CLIA's all new Career Counseling services and book an appointment to speak with our Professional Development and Training team. Click here to schedule an appointment or here to learn more about the program.

CLIA Designations on Hiatus

CLIA is working to develop a robust list of certifications and certificates in support of our member’s professional development and advancement of the cruising industry. The identified designations below are still valid for those who have achieved the level or are currently enrolled, however, at this time, we are not accepting new enrollments for the following:

  • Luxury Cruise Specialist (LCS)
  • Accredited Cruise Manager (ACM)
  • Elite Cruise Counsellor Scholar (ECCS)

Please contact with any questions.