GLP® Program Education Sponsored by:




GLP® Program Education Content Provider:

University of Virginia


In partnership with the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, the Academy’s GLP Program is the only masters-level course for travel professionals. The strategic curriculum uses an interdisciplinary approach that addresses both the opportunities and challenges of conducting business in today’s environment.

The Global Leadership Professional® (GLP) Program offers a wide range of benefits to participants and their organizations.

  • Join a network of peers from around the world
  • Understand Advanced Business Principles
  • Interact with top-ranked Darden Faculty
  • Apply learning to real-world business challenges
  • Develop a team approach
  • Earn recognition for your achievement


The Global Leadership Professional® (GLP) Program consists of individual courses, the Certificate of Professional Development as well as the Global Leadership Professional® (GLP) Designation.

Individual GLP Courses

Individual GLP Courses are designed to address one of the four primary competencies of business travel for mid to senior-level industry professionals to expand their knowledge and stay current with the latest trends in the industry. The following four main competencies are:


Individuals are not required to enroll in the complete program and are welcome to attend any course that are offered.
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Certificate of Professional Development

The Certificate of Professional Development is obtained by successfully completing four courses within twenty-four months(24), including one courses in each of the following four main competencies:


Successful completion of The Certificate of Professional Development is a prerequisite for the Global Leadership Professional® (GLP) Designation.

Global Leadership Professional® (GLP) Designation

The Global Leadership Professional® Designation consists of several components, beginning with an on-site course with Darden Professors. During this course, work groups will be formed and industry related projects will be assigned. Over the following 12 months participants will receive additional instruction from the professors via three web-based virtual classrooms, as well as working independently and within their groups via email and conference calls. There will be a final on-site courses during which the participants will finalize their projects and presentations for delivery to their industry peers at the GBTA Convention.

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