Education and certification designed by business travel professionals for business travel professionals.

GBTA Professional Development is designed to power the careers of business travel professionals through education and certification. Our courses ensure carefully crafted experiences where you will be taken on a journey with a small group of business travel professionals and mentors who care about your progress. GBTA Academy courses are everything you need to forge a successful career in the business travel industry, build a supporting network, and achieve recognition and advancement.

Whether you are new to business travel management or have decades of experience there is always a “next step” on the GBTA learning path.

Course Offerings

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The Fundamentals of Business Travel Management™

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Advanced Principles of Business Travel Management™

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The Fundamentals of Strategic Meetings Management™

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Sustainable Travel Management

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Certificate in Corporate Travel Execution (CCTE)

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Global Leadership Professional® (GLP) Program

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Global Travel Professional® (GTP) Certification

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Fundamentals of Business Travel Management Toolkit

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GBTA members get the best pricing.

GBTA members get discounts on education, receive exclusive content, downloadable tools, unlimited access to the GBTA Hub, including member-only discussion forums, and more.

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Frequently Asked Questions

A certificate is given following an education and training course that has specific learning outcomes. A certification is a standardized test that measures competencies in the profession.

The GTP is the premier certification for the business travel professional. The certification is a computer-based examination consisting of 125 multiple choice questions administered in a 3-hour timeframe.

You may take the GTP Certification exam once you’ve prepared for the exam, completed the application process, and are deemed eligible to sit for the exam. The exam application is available now at

The Global Leadership Professional (GLP) is the designation within the Leader-Level education program that centers on business strategy and leadership for senior managers in business travel. The Global Travel Professional (GTP) is a certification process that is independent from educational programs or training courses. It is an exam used to measure proficiency in the competencies of the business travel profession.

The education programs are not a requirement for the GTP exam.

Education and training makes individuals more knowledgeable and competitive in the marketplace. The industry has evolved dramatically over the last ten years and you must keep up with the latest trends, best-practices and regulations to continue to be an effective business travel professional.

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