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Old 08-15-2005, 10:05 AM   #1
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Question Disney's College of Knowledge?

I have seen that some TA's are college of knowledge graduates. What is this? Can anyone give me more info? Thanks!
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Old 08-15-2005, 10:31 AM   #2
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bump I would like to know this too.
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Old 08-15-2005, 12:30 PM   #3
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It is a correspondence course that Travel agents can take. You study about the different resorts, cruise line, etc. You are tested on the information and then you graduate from the course. They also have advanced classes you can take on WDW property during the year.

I did it and really enjoyed the course.
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Old 08-15-2005, 02:12 PM   #4
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I did it also when I was a travel agent! I did mine almost immediately after I started working...
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Old 08-15-2005, 02:16 PM   #5
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yep one of the first courses I took when I became a TA as well


It was a great course, but it is strictly for travel agents.
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Old 08-15-2005, 03:56 PM   #6
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Old 08-15-2005, 04:01 PM   #7
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Did you become travel agents through a correspondence course or in a classroom setting. Would like more info on becoming a travel agent, if anyone has any.
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Bumping. So interested in learning how to become a TA and taking the courses.
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Old 11-07-2011, 08:20 PM   #9
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I also graduated from Disney's College of Knowledge. It was actually a pretty easy test.
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Old 11-07-2011, 08:26 PM   #10
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I also graduated from the College of Disney Knowledge. It's not exactly rocket science.

For the person that asked about becoming a travel agent, keep in mind that this is training you take AFTER you are an agent. It's not a means to become an agent. For me, I took an online program which took me about 6 months to complete. After that, I signed with a host agency and incorporated my business. Then I took supplier trainings, including the Disney one. Only after that did I feel confident to start selling travel.

In addition, I am constantly doing continuing education. The Disney course requires to you to take refreshers. Almost every single supplier out there has trainings. I have done them through cruise lines, hotels, various tourist boards. I am also looking into taking a marketing course. An agent that can't be bothered to keep up with his/her training is an agent that isn't worth a darn.
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Old 11-08-2011, 08:37 AM   #11
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I did the same as MDSoccermom. It's a great course. The main thing is that you need a host agency so you can get the other certifications you need, like CLIA. There are many around so be sure you get a good one that will be helpful while you are learning.
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This is an old thread, but I have been looking into this as well. What are the good online courses to become an agent and then, how do you find a host agency?
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Some agencies don't require you to have taken online courses and many online courses require you be associated with an agency to take the course. To sign up with an agency, you could do a google search or contact an agent you know to find out about signing up with them.
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This is an old thread, but I have been looking into this as well. What are the good online courses to become an agent and then, how do you find a host agency?
You can get a list of host agencies from the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) website. Keep in mind, not all hosts are created equal. You want to look at their fee structure, commission splits, the training and support they offer.

There will be other expenses you will want to look into - the cost of incorporating your business, errors and omissions insurance (you will probably be covered under a host, but may want your own policy), a client management system (I subscribe to one rather than use it through my host to give me autonomy), etc.
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