Tourism - 964

Ontario College Diploma
Two years
Bring a world view as you transform your passion for travel to a lifelong career

Did you know tourism is one of the world’s fastest growing industries. Visit for attractions, events and more.

Students in the Tourism program will prepare for an exciting career that provides an opportunity for employment within various sectors of the tourism industry. Students will network with industry partners and benefit from guest speakers, trade shows, conferences, and career fairs.

The Association of Canadian Travel Agencies (ACTA) (opens new window) gives our program a Four Star Rating.

After successful completion of all required courses, students complete a mandatory two week unpaid work placement. Students are responsible to source their own placement.

Tourism is one of the world’s fastest growing industries, offering a wide variety of exciting Career Opportunities.

ACTA (Association of Canadian Travel Agencies) gives our program a Four Star Rating. Please visit the Association of Canadian Travel Agencies (ACTA) (opens new window) website for further information.

Mohawk's Tourism program has the highest overall student satisfaction of any comparable program in Ontario.

View the Exceptions Calendar for start dates and semester break information.

Fast Track - allows students to complete a two-year Diploma program (non co-op) in 16 months. Students will start in January and be in school for four continuous semesters: Winter, Spring/Summer, Fall and Winter. Students will not be off during the summer.

Program Highlights

  • Prepare for an exciting career that provides an opportunity for employment within various sectors of the tourism industry
  • Network with industry partners and benefit from guest speakers, trade shows, conferences, and career fairs
  • Acquire specialized skills in Sabre and Apollo Reservation Systems
  • Develop communication, business, and industry-specific computer skills
  • Students have a wide range of choices for industry specialization
  • Students have the opportunity to earn industry certification by writing the Certified Travel Counsellor (CTC) exam
  • Every person working for a registered Ontario retail travel agency and selling travel services or providing travel advice to the public must, by law, meet the Travel Industry Council of Ontario (TICO) Education Standards. The opportunity to write the certification exam will be provided
  • After successful completion of all required courses, students complete a mandatory twoweek unpaid work placement. Students are responsible for sourcing their own placement.

Program Coordinator

Minimum requirements for admission to the Tourism Diploma program

  • OSSD or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) including:
    • Grade 12 English, C or U or equivalent
  • Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) - you will require a mobile computing device that meets specifications determined by the program

Option are available for mature applicants.

Bring Your Own Device


We are pleased to introduce you to our "Bring Your Own Device” Blended Learning Environment. The “BYOD” method of program delivery at Mohawk College requires you to have and use a mobile device throughout your program of study. We have included the minimum requirements to participate in this collaborative way of learning.

Your learning experience will be enhanced through the use of online and mobile technologies in and out of the classroom. This format allows you to work with course materials, participate in collaborative online environments and become a highly skilled, future ready, user of industry technology.

As a student enrolled in the Tourism and Travel Program, you will be using your own mobile device, ideally a tablet or laptop, as a learning tool in the classroom. This means fewer textbooks to purchase and carry around, easier access to information, helpful tools and improved collaboration with your peers and Professors.


The Tourism and Travel Program is a “Bring Your Own Device” based program. A device, meeting the following minimum system requirements, is needed for the first day of class and for the duration of the program.

Laptop Preference:

If you already own a PC platform device (i.e. Dell/Toshiba etc.) with a Windows operating system, you will not be required to purchase a new device, providing you have the required hardware and software components already installed for the first day of class.

*Required Software: Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013 with Publisher (Free to students through Mohawk Webstore).

Mac Notebooks:

If you currently own a Mac Notebook and you are concerned about compatibility, you will need to ensure that you meet the hardware and software requirements, which includes having Microsoft Office Professional with Publisher.

*Please Note that Mac users will likely be required to set up a dual boot or parallel system, in order to operate their Microsoft software. It is recommended that you contact an authorized Mac dealer and service agent to assist you with this process.

Don't have the necessary requirements?

Career Opportunities

The Tourism Diploma program can lead to exciting career opportunities

Tourism careers may involve the following

Industries of Employment

  • Travel Agencies
  • Tour Wholesalers/Operators
  • Hotels, Resorts and Cruise Lines
  • Government Agencies
  • Airlines/Airports
  • Tourism Call Centres

Specific Career Opportunities

  • Overseas Destination Representatives
  • Customer Service Representatives
  • Sales Representatives
  • Reservation Agents
  • Tourism Consultants

Graduate Opportunities

For degree transfer/completion opportunities, visit Pathways and Credit Transfer

Course Overview & Descriptions

Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes, often referred to as ‘Program Standards', set out the essential learning that a student must achieve before being deemed ready to graduate.

In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) in consultation with employers and educators who are experts in the program field. To ensure the outcomes remain current and in line with industry needs, we invite our employers, graduates working in the field and current students to re-examine and update them during regular, ongoing program review focus groups.

Additional Information

Visit the Office Administration & Travel and Tourism Student Work Experience Partnership page for information on the field placement opportunities for this program!

Fennell Campus
Jan 2017
Sep 2017

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Since I made the decision to enter at Mohawk College, I feel that my life changed. In the college I learned not only English, also I had the opportunity to study Tourism and Travel. During my two years in the program, I had a great experience. I learned many things and I shared good times with my friends. I believe that Mohawk College not only has good facilities, also has very qualified teachers that gave me the best guidelines to succeed. For me it is very important to mention the opportunity that Mohawk College gave me through the work placement, as it is because of this program I could find a job. In other words Mohawk College gave me the tools to succeed in the real world. I am very proud of graduating as a student of Mohawk College.
Luz Andrea, Tourism and Travel 2012 Honours Graduate

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The Tourism and Travel program at Mohawk College gave me exceptional knowledge and know-how to get where I am today. Thanks to the great program that provided detailed information of the tourism and travel industry, and incredible teachers that have years of experience in the field, I was able to put what I learned towards job interviews, and started working three months after graduation. I am now proud to be succeeding in my career as a Travel Consultant for Marlin Travel.
Amber, Tourism and Travel 2010 Graduate

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The time I spent as a student at Mohawk College in the Tourism and Travel program was both exciting and thrilling.  The professors were willing to share their real world experience and help to prepare me for my future at Airmiles both professionally and personally.  The decision to go back to school was the best decision of my life and I know that I will have the support of the professors going into my future.  Make it count!!
David, Tourism and Travel 2008 Graduate

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The course curriculum was fantastic; the in-depth knowledge and workplace insight of the instructors ensured that I was completely prepared to accelerate in my career.  With the guidance and encouragement of the Tourism and Travel faculty I secured a position before graduation in the Airline Industry.
Jennifer, Tourism and Travel 2008 Graduate

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The Tourism and Travel program is not only fun, but it prepares you for a career.  I emerged from this program with the knowledge and skills to secure a great job which I truly enjoy.  I owe my successes in this program to the faculty members who are knowledgeable, experienced, and caring.  Your success in this program is their priority, and it shows.  I would highly recommend this program to anyone who has an interest in the travel industry!
Sandra, Tourism and Travel 2008 Graduate