Tourism

Program Details

  • Program Code:1824
  • School:School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts
  • Credential:Ontario College Diploma
  • Program Type:Post-secondary program
  • Program Length:2 years/ 4 semesters

Program Availability

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Program Overview

Program Overview

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Centennial College's Tourism diploma program will prepare you for an industry that Tourism HR Canada projects will grow to 2.1 million jobs, exposing a labour and skills shortage in more than 400 types of tourism industry jobs and careers. 

With Canada breaking records for numbers of visitors in 2017 and 2018, and 2019 Ontario visitor spending projected to surpass $31 billion (supporting 188,000 businesses and 391,000 jobs), now is a great time to get into the industry. In fact, tourism employs 1 in 10 people and generates 10 per cent of global gross domestic product, so it's undisputedly one of the fastest growing and changing global industries. 

Study will combine a well-rounded academic curriculum with hands-on experiential learning, culminating in a 14-week work-integrated learning experience. Content is inspired by the input of industry leaders, bringing together the knowledge and skills required to thrive in both the inbound and outbound parts of the tourism industry.  

You'll also graduate job-ready with industry certifications such as Smart Serve, Safe Food Handlers, CPR, Travel Insurance, Cruise Industry and TICO Travel Counsellor Certification.

After graduating with your Tourism diploma, you'll be ready to embark on unlimited career opportunities or you may seamlessly transition into Centennial's iconic three-year Hospitality and Tourism advanced diploma program.

Please note: If you're an international student, you won't be eligible for your post-graduation work permit if you take a semester off from your learning. Always talk to you student advisor before planning your time at Centennial College. We want you to enjoy your entire experience and are here to help you with your learning journey.

It’s Your Shift Training and Awareness Program

The program will include an innovative industry training and awareness certification, It’s Your Shift. The certification will equip you with crucial knowledge and provide current resources focused on sexual harassment prevention and safe practices for intervention as a frontline worker or manager. It will support you, as you enter the hospitality industry, to become a leader for the prevention of sexual harassment and contribute to the evolution of safe and welcoming work environments.

Program Outline

Program Outline

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Career Options, Academic Pathways and Partners

Career Options, Academic Pathways and Partners

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Program Highlights

Experiential learning in our new state-of-the-art facilities with access to passionate industry experienced instructors with innovative internal and external learning experiences.

Curriculum features job-ready certifications and content inspired by the input of an engaged advisory group of industry leaders.

Balance of academic and hands on study ensures diverse and extensive career opportunities and opens pathways to continued study, including seamless transition into our iconic three-year Hospitality and Tourism advanced diploma. 

Articulation Agreements

Studying Tourism at Centennial College offers a practical and comprehensive learning experience designed to help students transition to success in industry and future studies. Qualified graduates have the opportunity for degree credit to other educational institutions in Canada and around the world. Following program success, students are ideally positioned to explore an area of specialization in a graduate learning certificate. The Tourism program is specifically designed to allow graduates seamless transition into our three-year Advanced Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism Administration – opening the opportunity for a second diploma in an accelerated timeframe. 

Start in a diploma program, end with a degree! Successful graduates of this Tourism and Travel program also have the opportunity to apply their credits towards further study at the degree level. Listed below are the degrees from partnering institutions that are available for this program.

Please note that each partnership has a specific minimum grade requirement in order to qualify for transferring credits, which are assessed by the partner institution.

Partner Institution Degree
Humber College Bachelor of Commerce
Vancouver Island University  Bachelor of Tourism Management

Please visit our website at www.centennialcollege.ca/admissions/applying/education-pathways/outbound-pathways for more information on articulation agreements.

Career Outlook

  • Sales and marketing
  • Groups and Incentive specialist
  • Conference and Meetings providers
  • Inbound and outbound tour operators
  • Inbound tour sales
  • organizing and operations
  • Outbound tour sales
  • organizing and operations
  • Retail travel sales and counselling
  • Tourism associations
  • Hotel operations
  • Government economic development

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

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Academic Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
  • English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission

Additional Requirements

How to Apply

How to Apply

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1. Apply Online

Are you an International Student? Apply directly to Centennial College here.

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at Ontariocolleges.ca. A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to Ontariocolleges.ca. For more information go to Ontariocolleges.ca Application Fees.

2. Submit Documents

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via Ontariocolleges.ca.

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to Ontariocolleges.ca.

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at Ontariocolleges.ca and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at my.centennialcollege.ca.

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

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Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2019.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Ancillary Fees Total
Canadian $2,721.00 $1,268.00 $3,989.00
International $14,502.50 $1,777.00 $16,279.50

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