For the first time, member travel agents of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) will be able to pursue professional development through CLIA training and Certification programs while working toward a university degree at the same time.

CLIA and University of Phoenix have signed an articulation agreement allowing agents to transfer applicable CLIA Certification and training credits to be assessed toward elective credits when studying for their associate or bachelor’s degree with University of Phoenix. 

“The agreement with University of Phoenix represents an exciting milestone in CLIA’s commitment to help its agent members pursue professional development in its broadest context,” said Bob Sharak, CLIA’s executive vice president.  “Not only can our members continue to expand their knowledge of cruising and hone their sales skills through an expansive variety of CLIA Certification programs, they can apply much of that work toward achieving a university degree at the same time,” he added.

Thirty-four CLIA online and classroom Certification and training courses may be combined and assessed for full or partial credit towards University of Phoenix associate and bachelor’s degree requirements. 

Sharak noted that the growth and popularity of both domestic and international travel has broadened opportunities for professionals in the sector.  “Through this agreement, CLIA agents now have a value-added component enabling them to earn their degree with University of Phoenix – even while working in the fast-paced, rapidly changing and increasingly complex world of tourism. We are pleased to bring our members this opportunity to further develop their professional knowledge and the subsequent opportunities which can arise through academic growth,” he said.

Workforce Solutions Regional Director for University of Phoenix, Dr. Alvin Steward said, “University of Phoenix specializes in developing individuals who are ready to advance their knowledge and skill sets to meet the challenges of the global workforce. We have seen that those students who are self-motivated and ambitious -- are also eager to immediately apply their learning to the workplace.”

Steward continued, “This enthusiasm benefits the employer too. While these individuals may be on an educational quest to advance their careers, they are also building foundations for their families, strengthening their industry and enhancing their communities.” 

Adding that, “these are future leaders who desire a high-quality education and who are looking to University of Phoenix to help them achieve their personal and professional goals,” Steward said. “University of Phoenix is pleased to partner with CLIA. They are helping their member-agents explore educational avenues which will further equip them for competing and succeeding in the 21st Century economy.”