Education Overview

Education is the foundation for the existence of Puget Sound Business Travel Association. We were founded by a group of travel industry leaders that wanted to raise the knowledge and professionalism of those individuals whose careers were in managing or selling travel related services. Each of our monthly meetings is designed to provide current, leading edge information and knowledge sharing among our membership, or to create a comfortable social environment where networking and peer recognition can be accomplished informally. 

  PSBTA offers a Recommended Educational Path for the Travel Industry.  Click here for more info.



As an affiliate of the Global Business Travel Association, PSBTA supports and recognizes the professional education programs they offer through the GBTA Academy.   

The GBTA Academy provides learning opportunities specific to the business travel management industry to improve your knowledge, learn best practices, and elevate your career. Whether you prefer online courses or a traditional classroom setting, you will find relevant and innovative business travel management education and training for every experience level.

What’s Included in the Academy:

Education Programs



First Ever Industry Certification

The Global Travel Professional™ (GTP)

Training Workshops and Webinars

GBTA Academy Workshops
GBTA Webinars

 PSBTA supports the pursuit of professional certification through the Global Business Travel Association, their programs, and their educational offerings. Annual scholarships are awarded to local high school seniors to pursue higher education in the hospitality or travel management field, and to association members to enable them to attend the annual national conference. GBTA also offers educational scholarships to a variety of programs on a case by case basis.  Please contact the Academy directly for additional details.

NetSmart(tm) is a web-based distance learning and educational program that allows GBTA Direct Members and Chapter Direct Members to participate in a live interactive forum on business travel industry issues and simultaneously view presentations.

    Global Travel Management Exchange Forums (GTMEF)
The GBTA Global Travel Management Exchange Forums (GTMEF) are small, highly focused, discussion groups. The GTMEF's provide global travel managers with the opportunity to meet with their peers and explore, in-depth, the global travel management topics and issues that are most important to them. 


Scholarship information from PSBTA.

Please click here for information about PSBTA sponsored scholarships.