Being certified brings a higher level of value to my business. It tells my clients that I am highly trained and an expert in the cruise industry and that they can trust my ability to recommend the perfect cruise for them.
     – Gail McLeod, MCC, Cruise Planners

CLIA Certifications

CLIA’s certification programs elevate your personal and professional brand, and are also an important consideration for vacationers when selecting a travel agent.

CLIA’s completely revamped certification programs feature enhancements to our existing ACC, MCC and ECC certifications, as well as the Certified Cruise Counsellor (CCC) certification launched in 2016 that is geared toward new travel agents and career explorers.

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Enrollment in these certifications is exclusive to current CLIA Individual Agent Members (IAMs) and CLIA’s Career Seascape provides a variety of options for completing your certification requirements through live instructor-led training, online courses, and webinars. There is no better way to elevate your personal and professional brand and be recognized as a true cruise selling professional than to earn your CLIA certification.

Which CLIA Certification is right for you? Click here to see the Certification Roadmap.


CLIA was the only entity that I found had the recognition across the industry, and Certifications specific to the "Cruising Industry!" That is my calling and I want customers, clients and suppliers to know I am committed to being the best agent for them as well as myself. CLIA Certifications shout that! Our agency's reputation is built on ethics and personalized service....certifications open the door for that to be known. My experience has been a wonderful journey and I would recommend this body of knowledge to all who are serious about the cruising industry!
     – R. Dennis McClelland, CAE, RCE, CMP, MCC
        CoOwner / McClelland Travel

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All New Career Counseling Service

If you need assistance choosing the right program, we invite you to take advantage of CLIA's all new Career Counseling services and book an appointment to speak with our Professional Development and Training team. Click here to schedule an appointment or here to learn more about the program.

CLIA Designations on Hiatus

CLIA is working to develop a robust list of certifications and certificates in support of our member’s professional development and advancement of the cruising industry. The identified designations below are still valid for those who have achieved the level or are currently enrolled, however, at this time, we are not accepting new enrollments for the following:

  • Luxury Cruise Specialist (LCS)
  • Accredited Cruise Manager (ACM)
  • Elite Cruise Counsellor Scholar (ECCS)

Please contact with any questions.