Alaska Tourism and Hospitality Education Resources

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Distance Learning

ACE via Travel Alaska

Description: Designed for you, the Travel Professional, to help you become more familiar with all Alaska has to offer, to provide additional resources to you, to help you become the Alaska Certified Expert, a real ACE able to assist your clients in creating the Alaska trip they have been dreaming of. [Access Resource]

IATA Training and Development Institute

Description: The International Air Transport Association is the trade association for the world’s airlines, representing some 250 airlines or 84% of total air traffic. They support many areas of aviation activity and help formulate industry policy on critical aviation issues.

IATA Training and Development Institute trains more than 95,000 professionals and students each year. Their 200+ courses are developed around IATA’s areas of expertise and commitment to promoting industry standards worldwide. Training is available in classroom, in-company, and distance learning formats. [Access Resource]


Description: provides live and recorded webinars on marketing, internet marketing, social media, branding, sales, packaging and other “hot” relevant topics. [Access Resource]

College & University Programs

Distance Learning at UA

Description: The three main campuses of the University of Alaska System provide undergraduate and graduate degrees, certificates, occupational endorsements and courses, which may be completed entirely online or in blended formats. [Access Resource]

UAA – Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts

Description: The Culinary Arts program produces graduates who are not just prepared for entry-level work positions in the rapidly expanding and varied food service, hospitality and tourism industry, but also graduates who can quickly advance in career opportunities because of their formal training and education. [Access Resource]

UAA – Associate of Applied Science in Professional Piloting

Description: Professional pilots need knowledge of aerodynamics, aircraft engine and system operation, aircraft operating limitations and performance, weather and atmospheric processes, as well as navigation and communication methods. This degree program prepares graduates for careers in professional flying. [Access Resource]

UAS – Outdoor Studies

Description: The certificate in Outdoor Skills and Leadership is an intensive nine-month humanities program that offers students the opportunity to better understand their relation to the natural world and to develop skills and characteristics that are essential to success as an individual, a group member, and a leader in outdoor and adventure settings. [Access Resource]

UAS – Alaska Native Studies

Description: Examine modern and historical material from diverse perspective. Seek an understanding of what it means to live in Alaska today. Connect with the lands, languages, and peoples of Southeast Alaska. [Access Resource]

UAS – Marine Transportation

Description: Make your living on the high seas – or the more sheltered waters of Southeast Alaska! Either way, UAS has the coursework needed to set you on the path to a successful maritime career. Using a combination of seatime and maritime classes, taken at either the UAS Ketchikan or Juneau campus, you can advance from Deckhand to Third Mate. Check out our career paths below to see which one best fits your personal needs. [Access Resource]

Alaska Pacific University – Outdoor Studies

Description: The B.A. in Outdoor Studies prepares students for careers in outdoor recreation and education through expedition and classroom learning. Outdoor Studies is an interdisciplinary degree drawing on courses throughout the university in order to address issues with regional, national, and global importance. Professional competencies are built into the program leading to successful placement of graduates in a range of outdoor and environmental services, operations, and organizations. [Access Resourse]

Alaska Pacific University – Sustainability Studies

Description: The Sustainability Studies major explores the relationship between humans and the environment through an interdisciplinary curriculum. This Alaska-based program encourages you to explore Alaska’s cultural and ecological diversity and directly experience the strong connections between the landscape and its communities. Focusing on the ‘triple bottomline’ of sustainability, students draw together studies addressing people, the planet, and the economy. [Access Resource]

Live Courses & Seminars


Description: AlaskaHost is a statewide customer service training program designed for employees of the hospitality and visitor services industry. The core of the AlaskaHost program trains participants in how to provide quality customer service for both residents and visitors to Alaska. [Access Resource]

Alaska Tour Guide Training Program

Description: Alaska Tour Guide Training is a 2 1/2 day workshop that generates economic activity in communities by helping residents get hired as tour guides and helping guides start their own tour businesses. The curriculum explores the elements that make up a successful and compelling tour.

The training provides hands-on practice working with different learning styles of guests and meeting visitor expectations. The art of interpretation and telling a story rests at the core of this training program. [Access Resource]


Description: The Alaska Native CulturalHost Seminar is a comprehensive training program designed with assistance from the Cook Inlet Tribal Council to provide a greater understanding and appreciation of Alaska Native culture for workers within Alaska’s hospitality and tourism industry. The course covers:

-Discussion of the meaning of culture,
-Overview of the main Alaska Native groups
-Detailed presentations on the culture and characteristics of Alaska Native groups

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Description: Alaska CHARR’s Training Department offers the most comprehensive alcohol server and food safety training programs in Alaska. They have a network of over 40 instructors across the state to provide the best coverage and training possible.

Courses Offered:
-Training for Alcohol Professionals
-Certified Food Protection Manager

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Alaska Small Business Development Center

Description: The Alaska Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides no-cost advising services and low cost educational programs to entrepreneurs looking to start or grow their small business. The Alaska SBDC business advisors work with entrepreneurs in confidential, one-to-one sessions and learning center courses in the areas of management, marketing, sales, finance, accounting and other disciplines required for small business growth, expansion and innovation. SBDC hubs are located in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Ketchikan, Wasilla, and the Kenai Peninsula. Sessions Include Starting a Business, Building a Successful Website, Legal Aspects: LLCs, and many more. [Access Resource]


New Alaska Cooperative Marketing Opportunities are Now Available

There are a variety of options for your business or organization to leverage Alaska’s national marketing campaign to reach highly qualified potential visitors. See what’s available on the Coop Marketing Programs page.