Va1 Cert 1

The Virgin Atlantic/GTMC Fares & Ticketing Courses have been developed by some of the travel industry’s top course writers. The result is a fresh contemporary approach and a thoroughness for which Virgin is famous. The objective is to provide training programmes leading to valuable qualifications that demonstrate professional competence on the part of the holder.


These are qualifications that not only improve the promotion and employment prospects of the student, but also help build the staff skills-base that will ensure the long term continued expansion of the wider tourism and travel sectors.


Launched in 2003, the courses set the standard in manual Fares and Ticketing training for people who want to enhance their travel industry skills or join the travel industry. Centres can run any of the flight booking courses below.


Click here for a link to the qualification specification.


Programmes overview

VA-1 introduces you to the world of the travel industry. By using extracts from selected industry publication, students will be taught how to price and document various itineraries, according to the customer’s requirements.


Course objectives

On completion of this module, students will be able to: 

  • Define IATA geographical areas and Global Routing Indicators.
  • Calculate fares applying the fundamental principles of the mileage system.
  • Identify differing fare types and their characteristics.
  • Select the lowest applicable fare for point to point itineraries with reference to fare rules.
  • Interpret various airline codings.
  • Construct fares using NUCs and the IATA Rates of Exchange for a range of currencies.
  • Identify all automated tickets, from tickets to ATBs and OPTAT/TAT and interpret all relevant information.
  • Interpret all MPDs/MCOs.


Duration & Cost

Option 1: 
2 hours X 2 days per week for 6 weeks: £390.00  + £50 one-off Registration Fee

Option 2: 
Saturday, 10:15am to 12:30pm for 12 weeks: £390.00  + £50 one-off Registration Fee


English Language requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate the following levels of proficiency in English language:

  • Cambridge IELTS (Academic Test): 6.0 or above (no less than 5.5. in any skill)
  • Cambridge English (Advanced): Grade C or above (no less than 'weak' for any skill)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic): 55 or above (No less than 51 in any skill)

If you do not hold an English language qualification, you can study the IELTS English course with us.

For more information or advice on English language requirements, please call our friendly Admissions Team on +44 (0) 208 947 1338 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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