Education > Overview

The Chicago Business Travel Association offers educational and networking opportunities throughout the year. These opportunities include:

  • Quarterly meetings & seminars that offer insight in today’s "Hot Topics" in the Travel & Meetings Industry.

  • Direct member roundtables that provide an open forum for Travel & Meeting buyers.

  • Education Day with in depth discussion by panels of experts in the areas that mean the most to you!

Ongoing Education

As an affiliate of the National Business Travel Association, Chicago BTA supports and recognizes the professional education programs they offer. Currently, education is focused in 4 concentrated areas:

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

Certified Corporate Travel Executive (CCTE)
The CCTE Program is designed for business travel management professionals who want to enhance their knowledge, skills and productivity.
  Travel Management Exchange Forums (TMEF)
NBTA's Travel Management Exchange Forums offer members an opportunity to learn how successful travel professionals are creating new business models by reshaping their travel programs, creating new ones, and transforming their internal organizations.

Global Travel Management Exchange Forums (GTMEF)
The NBTA 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 Opportunities
Chicago BTA supports the pursuit of professional certification through the National Business Travel Association’s programs and educational offerings.  Due to our affiliation with NBTA, IBTM (Institute of Business Travel Management) and the CPC (Chapter President’s Council) we are able to offer educational scholarships for a variety of programs in addition to our local Chicago BTA scholarships. 
For further information on scholarships, please contact Rebecca Enk at 312-474-3139 or

The Institute of Business Travel Management (IBTM)
An affiliate of NBTA, the IBTM, offers several educational scholarship opportunities  to a variety of programs, including those listed above and independent studies. 

Chapter Presidents Council
CPC scholarship grants are awarded to qualified individuals to pursue involvement in the education programs or membership within the National Business Travel Association.