GSTC Auditor Training Instanbul

GSTC Auditor Training

Dates: August 5-7, 2023 (3-day training)
Venue: Limak Eurasia Kavacık İstanbul
Language: English (Consecutive translation in Turkish)
Scope: GSTC Hotel Criteria and GSTC Tour Operator Criteria

GSTC Auditor Training involves training class and two tests. In the GSTC Auditor Training Class, the GSTC Industry Criteria will be explained with the process of audit and key issues auditors need to be aware of.

This GSTC Auditor Training in Istanbul is a public training: open to Certification Bodies and also independent participants.

More details about the GSTC Auditor Training and qualification requirements to become a GSTC Auditor can be found in section 10 of the GSTC Accreditation Manual v2.5.


GSTC Auditor Training

Certification Bodies will need to conform to the current version of the GSTC Accreditation Manual and have auditors and certification decision-makers that have specific knowledge of sustainable tourism and the GSTC Criteria.

To confirm auditors and certification decision-makers have the needed specific knowledge, they are required to attend an auditor training approved by the GSTC and satisfactory pass of an examination. This requirement cannot be initiated until after the Certification Body has formally opened their application for accreditation.


GSTC Certificate of Achievement

By completing the GSTC Auditor Training class, you will meet the training requirement towards earning the GSTC Certificate of Achievement.

For the GSTC Certificate of Achievement, two kind of tests are required.

  • Written Exam: Auditors who intend to work for the GSTC-accredited CB may take and pass the GSTC Auditor Exam (passing score: 85%). It will be via email with 1 week time for completing the answer sheet.
  • Field Performance Test: Auditors will deliver individual mock audit on a hotel and tour operators.


Dr. Mihee Kang 

Dr. Mihee Kang is the GSTC Director for the Asia Pacific region, as well as an authorized trainer and destination assessor. She has taught and researched ecotourism and sustainable tourism at several universities since receiving her Ph.D. degree in 1999 from Seoul National University. As the first Ph.D. in ecotourism in S. Korea and a UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserve (MAB) Young Scientists Awards 2000 winner, she has been involved in sustainable tourism policy development and sustainability assessments of various types of destinations in S. Korea and other countries over 20 years. She has served in both domestic and international organizations such as Korean Geopark Committee, Korea Islands Foundation, Korea Trails and Culture, Jeju World Heritage Committee, Korea Forest Education Committee, Asian Ecotourism Network, etc. She has actively participated in numerous research projects and ODA projects in Korea and abroad. Dr. Kang has published many articles and books including a recent book about ecotourism in Asian countries.

CO-TRAINER & Translator

Prof. Halil Burak Sakal

I am the Director of the Social and Strategic Studies Center at Cappadocia University. My areas of expertise include politics and economy, as well as water, environment, and energy management. I have worked in fieldworks and projects on the political economy of water, electricity, and natural resources, sustainable and competitive tourism development, and strategic planning. I have been a GSTC trainer and auditor (hotels) since 2022.

Guest Speakers

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Course Registration Fees

  • US$ 980
  • The registration deadline is July 30, 2023.

What’s Included

This fee includes the written exam and the mock-audit performance test.

Please note: The 2nd trial of the written exam is NOT included in the above course registration fee.