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Course Description

There has been a sharp increase in vacation destinations over the past 50 years. With that increase, the concept of timeshares has blossomed. Owning a timeshare allows travelers to occupy accommodations for a period of time each year. This long-term strategy has become a travel industry standard and has provided vacationers with an option to hotel stays. This 11-module course takes you from the history of the vacation timeshare industry through the process of buying and selling a timeshare. 

We begin by briefly examining where and how the concept developed. Then we'll discuss properties and characteristics of timeshare ownership. Module II provides guidance about where to find timeshares and preparing for a purchase. Next, we go through the process of buying a package. Modules IV, V and VI cover legal rights and responsibilities, the various types of ownership, and financial considerations. We move on to industry organizations you should know about. In Module VIII, you will learn about the scheduling aspects of timeshare ownership. We cover a variation of ownership called fractionals in Module IX.

Module X deals with exchanging and renting a timeshare unit. The series concludes with Module XI discussing important information about selling a timeshare. We include a glossary of common industry terms for reference. This course will give you a broad understanding of timeshare ownership, but does not contain every detail pertaining to this subject. Once you complete the course, we encourage you to discover as much as you can about this appealing concept of "owning your vacation."

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Topics

  • Module I - Timeshare Basics
  • Module II - Finding Your Timeshare
  • Module III - Buying Your Timeshare
  • Module IV - Legal Consequences
  • Module V - Ownership Types
  • Module VI - Financial Considerations
  • Module VII - Timeshare Organizations
  • Module VIII - Scheduling
  • Module IX - Fractional Ownership
  • Module X - Renting & Exchanges
  • Module XI - Selling Your Timeshare

Course Materials

All course material will be provided in the lessons and netlinks. There are no required materials to purchase before taking the class.

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a lesson review quiz along with one or two assignments. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define what a timeshare is and why you may or may not want to invest in it.
  • Find a timeshare.
  • Buy a timeshare.
  • Identify the legal consequences of owning a timeshare.
  • Describe ownership types.
  • Know financial considerations.
  • Identify timeshare organizations.
  • Schedule your timeshare.
  • Describe fractional ownership.
  • Know renting and exchanges in the timeshare market.
  • Sell your timeshare, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
Module I Assignment2
Quiz for Module I - Timeshare Basics20
Module II Assignment2
Quiz for Module II - Finding Your Timeshare20
Quiz for Module III - Buying Your Timeshare19
Module IV Assignment2
Quiz for Module IV - Legal Consequences20
Module V Assignment2
Quiz for Module V - Ownership Types19
Quiz for Module VI - Financial Considerations17
Module VII Assignment2
Quiz for Module VII - Timeshare Organizations19
Quiz for Module VIII - Scheduling20
Module IX Assignment2
Quiz for Module IX - Fractional Ownership17
Quiz for Module X - Renting & Exchanges20
Module XI Assignment2
Quiz for Module XI - Selling Your Timeshare20
Total Points:225

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