For members with at least 2 years of experience as a tour guide who wish to become Certified Guides and enjoy extra benefits of the TGAT: the ability to use “TGAT Certified Guide” in your promotional materials and in your correspondence, an enhanced listing in the Guide Directory designed to attract clients to your services, and a discount on annual membership renewals, there is a simple process to becoming certified.
The path to TGAT Guide Certification is in four steps, the first two can be completed in either order, followed by steps three and four.
Each step is outlined below...
1) Pass Local Knowledge Test
2) Attend 4 TGAT Educational Events
3) Complete In-Person Assessment
4) Pay the $100 Certification Fee
We require Certified Guides to be actively engaged in the profession and demonstrate the willingness to continue developing their skills. Members that do not, are at risk of losing their certification status and returning to the Guide level.
The most important factor in maintaining your certification is by attending at least 2 Educational Events per year with credit given for attendance at more than 2 events in the previous year counting towards the next. So if you attended 3 Educational Events in 2021, you may count one of those towards your 2 required in 2022 in order to maintain your certification.
Additionally, if a Certified Guide performs an In-Person Assessment for a member seeking certification they can substitute it for attending an Educational Event!
Those members who were certified before 2020 are “grandfathered in” and are exempt from this requirement of attending 2 Educational Events per year, but are encouraged to take advantage of this professional development.