Categories & Fees

Professional Tour Guide

Tour guides and tour managers who have been engaged for a minimum of 60 days over the last year OR have been active as a guide in the industry for at least two years should apply for this category.

Distance Professional Tour Guide

For guides who meet the above criteria for Professional membership but live OUTSIDE the State of Victoria.

Affiliate Tour Guide

Is for tour guides who are new to the industry and who have limited experience. A guide who has successfully completed and obtained a certificate from a recognised tourism training program and who is just starting out would fit within this category.

Distance Affiliate Tour Guide

Tour guides who meet the criteria for Affiliate membership but who live OUTSIDE the state of Victoria.

Please Note: Affiliate/Affiliate Distance tour guides are normally expected to upgrade to Professional membership after one year of Affiliate membership, once they have gained the required practical experience.

Site Guide

If you are engaged as a guide at one particular site such as an art gallery, visitor centre, museum, sports complex or tourist attraction anywhere in Australia – then Site Guide is the membership category for you. Group assessments can be arranged for a number of guides working at the same site.

Student Tour Guide

Student membership provides inexpensive support and engagement opportunities for students enrolled in a tourism related course at a registered training organisation. All student members have access to the learning opportunities offered by the PTGAA including professional development sessions, familiarisation tours (famils) and social & networking functions at members’ rates. Upon completion of their course guides should upgrade to Affiliate membership so that they can seek work as a tour guide. Student guides should not be working as tour guides as they cannot be insured through our insurance scheme.

Guide of Australia Accreditation

For our most experienced guides we have bundled in with their PTGAA membership, Guide of Australia accreditation which is the highest level of accreditation available to guides in Australia. Through a sub-license agreement with Guiding Organisations Australia (GOA), PTGAA membership includes accreditation in one seamless transaction. This allows experienced guides to access the most attractive and cost effective Professional Tour Guide insurance available in the market (the more experienced the guide, the less likely they are to have an insurable incident).

Download the kit about the assessment process for both PTGAA membership and GoA accreditation

For details of the exclusive Professional Tour Guide Insurance offer click here

Membership Fees:

PTGAA memberships & Guide of Australia Accreditation Fees

Before applying for a guide category please read and ensure you are prepared to abide by the: The Australian Tour Guides Code of Conduct

To join the PTGAA, simply complete and submit this PTGAA online application form. 


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Latest News

Annual General Meeting Wednesday 20 September

All PTGAA members & their guests are welcome to attend the AGM on Wednesday 20th September at 5:45 for 6pm.

Victorian Society of Artists, 430 Albert St, East Melbourne.

The AGM is always an important date in our annual calendar. It is when the committee reports to you, the members on what has been achieved by your association in the last 12 months. 


Our guest speaker this year is Sheree Marris who will screen her documentary, Melbourne Down Under.

This stunning natural history documentary will take viewers on an incredible journey of discovery, revealing the city’s best kept secret, Port Phillip Bay, a vibrant and dynamic marine environment.





Skills Set – Certificate 111 in Tour Guiding Holmesglen Institute


Holmesglen Institute will again be conducting this popular course at their City Campus.

The course will start on 11July and run until 7September. It will be held on Tuesday & Thursday evenings (5.30 to 9.30) and two Saturdays.

This skills set will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to facilitate local and regional tours while awarding you nationally accredited units of competency.

Whilst updating your knowledge of Melbourne and Victoria, you will learn how to effectively manage and entertain a tour group and provide them with first rate commentary.

The program will be delivered at our city campus on St Kilda Road, (opposite the Shrine of Remembrance). There will be a number of off-campus activities including two full day excursion to ensure you get the hands on experience required to be industry ready. The skill set is taught by leading well-connected tour guiding professionals who are currently working in the industry.

For course detail: Contact 9564 1699