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.
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
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.