Categories & Fees

Prof. Tour Guide, with Guide of Australia Accreditation $165pa

Plus for new Members – a once only fee – for your Assessment & the Guide of Australia Accreditation $150

Experienced tour guides and tour managers should apply for this category.

The minimum experience required for this category is:

  • 100 days of experience as a tour guide throughout your career or
  • 60 days in the past year


  • a completed certificate course from a Recognised Training Organisation in guiding, tourism or other equivalent course
  • PLUS 3 months of tour guiding experience


  • 30 days of guiding work after completing your Cert III or Cert IV

Distance Prof. Tour Guide, with Guide of Aust. Accreditation  $105pa

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

For our most experienced guides (the two categories above) we have bundled in with the PTGAA membership, the Guide of Australia accreditation which is the highest level available in Australia. Renewal of membership includes the accreditation in one seamless transaction. This allows experienced guides to access the most attractive and cost effective Public Liability and Professional Indemnity insurance available in the market (Insurance industry recognises that the better qualified and the more experienced the guide, the less likely they are to have an insurable incident).

Intermediate Tour Guide $120pa

This is for tour guides who are new to the industry and who have limited experience. A guide who has successfully completed a certificate course from a recognised tourism training program and who is just starting out would fit within this category. Or a guide who have worked in the industry for some time. (usually for the first year or until meeting the experience requirements).

Intermediate tour guides are provided with a mentor for one year and are then expected to be able to upgrade to Professional membership, having gained the required practical experience.

Intermediate guides are provided with a mentor where possible, no matter where you live.

Corporate Tour Guide $250pa

If you are a tour guide and /or a tour operator who engages other guides then you should consider Corporate Membership. The advantages of Corporate membership are that any guides engaged by you can access discounted membership and events at Members rates.

PLUS: Corporate members are offered unlimited free advertising for tour guides.

Student Tour Guide $40pa

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 Student guides will be upgraded to Intermediate membership so that they can seek work as a tour guide. If a Student guide wants to work as tour guide during their training period, then they should upgrade to intermediate, and take out insurance. This will also allow for a profile on our Find-a-Guide service.

Industry Membership (Individual $120pa, Organisation $500pa)

If you work in an allied industry (eg tourism-training, government bodies, tourism peak bodies and industry associations) you are eligible to become an Industry member. Industry members, do not have to meet the requirements of our assessment process for Tour Guides.


Potential Professional, Intermediate and Corporate members are encouraged to gain membership by completing the PTGAA assessment process.

Download the kit for 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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