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

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

PTGAA Learning Day 21st April

Our first 2017 Learning Day is shaping up to be a corker so lock in Friday 21st April now. The day will run from 9:30 am until 3pm and will be held at the Royal Historical Society of Victoria’s HQ at 239 A’Beckett St, Melbourne.

The program includes

  • Fiona Sweetman, Founder and CEO of the very successful Hidden Secrets Tours, will talk about the structure of the Tourism Industry and how jobs for guides come about. Fiona will also cover how to improve your marketing.
  • Travellers Aid will be telling us all about their long-standing organisation – one of Melbourne’s little known resources which can be the ace up every tour guide’s sleeve.
  • Metro Rail will be outlining the work over the next 9 years in central Melbourne as they start to tunnel under Melbourne to create our next underground rail service. The logistics of this huge project are fascinating and the work will impact on tour guiding in Melbourne for many years.
  • Also an update on all things to do with membership of PTGAA.

And don’t forget that the RHSV’s exhibition Remembering the ‘Burbs: 1850-1960 will be available for you to check out during the lunch hour or after the Learning Day.

Cost which includes lunch and morning tea:

Members $35

Non-members $45.

To RSVP please email our Professional Development Officer, Bronwyn Wilson on

And transfer your payment to the PTGAA bank account:

Bank Account Details:


BSB                 033086

Account No     152048