Categories & Fees

Professional Tour Guide $165pa

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 Professional Tour Guide $105pa

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

Guide of Australia Accreditation

For our most experienced guides (the two categories above) we have bundled in with their PTGAA membership, Guide of Australia accreditation ($45pa) 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 Public Liability and Professional Indemnity insurance available in the market (the more experienced the guide, the less likely they are to have an insurable incident).

Intermediate Tour Guide $120pa

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 (you don’t yet meet the experience requirements above).

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

There is no discount for Intermediate guides outside Victoria because of the provision of a mentor wherever 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 Corporate members also have unlimited free advertising through the PTGAA for tour guides. Your tour guides can also access PTGAA events at Members’ rates.

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 should upgrade to Intermediate membership so that they can seek work as a tour guide. Student guides should not work as tour guides as they cannot be insured through our insurance scheme nor do Student members have a profile on our Find-a-Guide service. However, Student members, as they do not work as tour guides, do not have to meet the stringent requirements of our assessment process.

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

If you do not work as a tour guide but 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, as they do not work as tour guides, do not have to meet the stringent requirements of our assessment process.


Potential Professional, Intermediate and Corporate members need to follow the assessment process to gain membership of the PTGAA.

However, Student and Industry members, as they are not working as guides, do not need to be assessed.

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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