Training Opportunities for the New Guide
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A Tour de Force
A Tour de Force
P.O. Box 2782
Washington, D.C. 20013
Phone: (703) 525-2948
Certified Master Guide and Washington book author Jeanne Fogle offers tour guide training through three different programs – credit classes at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), professional short classes at First Class, Inc., and private tutorial sessions for small groups.
NOVA - Annandale Campus Travel and Tourism courses in the Hotel, Restaurant, Travel & Tourism Department (703-323-3457)
1. Two courses meet during Fall semester, and they are "Local History and Regional Tour Guiding I" and "Local History and Regional Tour Guiding II." Each course is 3-credits, meeting for 5.5 hours on Saturdays for 8 weeks, (only the first two classes are on campus; the other 6 are at downtown sites in Washington, DC). The first course begins the last week in August and continues through mid-October. The second course follows immediately, continuing until mid-December.
2. One course meets in the first half of the Spring semester (8 weeks, on Saturdays for 5.5 hours) and is entitled "Tour Managing."
First Class, Inc.- (202) 797-5102 - offers two short courses, every two months:
1. A two-hour seminar "Wanted: D.C. Tour Guides"-- Learn how to become licensed, who's hiring and who to contact. Find out how to cut through the red tape.
2. A two-hour seminar "DC Tour Guides: Prepare for the Licensing Exam" – Here you can build confidence through a 'Cliff Notes' session to help prepare for the city-administered licensing exam.
Guide Service of Washington Inc.
734 15th St. NW, Suite 701
Washington, DC 20005
Our eight week intensive training program, which begins in early January, is primarily intended for those who have no prior experience as a tour guide. You will obtain factual information by visiting over 50 sites either by metro, walking, or bus. Our trainers have extensive experience in the industry and have worked with groups of many sizes and diverse cultures and backgrounds. Our classes discuss presentation techniques, tour management, tour routing, and DC licensing requirements.
Our company has been in existence for over 40 years and is the oldest and largest tour company in the Washington, DC area. We are widely recognized by those in tourism as providing the most comprehensive training in the industry. We are the only company that provides both training and guaranteed assignments.
We begin our recruitment process in the fall of each year. Please contact our office in late September at 202-628-2842 to obtain more information about our program.
Description of Courses:
Tour Guide Licensing and Certification based in multiple cities.
Need help getting your New York City, Niagara Falls (Canada), or Washington, DC tour guide license? The process for getting your license for any of these cities can be confusing and appear very challenging. The instructions available on the official websites can often be far from clear and how do you know what you need to study?
Would you like to be certified by APT (Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides) to lead trips in Philadelphia? (The City of Philadelphia does not currently have a guide license requirement, but this could change in the future).
Currently Offered Courses:
- New York City Guide License Course: Class sessions and field trips. Test at conclusion of course. 99% pass rate. Offered 3-4 times per year at a cost of $395.00.
- Washington, DC Guide License Course: Class sessions and field trips. Test at conclusion of course. 99% pass rate. Offered 3-4 times per year at a cost of $395.00.
- Niagara Falls, Canada Guide License Course: Class sessions and field trips. Test at conclusion of course. 100% pass rate. Offered once per year in late February at a cost of $595.00 (includes lodging).
- Philadelphia Guide Certification Course: Class sessions and field trips. Offered 1-2 times per year. No License; Certification offered by the APT-Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides.
- Additional cities to be offered in the future.
Please visit website for specifics.
WashingTours & Events
1711 Massachusetts Avenue N.W., Suite 513
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 421-5160
Fax: (202) 986-7443
Web Site: www.washingtours.net
Description of Courses:
Tour Guide Training Programs based in Washington, DC (Note: Maricar Donato is certified as an international guide trainer by the World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations.)
"The Professional Tour Guide Training Program on How to Become a Washington DC Tour Guide - Track I"
This hands-on course prepares participants to sit for the Washington, DC license test, demonstrates world renowned best practices on guiding skills and techniques while conducting tours on foot, on-site, in places of worship, and in galleries. This intensive course runs 5 weeks, twice a week (45 hours). A DC Study Guide can be obtained to prepare for the DC License Test and themed discussion groups are formed outside of training hours.
"The Professional Tour Guide Training Program on How to Become a Washington DC Tour Guide - Track II"
This hands-on course emphasizes the 2-day Communications Skills Seminar. It offers basic guiding skills with the added feature of understanding the multilingual/multicultural dimensions of the city. It demonstrates best practices using group management techniques on-site as well as guiding with the use of a moving vehicle. This course runs 5 weeks (50 hours). A themed discussion study group is formed to prepare for the DC License.
Mini Session on “How to Sit for the DC License Test” is offered on-line.