Tour Guide Membership
Guild Guides are licensed guides accepted into the Guild by the Board of Directors. They are eligible to take continuing education programs, gain participation points for Guild service, and work towards advancement.
Guild-Certified Guides have been in the Guild for at least a year and have fulfilled the prescribed Guild continuing education and attendance requirements. They are eligible to vote for and serve on the Board of Directors, and join the voluntary Certified Master Guide program.
Certified Master Guides (CMGs)
CMGs have at least five years of guiding experience and have pursued an in-depth course of academic and practical study before becoming eligible to take comprehensive written and oral examinations by the Guild.
The annual membership fee entitles all Guild members to be eligible for the following benefits:
- Membership Directory, a comprehensive listing of all Guild members. It includes addresses, phone and fax numbers, e-mail addresses, and brief professional bios of each member. In addition, there is a list of Guild-certified Foreign Language Guides. All Affiliate and Friends members are listed with brief descriptions of their organizations.
- The Capital Guide, an informative monthly newsletter with a calendar of events and articles relating to the profession, updates of new facts, as well as commentary and synopses of seminars, field trips, and workshops sponsored by the Guild.
- HireGuides4DC, a program of job postings on the Guildguides Yahoo group.
- Guild-Side Chats, regular get-togethers for free-form discussions on chosen topics.
- The Biennial Showcase (Job Fair/ Trade Show) which offers opportunities to be interviewed by Guild Affiliate Members for guiding jobs and to learn more about Guild members in the Friends category.
- Guild Business Meetings (8 annually) which offer opportunities to network, share information and experiences with colleagues, hear from interesting speakers, and initiate professional relationships. These meetings are held at various sites of interest to the profession.
Guild guides may also participate in several two-way communication channels:
1. GuildGuides, a Yahoo group for need-to-know postings relating to Guild activities and heppenings that affect daily tour guiding.
2. DCguides, a Yahoo group for discussion of topics of general interest to tour guides.
3. GPTG Facebook, a closed group for sharing photos and information.
Guides May Participate in the Following for Nominal Fees:
Continuing Education Programs:
- Seminars, trips, tours for all members
- Certified Master Guide Program
- Professional Development Program
Insurance: The Guild offers liability insurance through a group policy for those who choose to participate.