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Get the job you will love and your friends will envy. Choose to earn your certification with the original and the best school. We do not imitate, we just do our certification programs better than anyone else.

If you are considering working as a Tour Director or Tour Guide, let the International Guide Academy help you get started.  Give us a call at 303-780-0131 and our company president will answer all your questions about this rewarding career and will tell you why this school's certification programs are your best option. You can also order a career-changing catalog by clicking here (or on the "catalog link" above) to provide you with all the information you may need to make an informed decision.

The International Guide Academy does not copy.  We innovate.  Others try to copy us.  IGA is the oldest (1973) and longest running school of its kind in the world.

The mission of the International Guide Academy is: dedication to the highest quality of service and education delivered with a sense of warmth, friendliness, pride and ethical behavior in all areas of the business.  We are committed to providing the best certification program in the world with an equal opportunity for all citizens of the world to join our programs. The International Guide Academy provides outstanding service to you before you enroll, during the certification program, and after you have earned your certification with us.

Founded in 1973,
the International Guide Academy is the most trusted training school of choice for today's motivated and knowledgeable professional people, offering Tour Director and Tour Guide certification programs. Our training features certified world-class instructors. You have a choice of multiple international training locations including training while at sea. Our certification program also includes free lifetime placement assistance and free newsletters. We offer the best tuition and housing costs in the industry, and our innovative training program includes motorcoach excursions where you will actually narrate your first tour.

We call ourselves International and we are. We are the only school offering you a choice of multiple training locations plus 9 years experience training while at sea on a cruise ship.

Our company mission is to continue as the best and most recognized educational institution in the field of Travel and Tourism in the world.

It is through our adherence to a strong code of ethics, honest representation, knowledge of the industry, our superb training program, our free lifetime placement assistance, and our commitment to consistent integrity that we have, for over 45 years, made our mark in this industry.
Our number one goal is our commitment to you as a student to provide the best educational experience and job placement support to you after your certification.

We are recognized throughout the industry as the foremost experts in the training, certification, and placement of International Tour Directors and Tour Guides.

We are Approved and Regulated by the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Private Occupational School Board.

What makes the International Guide Academy’s program stand out among all others is that you earn your certification. You cannot just show up for class to graduate, and hiring companies recognize this.

2019 is our 47th year in business, our 31st year in the United States, and our 10th year offering our program on board a cruise ship. The International Guide Academy has also held classes in Canada, Mexico, the South Pacific, Asia, the Caribbean, and Europe.

Don’t pay for placement. We provide Free Lifetime Job Placement Assistance for our graduates. While others might abandon you or charge you for an annual job fair, the International Guide Academy family delivers.  Look at our Graduates page and you will see a long list of successes for those that chose to earn their Certification with IGA.