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Let the International Guide Academy, the leading global provider of Tour Director, Tour Manager, and Tour Guide certification programs since 1973 give your career the direction it deserves. When you earn your certification with the International Guide Academy, you receive free lifetime job placement assistance. IGA has their Headquarters in Denver, Colorado and the currently announced programs are available in Denver, CO; Dallas, TX: and Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  We have other locations scheduled as well for 2019/2020 including aboard an NCL cruise ship.

The standards for learning and earning your certification are designed to focus on the skills you will need most in the real-world of Tour Directing.

It is important to note that, based on the current hospitality industry standards, the professions of Tour Director (Tour Manager) and Tour Guide require different training, knowledge and certifications. IGA has been doing this since 1973. Earning your certification with IGA will give your resumé a competitive global edge.


This course is intended for you if you are seeking certification as a Tour Director or Tour Manager. People working as Tour Directors within the USA or other countries travel from city to city, state to state, country to country, with responsibilities for the smooth flow of a multi-day tour. Assignments can include motor coach travel, cruise ship travel and trains. Scroll down this page for schedule and cost of program.
What will you learn? The beginning modules in this certification program include Travel Industry Terminology, a look behind the scenes as to how tours are put together and marketed by Tour Operators, Industry Trends, Profile of a Tour Manager/Director and your Pre-tour Departure Preparations. After this foundation your program covers Public Speaking, Airline and Airport Procedures, Baggage Handling and Control, Client Welcome preparation, content and delivery, Hotel Arrivals and Departures, Motorcoach Commentary, Cultural Practices, Being Environmentally Aware on Tour, How to Research, Leisure Days on Tour, City Tours (working with the local Tour Guide or doing it yourself), Motorcoach Travel, Destination Itinerary Planning, Discussion with a Motorcoach Driver and Teamwork, Optional Excursions (what they are, how to present them, operate them and money handling), when available a Tour Operator speaks with the class, Group Psychology, Passenger Emergencies, Industry Networking, preparing your resume, telephone interview techniques as well as Hiring Companies and their practices are identified.

All graduates receive a book specially prepared for that specific class which covers Getting Hired, over 150 specific Tour Operators that are looking to hire IGA graduates plus Cruise Lines contact information. Throughout the program, the participants are video recorded with copies to each student, role playing, actual motorcoach travel is included and more. All students are also given an interview to practice your skills.  With IGA you learn by doing.

ALL programs are taught in English.

The following International Tour Director courses and Tour Guide courses will be held in the Denver Metro area, Dallas, Ft. Lauderdale, and/or aboard an NCL cruise ship.

September 21 - 29, 2019   Ft. Lauderdale       Click here to enroll now!

October 19 - November 2, 2019     Aboard the NCL Dawn     Click here to enroll now!

 December 7 - 15, 2019    Denver    Click here to enroll now!

January 21 - 29, 2020     Dallas     Click here to enroll now!

March 14 - 22, 2020    Denver    Click here to enroll now!

Additional classes are being scheduled for 2020.

We offer the lowest tuition and housing costs, the best curriculum in the industry, and you earn your certification in the area you wish without being forced to take unnecessary programs as a prerequisite. Lower cost and highest quality certification. Could you ask for anything more?

Terms & Conditions:  Registration fee for the International Tour Director Course is $100 and the tuition is $1,695 for a total of $1,795.

Class content is the same in all programs but course length varies due to length of the class day such as a shorter class day in Mexico (when held) and a longer class day on the cruise ship. Denver, Dallas, and Ft. Lauderdale Courses are 9 calendar days in length. The Cuernavaca (Mexico) Course is 13 calendar days in length. Class onboard the Norwegian Cruise Lines ship is between 12 and 15 days with 6 days of class while at sea (no class is held while in ports).

Denver, Dallas, and Ft. Lauderdale classes and motorcoach training begin on a Saturday, and end on the following Sunday. In addition to time spent in the classroom, you will participate in a motorcoach training trip and spend time outside of the classroom doing research individually and in small groups. Instructors are available for these individual and small group activities.  You are free to arrange your own housing.  In Denver if you wish, IGA has rooms available onsite for $89 per night plus tax; Dallas is $100/night; and Ft. Lauderdale is $99/night plus taxes.  Breakfast every morning is included in these prices at all properties.  Feel free to call for details.

This course is intended for you if you want to work as a local Tour Guide. Tour Guides are knowledgeable within a specific locality such as a city, region, state or a specific geographic area. They provide walking tours, step-on guide service, local driver guide, on-site tours and may work special events, "meet and greets", etc. They are rarely away from home overnight. Scroll down for tuition costs.

What will you learn? The beginning modules in this certification program include Travel Industry Terminology, Tourism Industry Overview, Types of Assignments for Tour Guides, Conduct and Ethics, Dress Codes, Leadership, Commentary Skills, Research, Presentation Formats, Teamwork, Physical Aspects of Guiding, Public Speaking, Group Welcomes, Your Role as the "Local Expert", Industry Relationships, In-class Presentations and On-the-Road Presentations, Hiring Companies and their practices are identified and address the class, and more.... With IGA you learn by doing.

IGA is pleased to offer you a 5-day Tour Guide program annually.  Check back for our 2019 dates.
Tour Guide class: This course is intended for those wishing to work as a Tour Guide. Tour Guides are knowledgeable within a specific locality such as a city, region, state or a specific geographic area. They provide walking tours, step-on guide service, local driver guide, on-site tours and may work special events, "meet and greets", etc. They are rarely away from home overnight. Scroll down for tuition costs.  Classes are 8;00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. every day.

Day One:  All day in classroom. 

Day Two:  All day in classroom.

Day Three: All day in classroom.
Day Four:  Walking tour through the area and written exam in the afternoon.
Day Five:  Motorcoach traveling with students providing narration in the morning.  We return to the classroom to go over the written exam and to award Certifications.
Terms & Conditions: Registration fee for the Tour Guide Course is $100 and the tuition is $695 for a total of $795.

Take both courses back-to-back (when offered) and receive a tuition discount.  This means you can take the Tour Director and Tour Guide courses (when offered) for only $2490.  Both courses are independent of each other and lead to separate career paths. They do, however, complement each other. Course content is different in both classes offered.

Tour Operators, Cruise Lines, Motor Coach companies, and Meeting Planning Companies hire our Certified International Tour Directors.

Destination Management Companies, Visitors Bureaus, Tour Guiding Companies, Event Planners, and Hotels hire our Certified Tour Guides.

Personal and Cashier's Checks, PayPal, and credit cards are accepted. Each course carries its own certification leading to rewarding careers. All books, materials, etc. required are included in the tuition. Lifetime job placement assistance is available free for all of our graduates.

Consider checking with your tax accountant or advisor to see if you are eligible for the IRS's Lifetime Learning tax credit.

We are accepting registrations in all of the scheduled 2019 courses.

Class size is limited and we do not overbook.

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Class April 2017

The April 2017 Tour Director Graduates.

Class January 2017

Some of our January 2017 Tour Director Graduates

Class August 2016

Tour Director Class August 2016

Class June 2016

Our June 2016 graduates.

Class April 2016

April 2016 Students

Class December 2015

December 2015 Tour Director Graduates

Cruise Class 2015

The 2015 Class Aboard the NCL Dawn

April Class 2015

The April 2015 Tour Director Class visiting Red Rocks Amphitheater

Class March 2015

The March 2015 Students

Class Dec 2014

The December 2014 Graduates

Cruise Class 2014

Class aboard the NCL Dawn November 2014

Class Ft. Lauderdale 2014

Members of the 2014 Ft. Lauderdale Tour Director Class

TD March 2014

  March 2014 Graduates in Denver

Cruise 2013

IGA class onboard the NCL Dawn 2013

September 2013

The Ft. Lauderdale Class from September 2013

Class August 2013

The August 2013 Tour Director Graduates!

Class June 2013

June 2013 Graduates

TG DA May 2013

May 2013 Tour Guide and New England Destination Awareness Class

Group December 2012

Congratulations to the December 2012 Tour Director Graduates!

Cruise 2012

2012 Certification at Sea Graduates.

Group September 2012

Members of the September 2012 Tour Director program at Red Rocks Amphitheater

Imed Abdullah

Students come from all over the world.  Above is IGA President Daniel Slater with Abdullah from Morocco and Imed from Tunisia.

Group August 2012

Some members of the August 2012 Tour Director course on a break in Georgetown, CO during the motorcoach narration portion of the course.

June 2012 Graduates

Tour Director Graduates, June 2012

Class December 2011 State Line

IGA Tour Director students on a training tour in December 2011.

Cruise 2011 Grads

October 2011 graduates onboard the NCL Star.

TM August 2011 class

Tour Director Graduates August 2011

2009 cruise

The first IGA class held onboard the NCL Dawn.

Learning while doing

At IGA you learn by doing.  Above are students learning narration skills on a moving motorcoach.

June 2010

         You EARN your certification at IGA.

Hotel 1

Students getting hands-on training about hotel procedures.