Company Background: The International Guide Academy, Inc. of Denver, Colorado, USA is the most trusted worldwide recognized international training center specializing in training and certifying professional International Tour Directors and Tour Guides. The program was started in 1973 in Australia, and then the programs were conducted in Hong Kong and later in London. The company has been in the USA since 1988 and in 2007 expanded to holding courses in Mexico. In 2009, an International Tour Director certification program was conducted while at sea aboard the Norwegian Spirit. In 2010 the first program in Canada was held in Ottawa and our second program at sea aboard the Norwegian Dawn. Now, for 2018, IGA continues its program availability, with courses in Denver, CO; Seattle, WA; and Ft. Lauderdale, FL USA as well as aboard the Norwegian Breakaway for a 13 day Caribbean cruise and training.
The Academy instructors are all certified (CITM and/or CTG) in their respective fields and bring over 400 years of travel industry experience to the classroom. All of the instructors are International Guide Academy graduates and are currently employed as Tour Managers and/or Tour Guides, with several owning their own companies. All have international experience. Most of the instructors have a Master’s Degree or higher.
The concept of training and certification as an International Tour Manager or Tour Guide has been in place in many other parts of the world, for example: Israel, Italy, China, Costa Rica, etc. There are a few cities in the USA requiring certification/license for Tour Guides, such as: New York City, Savannah, Raleigh, New Orleans, and others.
IGA offers you the best value with the lowest tuition and housing costs, the best curriculum in the industry, and you can choose a location and timeframe that fits your schedule.
We are Approved and Regulated by the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Private Occupational School Board.