Classes

Classes

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: Ft. Lauderdale, FL; and aboard the NCL Joy for a Panama Canal Crossing.

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 for over 45 years. Earning your certification with IGA will give your resumé a competitive global edge.

TOUR DIRECTOR COURSE:

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 motorcoach 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.

December 7 – 15, 2019DenverIn Session. We look forward to seeing you in 2020!
January 18 – 26, 2020DallasClick here to enroll now
March 14 – 22, 2020DenverClick here to enroll now!
April 25 – May 3, 2020Denver
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June 20 – 28, 2020DenverClick here to enroll now!
August 8 – 16, 2020DenverClick here to enroll now!
October 9 – 24, 2020Aboard the NCL Joy with a Panama Canal CrossingClick 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 a shorter time frame. 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 $1,795 for a total of $1,895.

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.

TOUR GUIDE COURSE:

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 2020 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 $2590. 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 and 2020 courses.

Class size is limited and we do not overbook.

Questions?
Email us at info@bepaidtotravel.com or call: 303.780.0131

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