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|Join the Guild - Tour Guide Membership|
1. Become a DC Licensed Tour Guide
You must obtain a DC Tour Guide License from the DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, Occupational and Professional Licensing Administration by clicking here.
2. Apply Online for Guild Membership and Pay Dues
The application process must be completed in one sitting -- once you start the application process, you cannot leave the website and return to the site because your application is not saved. Applications for membership are reviewed at Board of Directors meetings, generally held the first Monday of the month. NOTE: The Guild Board does NOT meet nor review new member applications during the busy tour season April through June.
Do not begin the application process until you have the following scanned documents that you can upload:
You must also be ready to pay the required yearly dues at the time you submit your application.
Note: Reference letters must be signed, dated, and written by someone who has first-hand knowledge of the applicants’ skills as a guide (e.g., personal knowledge and direct observation and not what someone else has told them). Examples of good letters of reference include: (1) if the applicant took a course in guiding, a reference letter from the instructor describing the applicants’ skills first hand; (2) if the applicant has some guiding experience, a reference letter from the employer on business letterhead; (3) if a seasoned guide has observed the applicant guiding a tour group, a reference letter from the seasoned guide describing the applicants’ speaking and people skills; and (4) if the applicant has no guiding experience and has not taken courses in guiding, a reference letter from a former employer on business letterhead describing the applicants’ speaking and people skills.
3. Pass the Guild Tour Guide Exam
After steps 1 and 2 above have been completed, your Guild application will be reviewed by one of the Co-Chairs of the Guild’s Membership Committee (Barbara Longnecker and Debra Wiley). The Membership Committee will contact you and, if your application is complete, you will be provided with a link to the Guild’s study guide, “Resource Handbook for Guild Guide Candidates." This study guide is provided free of charge and will help you in preparing for the Guild test. You will also be given the name and email address of our Test Administrator (if your application is incomplete, the Membership Committee will advise you).
Questions concerning the application process should be directed as follows: