Guide Member Categories & Benefits

Guild Guides
Guild Guides are licensed DC guides accepted into the Guild by the Board of Directors.  They are eligible to participate in education and training programs to earn continuing education units in order to advance to Guild Certified Guide.

Guild Certified Guides

Guild Certified Guides have been members of the Guild for at least one year and have fulfilled the prescribed Guild continuing education, training,  and attendance requirements. They are eligible to vote for and serve on the Board of Directors, and join the Certified Master Guide program.

Certified Master Guides (CMGs)
CMGs have at least five years of guiding experience and have pursued an in-depth course of academic and practical study before becoming eligible to take comprehensive written and oral examinations administered by the Guild.

Membership Benefits

The annual membership fee entitles all Guild members to be eligible for the following benefits:

  1. Participate in education events to increase your knowledge of local sites throughout Washington, DC and the surrounding areas;
  2. Participate in training programs to expand your skills and abilities as a tour guide.
  3. Attend Guild Member Meetings held 8 times per year at locations throughout the Washington, DC region.  These professional meetings offer the opportunity to network and share information and experiences with colleagues, hear from speakers who are experts in their field (relating to DC and the tourism industry), and initiate professional relationships.
  4. The Annual Showcase (Job Fair/Trade Show) which offers opportunities to be interviewed by Guild Affiliate Members (Tour Operators) for tour guiding jobs and to learn more about Guild members in the Friends category. 
  5. Access to the Guild's Membership Directory, a comprehensive listing of all Guild members. It includes addresses, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, and brief professional bios of each member. In addition, there is a list of Guild-Certified Foreign Language Guides. All Affiliate (Tour Operators) and Friends (businesses Guides visit with their tour groups) members are listed with brief descriptions of their organizations.
  6. The Capital Guide Online, a monthly newsletter with a calendar of upcoming Guild training and education programs.
  7. The Itinerary, a quarterly publication filled with articles of interest relating to the guiding profession, commentary and synopses of seminars, field trips, meetings, educational tours, and training workshops sponsored by the Guild.
  8. HireGuides4DC is an email posting of tour guide job opportunities requested by tour operators and the public.

Guides May Participate in the Following for Nominal Fees:

Continuing Education Programs:

  • Seminars, Education Events, Training Programs, Trips, Tours for all members
  • Certified Master Guide Program
  • Professional Development Program

Insurance: The Guild offers liability insurance through a group policy for those who choose to participate.

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