General membership status shall be granted to all those who are currently employed, recently employed or plan to be employed in the San Diego region as a tour guide and/or as field staff for a tour operator, destination management company or tourism related business.

Written proof of employment and/or letters of recommendation by two San Diego Professional Certified Tour Guide members in good standing will be required for those with many years of experience who want to expedite the certification process.

For more information or questions, please check with the Membership Secretary when applying for membership.

Membership Classifications

General Member

Meets all membership eligibility requirements, but has not taken any part of the certification examination.

Accredited Hospitality Professional (AHP)

Meets all eligibility requirements and has passed the certification examination pertaining to airport meet & greets, shuttles, dispatching, registration and hospitality desks, dine-a-rounds, and guiding basics. See our Certification Page for additional details.

Certified Tour Guide (CTG)

Has passed all parts and sections of the certification written examination above AHP section as well as Part II, which covers historical facts, attractions and current events pertaining to San Diego city and county, Coronado and La Jolla, See our Certification Page for additional details.

Business Member

Any business or corporation that supports the goals of the San Diego Professional Tour Guide Association.

Honorary Member

Is a former long-standing member of the San Diego Professional Tour Guide Association who is retired or no longer works in the industry.

Membership Fees:

Annual Fees: $80 individual members, $105 business members.
Membership term is from January to December of each year.
Applications will be verified and approved by the Membership Secretary,
For more information please fill out our Contact Form.