Training and Familiarization Trips to Popular Destinations
2017 Training Trips


New Courses for 2017
Please note that these cities are offered in paired dates - that is, you can attend both courses one after the other, if you wish. One day off in between to rest and or prepare.

New York City

Test and Familiarization Course

$495 - does not include lodging

Saturday, March 3 - Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Saturday, August  4, 2018 - Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Saturday, October 27-Tuesday, October 30,
2018

100% success rate in obtaining license through the NYCDCA
Study class/ practice test included in course

Washington,DC
$495 - does not include lodging

Thursday, March 8- Sunday, March 11, 2018
Thursday, August 9- Sunday, August 12,
2018
Thursday, November 1 - Sunday, November 4, 2018

Helps you prepare for the Washington, DC Guild's entrance exam
Study class/ practice test included in course


                                                                                     New York City Guide Course

     This course visits museums, tourism attractions, neighborhoods and includes a class and test on the study material. There is quite a bit of walking.  Accommodations , transportation, and meals are NOT included. I do encourage you to obtain a 7 day subway pass, if you are from out of town. We start at 2 pm on Saturday, March 3, 2018, and finish at 2 pm on Tuesday, March 6, 2018. This allows you to spend as few nights in town as possible. This is the most expensive destination in the US. When you decide to register for $195, I send you study materials. The material has been copyrighted; please do not share. New this year is a test that I administer to help you practice. No penalty for poor performance - just keep studying until you get it.
While you are on your own for accommodations, it is highly recommended to stay in Manhattan. We will be meeting with a representative from GANYC ( Guide Association of New York City ) as well. He or she will be able to go over the many benefits of joining this fine Association.
                                                                                    Washington, DC Guide Course
                                                                   
  This course covers much of what you need to know to successfully lead tours in DC. We go to every important Monument and Memorial, we go over timings ( esp. during busy spring season ), where groups can eat ( efficiently ), shopping, coach parking/pick-up/drop-off , and much more. Includes study material on DC that is very useful in preparing for the Washington, DC Guild's entrance exam.
New this year is a test that I administer that will help you learn and pass the DC Guild's entrance exam - no penalty for failure - this is just practice.

     Both courses give you the solid training you need to have the confidence to lead tours in these great American metropolises.
       

Bob Brennan: Experienced Guide and Teacher


I am offering courses for  NYC and DC. These cities are complex, and very different from one another. Once a person has visited a region at least once, they MAY be in a position to lead a tour there. Visiting two or three times before guiding is better yet. We are all different in our learning capabilities. These courses help you become familiar, confident, and proficient in a short period of focused time.

I have been a full time tour director/manager/guide since attending ITMI in Boston in 1995. I realized many people were being blocked from employment in these two cities because of difficulties with familiarity,knowledge, and test requirements. So, I decided to build a course that offered both mental and physical learning to facilitate the process of becoming a guide in these two cities. Both courses also involve a fair bit of walking.

The NYC and DC Courses visit the most frequented sites in a region, and provide subjects for commentary, which can vary substantially, based upon one's interests, areas of expertise, and what the focus of the tour is. They help you prepare for testing, which is required in NYC, and strongly encouraged in DC. We also cover coach routing, parking, pick ups and drop offs, food venues, and ,of course, where the bathrooms are!

Courses are limited in size and will be offered three times per year, in the late fall -  after fall foliage season, in the summertime - when many people are available, and early spring - before the busy Mid-Atlantic student season . A minimum of 6 students must be registered two months before class start date. Please do not make travel or accommodation arrangements before that time, unless you are able to cancel without penalty.