New Courses for 2017
New York City
Saturday, October 28-Tuesday,31, 2017
Saturday, October 27-Tuesday, October 30, 2018
100% success rate in obtaining license through the NYCDCA
Thursday, November 2- Sunday, November 5, 2017
Thursday, November 1 - Sunday, November 4, 2018
Helps you prepare for the Washington, DC Guild's entrance exam
New York City Guide Course
Saturday, October 28 - Tuesday, October 31, 2017
This course visits museums, tourism attractions, neighborhoods and includes a class 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, October 28, and finish at 2 pm on Tuesday, October 31. 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.
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
Thursday, November 2 - Sunday, November 5, 2017
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 - no penalty for failure - this is just practice.
Bob Brennan: Experienced Guide and Teacher
I am offering courses for NYC and DC, as the passengers and the industry do insist that guides know where they are going, and what they are talking about. These cities are complex. 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.
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 testing. 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 twice per year, in the late fall - after fall foliage season) and early spring - before the busy Mid-Atlantic student season .