2015 MEMBERSHIP CATEGORIES
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP- Individuals who function as tour guides, tour managers/directors, docents, instructors, and driver/guides for at least fifty (50) hours in the calendar year prior to application for membership, are eligible to become Professional Members. In order to continue in subsequent years as a Professional Member, an individual must remain significantly active professionally as a tour guide, tour manager/director, docent, instructor, and/or driver/guide, and/or pursue continuing professional education by means of attending or teaching at regular and/or special Membership educational meetings, seminars, tours, classes, and/or independent study, or a combination of these or substantially similar activities to sustain or improve professional qualifications. Professional Members no longer active as tour guides or otherwise not eligible to continue as Professional Members are eligible to become and continue as Associate Members for as long as they may wish.
ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP - Individuals seeking to become active as tour guides, tour managers/directors, docents, instructors, and driver/guides who have not yet satisfied the requirements for Professional Membership, former Professional Members, and any other persons interested in and supportive of the objectives and purposes of the Corporation, are eligible to become and continue as Associate Members as long as they may wish. Persons in this category of membership are eligible to convert to Professional Member at any time upon fulfilling the requirements to become or continue as Professional Members.
BUSINESS MEMBERSHIP - Corporations, partnerships, and other organizations and individuals not eligible for Professional Member and interested in and supportive of the objectives and purposes of the Corporation and involved in the tourism industry are eligible to become Business Members.
STUDENT MEMBERSHIP - Persons studying and preparing to become tour guides, tour managers/directors, instructors, docents, and driver/guides, by attending credited classes or pursuing credited independent study in tourism, are eligible to become and continue as Student Members upon such terms and conditions for such period or periods as may from time to time be approved by the Board of Directors for such individuals. The Membership Committee shall verify student status annually, and report the results to the Board of Directors.