Making the World a Better Place Through Travel
CLASSES & ADMISSION
625 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Schedule of Classes
The ITMI Tour Guide / Tour Director Certification Program is 15 days long. Classes are taught in either San Francisco, Seattle, Boston or Washington D.C.
- October 10 to 25: SF
- November 28 to Dec. 12: SF *Nov. / Dec. Class Wait Listed
- February 13 to 27: SF
- March 27 to April 10: SF
- May 8 to 22: Boston
- July 10 to 24: SF
- September - On Board Cruise Ship Training: Dates to be Announced
- October 9 to 23: Wash D.C.
- November 27 to Dec. 11: SF
LIFETIME CAREER PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE
Tour Guides & Tour Directors
ITMI is committed to your success before and after graduation.
Interview Techniques - Role Playing
We realize that beginning a new lifestyle can feel stressful, and the interview process may seem daunting. Therefore, we have dedicated one segment of the course to interview technique role-playing, to ensure that you are familiar with the potential questions that the tour operators may ask. This segment also gets you prepared to join ITMI’s exclusive Symposium and Reunion.
ITMI will assist you in preparing your special tour director résumé, which will be completed prior to the end of the course.
A professional head shot for your résumé, will be taken prior to the completion of the class.
The cover letter that you send is just as important as your résumé. It tells the tour operator a bit more about you. Therefore, as part of your preparation and course work, a cover letter is reviewed to ensure that you have the right techniques to get hired.
Strategy Session – Action Plan
After successful completion of the course and graduation, a one-hour, individual, follow-up strategy session will be conducted with two of your primary instructors to discuss your overall performance. During this important one-on-one consulting session, your instructors will help you define your immediate and long-term goals, share feedback, and determine which tour operators will best meet your goals.
Approximately 45 days and 90 days after you graduate, one of your primary instructors will contact you to review the goals you defined when you graduated. You and your instructor will reassess and make any strategic changes necessary to ensure that you have been able to obtain employment as a tour director or guide.
Alumni Guidance / Counseling Days
Both in the office and classroom, our staff team members are there to encourage, support and help you strengthen your skills necessary to be successful long after you leave the training. Each month, we will post on our calendar counseling days. Alumni counseling days are designed especially for you. Prior to the appointment, you will be asked to fill out a graduate follow-up form. It will help the team member determine the next steps to further your career goals.
ITMI partners with more than 700 tour companies in North America and around the World. Tour operators contact us every day with specific employment opportunities. We pass those on to you throughout the life of your career.
Although we do as much as we can to assist you, we cannot guarantee employment. ITMI is always available to assist you should you experience any challenges on the road or in gaining employment.
ITMI Annual Symposium and Reunion
For almost three decades, ITMI has been hosting a one-of-a-kind event exclusively for ITMI alumni. It is designed for you with educational opportunities to strengthen your personal and professional development. Motivational Speakers, Interactive Panel Discussions and Complimentary Pre / Post FAM Tours provide you with additional destination knowledge, and if desired, exclusive opportunities are available for Roundtable, face-to-face Interviews with tour operators who come each year to find the right person for employment opportunities in the coming season and beyond.
A Trusted Brand
We are proud of the fact that ITMI is a trusted brand in the industry. Our tour operator partners hire more ITMI alumni because of our commitment to hands-on skills training and the overall thoroughness of our program. They also realize how many ways we stay in touch with our graduates. By understanding their company’s mission and getting to know our graduates really well, we are able to recommend just the right person for their company’s needs.
ITMI Cornerstone Commitments to Our Alumni
ITMI is committed to providing you the education, skills and certification needed to become a professional tour director and guide.
The education you have experienced during your training is second to none and will continue throughout your travel career. Because of ITMI’s 40 years of unparalleled training and the success of you and your colleagues "on the road", we are proud to say that you are the most sought after tour directors and tour guides in the world.
We strive to continue our ongoing partnership with you by following your career path, with available guidance hours each month, graduate follow-up reviews, social media, and technology support. We know what you want to check off your “bucket list.” Our reputation is based upon this mutual partnership with you.
Upon graduation, you become a member of the ITMI Community. ITMI is the world’s largest network of tour directors and guides. Stay connected through all our social media avenues and join us each year at the Annual ITMI Symposium and Reunion.
ITMI champions your accomplishments as you become a successful tour director and guide through the alumni profiles. We showcase your travels and encourage you to share pictures and stories of your life on the road with your colleagues.
Keep us updated about your mailing address and any changes to your email.
Remember, each year after graduation, you are eligible to attend our 5-day Annual ITMI Symposium and Reunion. Come to share your wisdom, be a part of continuing education sessions, receive destination knowledge, join networking opportunities and enhance your resume through employment opportunities with a wide variety of ITMI tour company partners.
Help us support you through Outreach; as tour directors and guides we know you make a difference by creating cultural bridges of understanding everyday. In Outreach we want to detail your efforts thru inspirational stories in your various roles as stewards of the environment and how you give back to your local community, help you generate awareness of issues affecting our global community and acknowledge your efforts to better our world. #ITMIMakesADifference