International Tour Management Institute (ITMI)

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Tour Director / Guide Certification Program


2018 Tuition

  • Total tuition for classes in the 2018 academic year is $3,900 USD (United States Dollars)*

2019 Tuition

  • Please note that tuition for the 2019 academic year will increase to $4,100 USD*

Schedule of fees :

  1. Upon acceptance to the 15-day ITMI program, a $200 non-refundable registration fee will be due.
  2. After notification of acceptance, an enrollment contract will be mailed to you to sign and return within 14 business days to ITMI with a $500 deposit (your first tuition payment).
  3. Approximately 60 days before your programs start date, the remaining Tuition Fee – $1,450 for Part I.
  4. At the beginning of the Part 2, the second half of the Tuition Fee – $1,950.

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and Personal / Cashiers Check are accepted.



  • Lifetime Placement Assistance.
  • The ITMI office and team of instructors are available to alumni throughout the year to answer questions, conduct graduate counseling, connect you with up to date job opportunities, offer master classes, Symposium - our annual education, networking & job opportunity conference and more.
  • Lifetime Professional Development.
  • Introduction to local Professional Associations to further your connections with Certified Professionals in your area. Associations include: National Federation of Tour Guide Associations (NFTGA), World Federation of Tour Guide Associations (WFTGA), Student Youth Travel Association (SYTA), the Guild of Professional Tour Guides of Washington D.C., Guides Association of New York City, San Francisco Tour Guide Guild (SFTGG), Utah Tour Guide Association, Chicago Tour Guide Professional Association and more...
  • Professional head shot during class, you may also get an updated photo for the lifetime of your career.
  • Resume and cover letter preparation, this will be completed before the end of the course so that you will immediately be able to apply for jobs.
  • Interview skills training conducted with instructors.
  • Assessment of goals and recommendations of tour operators who best fit your personality, skills and desires.
  • A list of tour operators whom you can contact to begin to secure assignments, you may receive updated lists for the lifetime of your career.


  • Access to the annual ITMI Symposium & Reunion to connect with fellow alumni, tour operators and industry leaders over four days of education, destination knowledge and job interviews.
  • Access to ITMI’s library which include the industry's largest database of tour resources.
  • In partnership with the industry's leading professional coaches and experts we offer our alumni Master Classes including Business Coaching, Advanced Tour & Travel Staff Training and more.
  • A network more than five decades in the making of the most sought-after tour guides and tour directors all over the world including regional alumni associations.


  • A full–day city training tour on a motor coach by your third day of class.
  • An overview of safety issues and how to work with a motor coach driver.
  • A full-day motor coach hands-on training thru the regional destination, where you practice tour commentary.
  • Travel to the airport for training for meet & greet, international and domestic policy overview.
  • Three days and two night on a motorcoach tour during your second week of class.
  • An overnight stay at a hotel during your three-day field trip, the hotel covered in your tuition.
  • Some meals and gratuities on the overnight trip are also covered.


  • All class materials including our student manual.
  • Individual strategy session with the ITMI Home Team / Instructors, upon graduation.
  • A flexible action plan is developed with each individual, 1 – 5 year goals.

Itemized Breakdown of Financial Obligation for 2018

WEEK I (DAY 1 - 7)
Registration Fee (non-refundable): $200.00
Tuition Part I  = $1,950.00
Estimated charges for entire Part I educational program = $1,950.00
Total charges = $200.00 + $1,950.00
Total charges the student is obligated to pay upon enrollment = $2,150.00

WEEK 2 (DAY 8 - 15) Tour Director / Guide Certification
Tuition Part 2 = $1,950.00
Estimated charges for entire Part 2 educational program = $1,950.00
Total charges = $1,950.00
Total charges the student is obligated to pay upon enrollment = $1,950.00

TOTAL financial obligation for Week I & 2 of the ITMI Tour Director / Guide Certification Class 2018 = $4,100 USD*

*Does not include personal housing, transportation / flight or meals. A service fee of $50 will be assessed for any returned checks.


  • Credit Card / Debit Card  / Check - ITMI accepts all major credit cards. Some debit cards have daily limits. 
  • Family– It is common for a family members to help pay for your school. We can accept credit cards and checks from family members
  • Payment Plan - You can make monthly, bi-weekly, or weekly payments toward your class in advance of arrival to class
  • Military Education Benefits (see below)
  • Personal Loan– Students can apply for loans through their own bank or a family member’s bank
  • State Workforce– Some state and local workforce agencies provide funds for continued education (see below)
  • Employer Tuition Assistance– Some companies offer tuition assistance. Ask your employer

There are various forms of tuition assistance available to you:

MILITARY If you are former military or a spouse or child of a former or current military service member, you may be entitled to scholarships, grants or other forms of financial aid. Family members of deceased military personnel are also likely to qualify for financial benefits. To learn more, please visit this website:

MILITARY SPOUSES please contact MYCAA. Military spouses can take advantage of the Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) program. It provides financial assistance for military spouses who are pursuing degree programs, licenses or credentials leading to employment in portable career fields. The ITMI certification allows military spouses to lead tour groups virtually anywhere in the world and maintain total control over their schedules. As an approved military spouse career advancement education provider ITMI can open a world of new opportunities to military dependents. Tour directors and guides can choose to work full or part-time and they can lead tour groups or VIPs domestically or internationally. For more information about the Military Spouse Career Advancements Accounts program (MyCAA) visit

LIFETIME LEARNING CREDIT Eligible students may receive a 20% credit for their tuition payments on their federal taxes. Currently, the credit is approximately $790. ITMI will mail qualified students a 1098T Form for the appropriate taxable year for students to submit. To see if you may be eligible, please visit this website:

FEDERAL ASSISTANCE ITMI does not provide any direct financial aid, but you might qualify for special federal programs or tuition assistance. ITMI certification is listed by the U.S. Department of Labor on its CareerOneStop resource website. To learn more about your eligibility for training funds, check out its financial assistance page.

Student Tuition Recovery Fund Disclosure

  1. You are a student in an educational program who is a California Resident or are enrolled in a residency program and prepay all or part of your tuition either by cash, guaranteed student loans, or personal loans and

  2. Your total charges are not paid by any third-party payer such as an employer, government program or other payer unless you have a separate agreement to repay the third party.

You are not eligible for protection from the STRF if either of the following applies:

  1. You are not a California Resident, or are not enrolled in a residency program, or

  2. Your total charges are paid by a third party such as an employer, government program or other payer, and you have no separate agreement to repay the third party.

The State of California created the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) to relieve or mitigate economic losses suffered by students in educational programs who are California Residents, or are enrolled in a residency program attending certain schools regulated by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. You may be eligible for STRF if you are a California resident or are enrolled in a residency program, prepaid tuition, paid the STRF assessment, and suffered an economic loss as a result of any of the following:

  1. The school closed before the course of the instruction was completed.

  2. The school’s failure to pay refunds or charges on behalf of a student to a third party for license fees or any other purpose, or to provide equipment or materials for which a charge was collected within 180 days before the closure of the school.

  3. The school’s failure to pay or reimburse loan proceeds under a federally guaranteed student loan program as required by law or to pay or reimburse proceeds received by the school prior to closure in excess of tuition and other costs.

  4. There was a material failure to comply with the Act or this Division within 30 days before the school closed, or if the material failure began earlier than 30 days prior to closure, the period determined by the Bureau.

  5. An inability after diligent efforts to prosecute, prove, and collect on a judgment against the institution for a violation of the Act.

However, no claim can be paid to any student without a social security number or a taxpayer identification number.

Authority cited: Section 94803, 94877 and 94923, Education Code. Reference: Section 94293, Education Code.