International Tour Management Institute (ITMI)

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Tour Director / Guide Certification Program


2019 Tuition (Listed in United States Dollars & Canadian Dollars)

  • Tuition for the 2019 academic year is $4,350 USD (United States Dollars) / $5,730 CAD (Canadian Dollars)

Itemized Breakdown of Financial Obligation for 2019 Classes

WEEK I (DAY 1 - 7)
Registration Fee (non-refundable): $250 USD / $330 CAD
Tuition Part I  = $2,050 USD / $2,700 CAD
Estimated charges for Week I Part I educational program = $2,050 USD / $2,700 CAD
Total charges = $250 USD / $330 CAD + $2,050 USD / $2,700 CAD
Total charges the student is obligated to pay upon enrollment = $2,300 USD / $3,030 CAD

WEEK 2 (DAY 8 - 15) Tour Director / Guide Certification
Tuition Part 2 = $2,050 USD / $2,700 CAD
Estimated charges for entire Part 2 educational program = $2,050 USD / $2,700 CAD
Total charges = $2,050 USD / $2,700 CAD
Total charges the student is obligated to pay upon enrollment = $2,050 USD / $2,700 CAD

TOTAL financial obligation for the ITMI Tour Director / Guide Certification Class 2019 = $4,350 USD / $5,730 CAD*

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

Schedule of fees for 2019:

  1. Upon acceptance to the 15-day ITMI program, a $250 USD / $330 CAD 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 USD / $659 CAD deposit (your first tuition payment).

  3. Approximately 60 days before your program’s start date, the remaining Tuition Fee – $1,550 USD / $2,041 CAD for Part I.

  4. At the beginning of the Week 2, the second half of the Tuition Fee – $2,050 USD / $2,700 CAD

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

What does Tuition Include?


  • Lifetime Job Leads

  • 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.


  • 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 from the United States 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: Additional countries may have an educational credit, please advise and we would be happy to fill out paperwork for the student to take advantage of any tax credits.

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.