APT TOUR GUIDE TRAINING 2021
“A Guide’s View of Philadelphia,” the APT annual lecture series, is the city’s only officially recognized training program for “professional and informed” guides (per City Council 2013 Proclamation). The series includes informational lectures on Philadelphia’s history, culture, and architecture from colonial times to present day as well as sessions on tour guiding techniques.
In 2021 APT is departing from its traditional lecture series format to offer tours of various Philadelphia neighborhoods led by APT master and certified guides. Current and prospective guides as well as anyone interested in learning more about this amazing city are invited to join the tours.
The Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT) will offer its 2021 tour guide training Nov. 10 to 14. The training opens with a zoom meeting on Nov. 10 covering the business of guiding and tour training techniques. Following that, nine in-person walking tours will be offered Nov. 11-14. The certification exam will take place Dec. 4.
Wednesday Nov. 10, 7-9 pm
Zoom meeting on the business of guiding and tour guiding techniques. Free and open to all.
Watch the recording on the APT YouTube channel.
In February 2018, the National Federation of Tour Guide Associations (NFTGA) held its biennial conference for the first time in Philadelphia, drawn in part by the reputation of APT’s education and certification program – a model for other cities.
The 2020 NFTGA conference was in Charleston, SC, from February 5-7. APT was represented by President Judy Smith, (then) Director-at-Large Keshler Thibert, and members Nick Cvetkovic (NFTGA Vice President) and Dale Russell.
The next conference scheduled for January 2022 in San Antonio, TX, has been postponed due to Covid.
Check out the most recent NFTGA newsletter.