This page contains FAQ’s for Assessors, Guides as well as the general public, members, companies and interested parties.
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THE COMPANY I WORK FOR IS NOT AN ACCREDITED PROVIDER - CAN I STILL BE ASSESSED?
Yes, you can still be a member and seek assessments via Training and Assessment Providers.
POLAR QUALIFICATIONS (PQS)
HOW CAN I GET PQS?
If you work for an Accredited Provider company you can simply register your interest with your Operations Manager. You can contact one of our Training and Assessment Providers (TAPs) or contact us for any other information we may have at the time.
HOW CAN I GET TRAINING IN ANY OF THE PQ AREAS?
IF I GAIN PQS AND GUIDE STATUS DO THEY LAST FOREVER?
As long as you are a financial member of the PTGA and continue the 4 yearly revalidation process they can. If either of these things expires you cannot claim your PQs as valid to any employer. See also FAQ What happens to my PQs/status if I want to take a break from the industry.
WHAT ARE THE ON-LINE MODULES FOR?
The online modules (also known as Virtual Learning Environment VLE) are short learning courses we have designed around different interest topics in polar tourism. They are not compulsory but if you are serious about having more to offer your clients then these modules target topics you may have a weakness in. By collecting more you can add them to your Pro-File and it is proof to any current or future employer you have done a range of extra study and made yourself more valuable.
I HAVE QUALIFICATIONS FROM SOMEWHERE ELSE – CAN I USE THEM?
WHAT HAPPENS TO MY PQS AND GUIDE STATUS IF I WANT TO TAKE A BREAK FROM THE INDUSTRY?
WHERE DO I LOG ALL OF MY EXPERIENCE?
WHAT IS WORKPLACE BASED ASSESSMENT?
RECOGNITION OF CURRENT COMPETENCY (RCC)
WHY IS THE RCC PROGRAM NOT OPERATING?
The RCC scheme is an Initial Polar Offering (IPO) to acknowledge people who have already been in the industry for a long time. They bring an enormous amount of experience, judgement and skills to play and we would like them to be part of this Association and to be able to access that knowledge so we see value in a period of time that people can be vetted by peer endorsement, attestation and paper review. We have run two RCC initiatives at the direction of the PTGA Board and while they have been appreciated they are very time consuming. This is not to say we will not offer RCC opportunities in the future. Stay connectred via the website and newsletters and make sure you know about it if it happens. The real value in the PTGA testing system is engaged performance testing with a fellow industry professional. The RCC process doesn’t do this so we want to get down to our core business and actually engage with people and their skills.
HOW DO I LOGIN TO MY PRO FILE?
HOW DO I RENEW MY MEMBERSHIP (CANCELLED, EXPIRED OR ACTIVE)?
You can renew your membership by logging into your Pro File and clicking on the green RENEW MEMBERSHIP button.
Here’s a short video showing you how: https://youtu.be/DeAEa4Ij_rQ or you can follow these steps:
STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS
1. Go to https://www.joinit.org/o/ptga/members
2. Enter your email address and click the green LOOKUP EMAIL button
3. On the next screen, enter your password and follow the onscreen instructions.
TIP: Use the Forgot Password? link if you cannot remember your password.
4. Once logged in, click on the green RENEW MEMBERSHIP button
5. Now you can enter your credit card details and finish the process.