Joining the PTGA is as simple as going on line, filling out the membership form, creating a Polar Pro-File and paying the membership fees. Subscriptions are for a year.

Benefits for using the PTGA Framework, Individual Membership, Accredited Workplace Model or Assessor:

  • Proof, and record of proof, of minimum competency for all member guides to any insurance institute, coronial inquiry or other external agency.
  • An externally moderated qualification system based on industry best practise.
  • Aspirational goals and standards for guides to work towards.
  • Guides are able to use all the benefits available on the PTGA website and create their own Pro-File with PTQs gained.
  • Proof to customers and governing bodies that guides have been assessed to an industry standard minimum competency level by an external provider.
  • A higher level of performance and safety.
  • Equivalency with international qualifications and like-frameworks.
  • Belong to an acknowledged Professional Association and work to the Code of Conduct it espouses.


A Polar Pro is an active polar guide in some field of polar tourism who is committed to the profession and standards of operation.

You must be a Polar Pro to apply for an assessment or Cross-Crediting.

An individual can gain PTQs by presenting themselves to any assessment run by a PTGA assessor.

These could be at the individual’s workplace, or at an externally run assessment.

A company can run its own PTGA assessments using their own in-house assessors. These would be senior staff who are already SPTGuides and who have completed the PTGA Assessor Training program. The Company pays an annual corporate fee to the PTGA and signs a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the PTGA. The individual staff yearly subs and administrative fees are either covered by the Company or by the individuals themselves depending on how the Company chooses to build their structure. The Company decides how much to compensate its own assessors and go about the assessments. The PTQs don’t cost anything. There is a bi-annual moderation process run by the PTGA as part of the MOU this keeps the Accreditation alive and ensures assessments are being run according to the PTGA procedures.

The Accredited Provider Model gives Companies, and individuals working for those companies, a very economic way to deal with bulk assessments at low cost.

PTGA Assessors will have either been Grand-parented to the role or attended a PTGA Assessors workshop or development program. Being an assessor can provide more opportunities in the PTI for a range of new and exciting roles on vessels, terrestrially or within companies – you will be a sought after commodity. We are hoping compensation will be commensurate with your new-found awesomeness and value to your Company.

Currency is USD and to gain, hold or identify with any PTGA status and qualifications you must be a current financial member of the Association via your Company or your individual fee. Subscription is for one year.



  • PTGA Membership Pro-File with PTQs/Awards gained.
  • PTGA Newsletter – ‘Brash Talk’.
  • Discounts on any publications and products we sell.
  • Discounts and pro deals with any of our partner providers.
  • Ability to participate in the annual Qualification Review process.
  • Easy links to Assessment and Training options.
  • Ability to nominate members for or stand for the Board of Directors.
  • Ability to apply for Assessor courses.
  • Access to Insights
  • Extensive collection of links to Useful Resources a professional guide needs.