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 one year.

Benefits for using the PTGA Framework, Individual Membership, Corporate Membership or Assessor status include:


  • Record of proof of minimum competency for all member guides to any employer, insurance institute, coronial inquiry or other external agency.
  • Contemporary performance tested qualifications and assessment to measure guides against a Professional Industry Association level that is ISO:21102 compliant.
  • Extensive collection of Links and Apps and many other useful resources a guide can use.
  • Extensive network of Pro Deals for Members Only – watch a short video to learn more about this program here.
  • PTGA qualifications accepted as bonafide certification by Expedition Cruise and Polar Cruise companies.
  • Certification and Status badges to acknowledge proof of performance competence.
  • Proof to employers, customers and governing bodies that status guides have been assessed against an external industry standard judged compliant with ISO:21102.
  • PTGA Newsletter – ‘Brash Talk’.
  • Ability to attend Assessor Training courses (if prerequisites are met).
  • Receive Member Only updates about the latest information, deals or opportunities.
  • Access to the PTGA Virtual Learning Environment to expand knowledge about topics important to a guide.
  • Belong to an acknowledged Professional Industry Association and work to the Code of Conduct it espouses.