What are the different membership and guide options within the Polar Tourism Guides Association?
- Annual dues paid along with submission of current First Aid Certificate and signed Code of Conduct.
- May be working toward Polar Guide (Aspirant) status, including holding a selection of foundational competency awards.
- Access to a variety of online development and industry-related informational resources.
Polar Guide (Aspirant):
A Polar Guide (Aspirant) is a current PTGA member guide who has started gaining PTGA qualifications, logged time in the industry, embraces professionalism and is on a pathway toward Polar Guide.
A Polar Guide (Aspirant) must have:
- 2 or more qualifications.
- More than 10 days logged excursion days.
A Polar Guide represents a professional industry-approved level of minimum competency as a guide. A Polar Guide would have operated in a range of areas and across a minimum of two seasons of operation.
A Polar Guide is a current PTGA member guide who has:
- More than 150 excursion days logged guiding in the polar regions. The 150 days must be logged over not less than two or more different/distinct seasons north or south.
- 5 or more foundation qualifications.
Senior Polar Guide:
A Senior Polar Guide represents a level of advanced competency at a fully professional level across a broad range of skills. A Senior Polar Guide will have 3 or more seasons of experience. They are able to represent themselves across the full geographic range of the PTGA. They understand that all locations within this scope will require different specific and nuanced local knowledge which needs to be considered with regard to their operation.
A Senior Polar Guide is a current PTGA member guide who has:
- More than 300 excursion days logged guiding in the polar regions. The 300 days must be logged over not less than three or more different/distinct seasons north or south.
- All of the foundation qualifications plus four or more advanced qualifications or endorsements.
- Or, 6 of the foundation qualifications plus five or more advanced qualifications or endorsements.
* Or, at the recommendation of a review panel with all decisions outlined and approved.
The PTGA has 4 levels of people involved with our ISO accredited assessment system.
Any PTGA Assessor is a person who has been vetted for their skills, experience and character as required by the role. They will have been trained in the delivery methodology and administrative requirements of the PTGA.
Regardless of Company they work for, if delivering PTGA assessments, Assessors are delivering to the standards and methodology required by the PTGA.
All PTGA Assessors have a register of qualifications they can assess against. They have to hold the award themselves and feel confident about their knowledge and experience to uphold the standard in an assessment setting.
1) Provisional Assessor:
Provisional Assessor status is provided to guides who have attended a PTGA Assessor Training course and have a number of additional developmental requirements to achieve over a period of time. Provisional Assessors are allowed to assess candidates within their licensed scope and range.
Once a Provisional Assessor has completed all provisional requirements they are considered full Assessors and are able to assess within their allowable scope and range.
3) Senior Assessors:
Senior Assessors have been trained and accredited to deliver/facilitate Assessor Training Courses. They are able to offer assessments anywhere in the world.
4) Assessment Advisors:
Assessment Advisors are specialist experts who are not necessarily Guides or Assessors. They may work with PTGA Assessors or candidates and will have strategic expertise in some part of the assessment process.
*All PTGA Polar Guides, Senior Polar Guides and Assessors must submit a Continual Professional Development (CPD) portfolio to revalidate all awards every four years.
*All applications for status or status change will be reviewed by the PTGA. If a guide applying for Polar Guide or Senior Polar Guide status has verifiable logged time in similar environments or other contingencies are presented these will be considered by the PTGA.