Become a PTGA Assessor


A PTGA Assessor is someone who has been vetted not only for their skills and field experience but also for their character and ability to listen and observe without judgment. Provisional Assessors are trained in the delivery methodology and administrative requirements required by the PTGA because regardless of any company they may work for if they are delivering PTGA assessments they are delivering to the standards and methodology required by the PTGA. All PTGA Assessors have an individual register of qualifications they can assess against.

The PTGA has 4 levels of involvement with our ISO accredited assessment system.

  1. Provisional Assessors are 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.
  2. Assessors have completed all Provisional Requirements required by the PTGA and are able to assess candidates within their licensed scope.
  3. Senior Assessors are able to offer assessments anywhere they are and are able to run Assessor Training Courses.
  4. Assessment Advisors are specialist experts who may work with PTGA Assessors or candidates who have expertise in some part of the assessment process but are not polar guides or status Assessors.


Assessors need to be highly competent polar guides with a rich history of experience and expertise to pass on to others and the temperament to coach, listen and observe. Observing an established Assessor is a good development option.

Except for special circumstances, aspirant assessors must hold Senior Polar Guide status and have considerable logged time working in the polar tourism industry.

If you meet the prerequisites the next step is to attend a PTGA run Assessor Training course in person or online. These 16-hour courses begin the process for Provisional Assessorship and set candidates up to:

    • set assessment tasks and measure competencies
    • teach coach and manage the assessment and feedback processes
    • explain and define ‘collection of evidence’
    • strategically use ‘range’ statements and contingent questioning
    • explain and use the grievance and appeal processes
    • file the reporting requirements to PTGA administration
    • use the PTGA Incident and Near Miss reporting system

Contact us to run your own course or for open course plans or dates.


  • >200 days experience (beyond the days required for initial PQs) in polar regions using the skill sets outlined in the PQs you plan to assess.
  • Direct experience and skills to be able to assess in 4 or more PQs.
  • Evidence of ability to work at or above the highest PQ level you will be assessing. Evidence can be from other regions or associated industries.
  • Attestation from two peers, one of whom must be an EL, Senior Polar Guide, or Assessor. Attestations must include comments on a candidate’s character, observation skills, and listening skills.


Assessor status and relevant PQs are automatically revalidated if you have:

  • Been actively assessing in the last 12 months.
  • If the company you work for has an MOU under the Company and Workplace Model and therefore has a moderation process and PTGA Senior Assessor visits and observers.
  • Attend a PTGA Assessors training course.

Any Assessor who has not assessed in the last three years is required to either observe another Assessor or attend an Assessors Training Course to ensure they are aware of, and using the latest models and administrative procedures.