2019 Tour Director & Guide Training Class
January 22-26, 2019 — San Diego, California
New to the tour guiding industry? Experienced, but looking to take your skills to the next level? Learn the craft and make the contacts that get you ready to succeed as a tour director or local guide. Our boot camp program offers you an intense and immersive way to equip yourself with incredible guiding skills.
Our course is the most flexible, affordable, and exciting way to learn the tour directing & guiding craft.
Boot Camp is for new and experienced!
To take this class, you need either previous training or tour directing experience. If you’re new to the industry, the best way to start is to take our online Fundamentals of Tour Directing as a prerequisite.
Learn new skills
Boot camp focuses on using technology, new storytelling techniques, creating incredible wow moments, and ways to spice up your motor coach and walking tour time on tour!
Certification & Work
With your TripSchool Boot Camp certification we’ll vouch for you with our network of tour operators, and help you create the resume, online profile, video and interview skills to land your dream job!
Why we’re different
Mitch Bach and Alan Armijo are your two primary instructors. Combined, they have nearly 40 years or experience working in the travel industry as tour directors, tour operators, educators, and local guides. You name it; they’ve done it all. Mitch also speaks at travel conferences and leads private trainings internationally for tour operators. He’s written four city guidebooks specifically for tour directors and guides. In addition to tour directing, Alan has also worked in corporate travel, event planning, been a travel agent, and is a professional photographer.
While Mitch and Alan will be your primary instructors, each class will feature invited guest speakers and experts, too.
Interested in learning more?
Level 3 Destination Trainings.
Our intensive destination trainings are educational and a lot of fun. It is hard work as we whirl you through the specifics of touring in a certain place. These classes complete your TripSchool certification process and they happen throughout the year. Check out the 2019 schedule.
Learn more about the experience.
We’ve written an entire page breaking down how we train tour directors and guides. The experience is intense and fun while being incredibly rich and rewarding.
Meet our graduates.
We’re incredibly honored to have unsolicited praise from hundreds of graduates worldwide. Hopefully their comments help you understand that TripSchool is a special community of people that are passionate about helping each other and being incredible guides in this industry.
Want to chat?
Please feel free to contact us if you’d like to learn more from us in person. We’re open to phone calls, texts, and e-mails!
What’s included in the $975 cost?
- 5 full days (up to 12 hours each day) of intense training and workshopping
- Transportation for day trips
- Motor coach training
- Classroom time
- A wealth of printed and online materials available only to graduates of this program.
- Farewell dinner and “wow moment” food
- Admission costs to any sights
- Access to TripSchool’s online resource portal
- Your own personal Enhanced TD Profile Page (see a sample here), which is used by tour operators looking to hire new tour directors and guides.
- Career coaching, and referrals to tour operators across North America and Europe.
- Profesional Headshot & Resume
What’s not included?
- Your flights and airport transfers.
- Lodging. However, we have a block of rooms at our group hotel, the wonderful Hilton Garden Inn Old Town, where classes are held. Rooms are available to you for $154/night, or $77 per person with a roommate. Single supplement is available.
Visit our terms and conditions to learn more about our booking policies.
Booking flights. Once your registration is confirmed, you can book your flights. Our classes run whether they have 1 or 20 people! On January 22, please book a flight that arrives by 2pm, so you’re in town and ready to start by 3pm. On Day 5, January 26, we run a full day, plus a farewell dinner. We’d prefer if you depart the next day, any time on January 27, so you can participate in the full day and farewell dinner! However, if you’d like to book a redeye or late evening flight back home, that’s fine.