The Armenian Association of Professional Tourist Guides (AAPTG) was established on August 11, 2017. The headquarters is situated at 58a/49 Mamikonyants street., Yerevan, Republic of Armenia.
The main goals of our associaton are:
Being the largest association of tourist guides in Armenia, AAPTG works continually in cooperation with various tour companies, the tourism department of Yerevan Municipality, local authorities, the Tourism Committee of RA Ministry of Economy, universities, schools, international and local organizations like Armenia Hiking Association, Armenian Guides Guild, Armenian Mountaineering and Mountain Tourism Federation, Association of Armenian Tour Operators and Tour Agencies, Armenian Tourism Federation, etc. When implementing various projects and training programs, AAPTG makes sure to involve not only its own members but the members of other associations as well.
As since 2010 there has been no licensed structured education system with a state regulation for tourist guides in Armenia, tourist guides receive their professional qualification through training courses offered by different organizations or companies. AAPTG has also developed a certification course on tourist guiding in consultation with our accredited WFTGA international (2) and national (3) member-trainers and university professors. This is a five month course, running four days a week for 2-2,5 hours a day and is usually run once every year between the beginning of November and the end of March.
The course includes both theoretical parts (History, Architecture, Geography, Geology, History of Armenian Apostolic Church, Miniature and Manuscripts, Mural Paintings, Lithography, Economy, History And Art of Cross-stone Making, etc.) and practical elements (Communication Skills, Group Management, Positioning and Presentation Skills, Conflict Management, Guiding in Cultural and Religious Places, in a City, on a Coach, Walking Tours, etc.).
At the end of the course all participants take two types of examination: theoretical (written test to assess knowledge on all theoretical subjects covered during the training) and practical (guiding on a coach, on site, on a walking tour, etc.). Based on examination results, two types of certificates are issued by the association: for completion and for participation. The association certificate is unofficially recognized as a token of professionalism by the industry partners and more importantly the Tourism Committee of the Republic of Armenia.
As there is no state licensed tourist guide training program in Armenia, there are also no regulations to keep or renew the tourist guide qualification. Once qualified by any of the organizations offering tourist guide training courses, it is usual for tourist guides to regularly participate in a variety of refresher training courses, both theoretical and practical, in order to maintain or improve their skills.
There is no official badge for qualified tourist guides in Armenia, each tourist guides association or travel agency presents its own badge to its tourist guide-members.
AAPTG also gives badges to its members every year. It includes the photo of the member, information on the validity of the document, the official stamp of the association, the QR Code that will lead to the official webpage of the association which gives detailed personal information on the member’s education and work experience, and feedback provided by tourists and tour companies.
Currently there are 110 qualified tourist guides in AAPTG. Before becoming tourist guides many of our members had very different jobs. A great number of them were specialists in foreign languages or lecturers and translators, and others had a range of interesting jobs like folk dancer, archaeologist, painter, historian, sculptor, culturologist, pastry chef, architect, professor of oriental studies, designer, geologist, botanist, radio host, lawyer, pianist, linguist, etc. Now many of them successfully apply their work experience in the field of tourist guiding and fortunately do not want to change their jobs again.
Within the framework of the "Continuous Education for Tourist Guides" program refresher courses, both theoretical and practical, are regularly presented by AAPTG to its members in cooperation with specialists of different organizations, institutes and universities, tourism agencies and associations, both foreign and Armenian, like the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia, the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts, the Armenian Institute For Tourism, the Branch Of Russian International Academy For Tourism, UNDP, USAID, WWF, etc.,
Armenia is a small but very old, colourful and beautiful country, rich with both cultural, historical and natural sites. Some of the most popular places to visit in Armenia are:
Information about AAPTG and its members can be found on the official website of the association:
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