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GANYC Announces New Certification Course!


GANYC is proud to debut the first official round of our new Certification Course! This 10-week course is designed to enhance and certify GANYC members skills beyond mere licensing requirements.   GANYC certification will be promoted to advertise GANYC as the main resource for travelers and Tour Operators to go when seeking the very best professional guides in New York City. As licensing standards are continually under attack, GANYC needs to work to make clear to the world in many ways that our members are vetted professionals.

Registration is available now!

Key info: The course will take place over 10 consecutive weeks: Thursdays between Sept. 13th through Nov. 15th.   Course will include classroom sessions and fieldwork.  Classrooms sessions will be held at WeWork near Battery Park.  Fieldwork locations TBA.

Class Schedule:
Sept. 13   6pm to 9 pm
Sept. 20   6pm to 9 pm
Sept. 27   6 pm to 9 pm
Oct. 4       6 pm to 9 pm
Oct. 11    6 pm to 9 pm
Oct. 18    3:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Oct. 25    3:30pm to 6:30 pm
Nov. 1       6 pm to 9 pm
Nov. 8      6 pm to 9 pm
Nov. 15    6 pm to 9 pm

Attendance is mandatory at all sessions in order to be certified.

Class size is limited to 15.  All participants must be GANYC members (Full or Provisional).  Tuition $300.

Here are some testimonials from members who've taken the course:

"I found the GANYC certification program extraordinarily enlightening in terms of what a tour can and should be. The different perspectives on our industry, how tours are designed, and what we should look for to talk about while out and about was eye-opening beyond my wildest dreams. After 12 years in this industry, this program has revolutionized my understanding of my craft and my business. Additionally, now that more and more cities are having their governmental licensing laws struck down, the writing is on the wall for New York. If GANYC ever wants to achieve its goal of legitimizing our trade and establishing proper professional standards, an in-house certification process is more important now than ever."
--Matthew Baker
(Beautiful New York Tours
Secretary - Executive Board, National Federation of Tourist Guide Associations)

"It was simultaneously an honor and a humbling experience to be in a class with so many gifted and senior tour guides. I pride myself on the quality of my tours, but was chastened by all I didn’t  know and all that I had to learn. I am a competitive person by nature, and this class really made me want to up my game—that’s the highest compliment I can give."
-- Robert Brenner
(Pig Feet Walking Tours)

Space is limited for the fall 2018 session, sign up now!

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GANYC is an association of independent tour guides. Each member is licensed by the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs. GANYC provides a listing of all member guides to the public. GANYC is not liable, or responsible, for contractual obligations made between clients and tour guides. GANYC stands for Guides Association Of New York City.
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