Guides of Australia: Guiding Organisations Australia (GOA)'s National Tour Guide Accreditation

Guides of Australia: Guiding Organisations Australia (GOA)'s National Tour Guide Accreditation

By Rick Murray, Manager, Savannah Guides

 

Guides of Australia: Guiding Organisations Australia (GOA)'s National Tour Guide AccreditationGuides of Australia, a national tour guide accreditation program to provide a benchmark for all tour guides in all sectors of the industry in Australia, was released in June 2006 by the Guiding Organisations Australia (GOA).

 

Guides of Australia ensures best practice in services to tourists visiting Australia, and provides visitors with an assurance that a guide has met specific standards and has a commitment to the best practice standards outlined in the Australian Tour Guides' Code of Guiding Practice. The accreditation is suitable for tour guides in all sectors of the tourism industry and encourages professional development and promotes training in all relevant skills.

 

Accreditation components link to the National Tourism Training Package and involve a tour evaluation and employer references.

 

Established in 2003, GOA serves as an umbrella body for individual guiding organizations and associations throughout Australia. GOA has a long-term commitment to identifying required standards, encouraging training, promoting best practice and reducing unethical guiding practices. For more information, please contact the GOA team at goa[at]goa.org.au.

 

 

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