What does it mean to be a SAGA Certified Guide?
Being a SAGA Certified Guide means that a person has successfully passed the 3 qualifying examinations that demonstrate their competencies in the areas of Georgian History & Culture, Guiding Skills & Communication, and Tour Planning. The three exams include a practical walking tour, written examination, and transportation tour exam. The SAGA Certification currently represents the highest level of certification that a guide can obtain in Georgia and is recognized by the Georgian Tourism Administration.
How do I become a SAGA Certified Guide?
All guides working throughout Georgia are eligible for membership with the Georgian Association of Guides. In order to become a SAGA Certified Guide, you will need to pass the 3 examinations which demonstrate your competencies as a guide. After successfully completing the exams, you will need to complete an application for membership and pay the 100 GEL annual membership fee.
What are the benefits of being a SAGA Certified Guide?
SAGA Certified Guides enjoy a number of benefits from being a member of the Georgian Association of Guides. The association offers professional trainings for its members, provides access to the extensive network of tourism agencies, hotels, restaurants, and other partners of the association, and enjoy free marketing from the association.
What if I am unable to pass the Georgian Association of Tourist Guides Certification Exams?
The Georgian Association of Tourist Guides Certified Guides represent the highest qualified guides working in the tourist field in Georgia. If you are unable to pass the certifying examinations, it’s recommended that you attend tour guiding courses in order to improve your knowledge and skills as a guide. The association has a number of partnering guiding schools which it can recommend. After improving your knowledge of the profession, you can once again apply to take the examinations.