Arizona Guides Association
The Arizona Guides Association (AGA) is non-profit organization dedicated to serving the local tourism industry through adherence to high standards of integrity, proficiency, and knowledgeability gained from continuing education and certification of members (ranging from bi-lingual skills to museum docent qualifications). Members are positive and exuberant ambassadors for guests and attendees who offer quality service to the tourism industry for a broad spectrum of programs and activities, including stellar staffing and hospitality for any size group.
Guide Certification through AGA is available after one year of membership upon completion of a comprehensive written and oral examination. This designation recognizes and verifies guides who offer consistently accurate, engaging, and informative commentary.
The Roles and Expertise of Members range from providing accurate information on topics of history, folklore of the Native American and Mexican cultures, geography, geology, flora and fauna, to recommendations for shopping, restaurants, museums, golf courses, special events, and statewide attractions. They confidently escort groups on varied activities, such as horseback riding, jeep or hummer tours, mountain biking, river rafting, hiking, team-building and shopping.
Types of Guides
Activity Guides escort groups or individuals on activities
Airport Meet and Greet Guides are often the first people encountered by visitors upon arrival in Arizona; as the title suggests, these guides meet, greet, and direct individuals from groups of all sizes to the appropriate baggage claim, transportation service, and assist with any travel issues such as lost luggage, delayed flights, etc.
Airport Leads coordinate the “meet and greet" staff and transportation
Certified Arizona Tour Guides provide commentary on tours throughout the state, for day tours and overnight tours alike
Over the Road Guides specialize in extended tours throughout the state or Arizona, the United States, or even internationally; most are graduates of a recognized tour school
Multilingual Guides speak two or more languages and may also be available as translators