2018 Certified Professional Las Vegas Tour Guide Class


UPDATED – This class has past, watch for announcement of next class schedule


The LVTGG Training Committee is pleased to announce that the next Certified Professional Las Vegas Tour Guide (CPTG) Training Class will begin Sunday January 14, 2018 – and is open for registration now!

In addition to providing a proven method for tour guides to train and be tested in accurate Las Vegas knowledge and guiding skills, benefits include a low class fee and a flexible schedule designed to work with our members’ busy lives.

The class is open only to members of the guild (new members or renewing members).

Note that in order to accommodate members attending the ITMI Symposium, the previously announced start date of January 7 has been changed to January 14.

For more information, updated class dates, and to register for the class, click here: PAST DATE

Register today and receive a $25 discount off the regular class fee ($50 instead of $75)! 

Las vegas Tourist Guides Guild Certified Professional Tour Guide Training Class at the Nevada State Museum

Basic First Aid Training – Mon. June 12, 2017 6 PM

The Las Vegas Tourist Guides Guild in partnership with Red Rock Search & Rescue (RRSAR) is pleased to offer an intensive Basic First Aid Training Program for LVTGG members, colleagues, family, and friends.

The training will take place on Monday, June 12, 2017 at 6:00 PM, details below.

The cost is $30 per person, all of which will go directly to the 100% volunteer, not-for profit RRSAR to support the incredible and impressive work they do for our community, Southern Nevada, and Utah.  For more info on RRSAR, see www.redrocksar.org.

The training has been been organized by RRSAR Commander Donald Moore and will be led by Vice-Commander Smith, Retired Fire Department Battalion Chief. During the training, Chief Smith will focus on plans of action relevant for our tour guide members.  Moore says, “in this one 3.5 hour training, members will walk away with a 2 day class under their belts.”

This valuable, one-of-a-kind training has been coordinated exclusively for the Las Vegas Tourist Guides Guild, and is not offered through other CPR training workshops.

We will be learning American Heart Association CPR/AED and first aid. After completing the class and brief test, class members will receive a certification card.

This class is far more than your typical tabletop CPR training class! Guided by certified First Aid Instructors with years of practical experience, participants will have hands-on practice performing CPR and using the defibrillator, and also practice splinting and bleeding control. All medical supplies will be provided by RRSAR.

Please read the information below and:

RSVP to LVTGG President Babs Daitch at thanksbabs@gmail.com with the email heading “June 12 LVTGG Basic First Aid Training Program.”

For questions regarding the content of training, please contact Donald Moore at 702 591-4298 or by email at strummingmyguitar@gmail.com.

Please dress for comfort.  Jeans and a tee shirt are perfect.

Date:  Monday June 12th

Time: 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM

Location:  340 Villa Monterey Drive Las Vegas, NV 89145  Located near Buffalo & Alta

MAP: https://goo.gl/maps/XnyR1u73M672

Donation for the class: $30.00 per person.

How to pay: Please have your check, or exact cash, ready when signing in to the class.  Please make checks out to Red Rock SAR.

Who can attend: LVTGG Members, tour guide and other colleagues. Please also print and post on your office bulletin boards, and invite spouses and friends who want to learn how to help themselves and others in an emergency first aid situation. However, class capacity is 30 so RSVP is mandatory.

Time for Fun & Learning! Tour Boost Improv Workshop – April 17, 2017

Tour Boost Improv Workshop for Tour Guides, Docents & Storytellers

Members and non-members are invited to attend the Las Vegas Tourist Guides Guild’s exceptional April continuing education event, “The Tour Boost Workshop for Tour Guides, Docents, and Storytellers,” led by “Second City” tour guide and comedian, Margaret Hicks. The workshop will be held Tuesday, April 17, 2017 in the Stratosphere Tower’s 104th floor Sunrise Room. Again, this event is open to both guild members and non-members, so invite all your friends and colleagues. RSVP is required to attend, RSVP below.

Margaret has been guiding for 10 years and is the official docent of the famed Second City Improv Theater. During this two-hour interactive seminar, Margaret provides interactive Improv Games and on-your-feet training that connects guides to their emotions while boosting presentation skills. Margaret says this workshop is not about tour content but about how to be physically and mentally present, cultivate listening skills, flexibility and gratitude, and how to share information while finding the fun in your tours.

After the workshop, we will continue with a Stratoshpere Hotel-hosted tour of the upper levels of the Stratosphere Tower, and conclude with hosted appetizers and cocktails. RSVP is a must.

To RSVP: Send an email with the Subject “Tour Boost Improv Workshop for Tour Guides, Docents & Storytellers” to thanksbabs@gmail.com or call Babs for more information – 702.370.6961.

Date: Monday, April 17, 2017, 5:00 pm
Location: Stratosphere Hotel – Sunrise Room 104th Floor
Cost: $10 for LVTGG members, $20 for non-members. BRING CASH
Tour Boost Seminar Time: 5pm to 7pm
Stratosphere Tower hosted tour and LVTGG gathering with beverage and snacks to follow: 7pm to 830pm
Directions: Use escalator near Roxy’s Diner, pass thrill rides security to VIP security, take elevator to 104th Floor. If asked, tell them you are attending the LVTGG event in the Sunrise Room
(there is no charge to access the 104th floor)
Parking: Free in self-park or tip to Valet

Clear your schedule for this valuable and entertaining training. Invite colleagues that you work with or other storytellers.
RSVP Today!

For more info about The Tour Boost workshop, see http://www.thetourboost.com/

The Tour Boost Workshop, by Margaret Hicks

NEW MEMBERS – Join the LVTGG today!


Are you a Tour Guide, Tour Manager, or Tour Professional in the Las Vegas Area?

Join your colleagues in the premier organization for Las Vegas Tour Guides, the Las Vegas Tourist Guides Guild (LVTGG)!

Who We Are
The Las Vegas Tourist Guides Guild is a membership organization of  tour professionals and members of the travel and tour industry who live and work in the Las Vegas area.

Guild Members are dedicated to promoting the integrity of our profession. We strive to improve the local tour industry and ensure quality service for our clients and customers.

The Las Vegas Tourist Guides Guild advocates for the advancement of the tour guide profession and tourism.  We also provide a liaison between tour guides and employers.

The Las Vegas Tourist Guides Guild is a member of the National Federation of Tour Guide Associations (NFTGA).

Now is a great time to join and receive the benefits of membership in the Las Vegas Tourist Guides Guild (LVTGG) ~ Join now and your membership will be valid through 2016!

Some of the important benefits of membership are:

  • A personal listing on our website’s Members Page, www.lvtgg.com/members. Many guides receive weekly communication from interested companies interested in step on guides; these companies will contact you directly. Foreign language guides also receive a listing on our site, here: www.lvtgg.com/members/foreign-language-guides/.
  • Annual or bi-annual Certified Professional Las Vegas Tour Guide (CPTG) training classes offered for members to increase their local and regional knowledge and professional guide skills, and attain the designation of LVTGG Certified Professional Tour Guide (see http://www.lvtgg.com/cptg/ ).
  • Knowledge & recognition gained from becoming a LVTGG Certified Professional Tour Guide.
  • Relevant gatherings, networking, educational field trips and events, often with complimentary admission to attractions and sites.
  • The Las Vegas Visitors and Convention Authority (LVCVA) values our professionalism and often recommends our guild website when tour guide requests come to their offices.
  • Hundreds of LVTGG brochures are distributed monthly to national & regional travel shows, through partner associations and the LVCVA Welcome Centers throughout Clark County. The information on the brochure leads the reader to visit our web site.
  • Tourism industry networking, events and conference opportunities through the LVTGG membership in the National Federation of Tourist Guides Associations-USA, Las Vegas Territory, Destination Services Association, and the World Federation of Tourist Guides Associations.
  • Interesting tidbits of regional and Vegas information from our board members, educational instructors and Facebook page stimulate timely exchange of ideas, facts and relevant material that you can pass on to your clients.
  • Follow us on Facebook and Twitter – check us out and post some pictures, comments, and useful information and area updates. Your voice and expertise can and should be part of the dialogue.

Individual Annual Membership dues are just $45 and you can sign up and pay online in minutes.

Just one job or connection gained from your membership will more than pay for the small cost of membership.

Now is the right time to join the LVTGG ~ join now and your membership will be valid through 2016!

That’s more time for you to promote your skills, services, and guiding professionalism through our Members Page and your personal profile page, and more time that you can network with fellow guide and tourism professionals, and let your voice be heard.

Show your professionalism – join the Las Vegas Tourist Guides Guild today!

Click here to join using our easy online registration and payment, it just takes a few minutes! 

Welcome aboard!

If you have any questions, please Contact Us.


 The best Tour Guides in Fabulous Las Vegas!

InterpNEWS Magazine – Jan 2016 Issue

We would like to make our members aware of the International Heritage Interpretation Training Center & Magazine. Many LVTGG Members will find this interpretive organization and their publication interesting and worthwhile of your time. If you would like to subscribe to their magazine, see the instructions immediately below. All the following information is from them, and any requests for information about them or their programs should be directed to them and not the LVTGG:


InterpNEWS (IN), the International Heritage Interpretation e-Magazine is published online and via email six times a year. IN is the most widely read of any interpretive publication, reaching over 155,000 interpreters, agencies and organizations in 38 countries.  IN is sent FREE as a service to the interpretive profession.  Check it out here:  http://www.heritageinterp.com/interpnews.html  If you would like to receive each issue as it’s published, just send your e-mail address to: jvainterp@aol.com  Also, they are always looking for articles on creative interpretive programs and services or interpretive research projects.


The Jan/Feb 2016 issue has just been published and you can read or download it here, or read it and past issues online at https://issuu.com/interpnews or http://www.heritageinterp.com/interpnews.html.

In This Issue:                                                                                                                                 

Experience and Outcome Based Interpretive Planning – Mass Customization,

Markets of One and more.. John Veverka

– Interpretive Tip: A Road Trip with a Junior Ranger J. Patrick Barry                                   

Avoid The Awkward Close Speaking Tip 104 – Ethan Rotman                                                                            

Interpretive Training Course in Nada, Lithuania with Focus on the Curonian Spit –

  Trans-boundary World Heritage Site, Lithuania.  J. Veverka                                                               

“Let’s Celebrate Robert Burns Birthday” Dr. Martha Benn Macdonald                                             

Guides Association of New York City.                                                                                              

– Interpretation in Malta – Bringing 7000 years of history to life. J. Veverka                                                     

 – From historians to artists, Oakland County Parks discovers talents of its

    1,000+ volunteers. Julee Erskine,                                                                                         

Volunteerability at Eureka! The National Children’s Museum, UK  Trizia Wells                              


NEW – This current issue and past 2015 Issues of InterpNEWS are now available to be read on-line at:




The Heritage Interpretation Training Center currently has several course openings due to participants completing each course. These include:

Planning/Designing Interpretive Panels e-LIVE Course – 10 Units awarding 1.5 CEU Credits $125.00

Interpretive Writing e-LIVE Course – 8 Units and 2 CEU Credits $200.00

Training for Interpretive Trainers e-LIVE Course – 11 Units and 2 CEU Credits. $200.00

The Interpretive Exhibit Planners Tool Box e-LIVE course – 11 Units and 2 CEU Credits. $200.00

Interpretive Master Planning – e-LIVE. 13 Units, 3 CEU Credits. $275.00 http://www.heritageinterp.com/interpretive_master_planning_course.html


Our Course Catalog for our current 17 interpretive courses: http://www.heritageinterp.com/interpretive_training_center_course_catalogue_.html

For details on each e-LIVE course and course content you can check out the web page for each courses.  Courses can be started at any time and you can complete the course at your own pace.


NEW Courses in the Planning Stage:

We currently have several new courses that we plan to have available by late autumn.  If you have an interest in any these let us know and we will add you to that courses mailing list:

 Developing Interpretive Plans for Historic Homes and Gardens. (Specifically designed for small to medium historic homes/gardens with small staffs and smaller budgets, but who need an interpretive plan for writing grants, related fund-raising and for their long-term development of interpretive programs and experiences).

– An introduction to developing living history characters and personalities & delivery of living history programs/experiences. This course is being developed for the HITC and offered by Rich Pawing of History Alive. http://www.richpawling.info/WordPress/

– Interpretive Master Planning for Botanical Gardens. Having done interpretive plans for many botanical gardens, we know some of their challenges and issues, from seasonal interpretation to incorporating art into their garden experiences.  Focusing on one main interpretive theme is always a challenge, but this course helps you provoke, relate and reveal your stories in magical ways that “grow on you”.

– Developing interpretive tours and programs – a guide for museum docents and volunteers. (This is a new course designed especially for docents and volunteers and offered at a greatly reduced tuition as a thank-you for their volunteer services).

These will expand the Heritage Interpretation Training Center course offerings to 21 college level interpretive training courses by November, 2015.  More courses are planned for 2016 as well.

All Heritage Interpretive Training Center courses can also be offered as live workshops/courses presented at your site or for your organization.  Costs: $800.00/day of training plus travel costs.  Ask for details.



Heritage Interpretation Training Center to provide courses for Museum Study LLC

Museum Study – is an organization whose mission is to help staff in small to medium museums and heritage sites build a better cultural institution and be a stronger member of the team that carries out the mission of their institution. To accomplish this, Museum Study provides online professional development training courses on a broad range of topics important to running a cultural institution.

JVA/Heritage Interpretation Training Center is pleased to be working with Museum Study to offer several 4-week long training courses in Heritage Interpretation, the first course being “An Introduction To Heritage Interpretation” that will be presented in November, 2015.  You can learn more about Museum Studies diversity  of Museum Management and Curation courses at their web site:  http://www.museumstudy.com/.  

HITC interpretive courses planned for 2016 include “Interpretive Writing” and “Planning Truly Interpretive Exhibits”.  Details on the Introduction to Heritage Interpretation course and other courses:  http://www.museumstudy.com/courses/course-list/.


College Credit for Heritage Interpretation Training Center Courses ?

We are currently talking with several universities in the US and in the UK to have some of our courses made available to their heritage studies/interpretation students for actual college credit.

Several of our courses are currently being used by Newcastle University in the UK as part of their distance learning program – a MS in Heritage Management degree program.

More details to come.


New JVA Interpretation Text Books From MuseumsETC.


Our text book set on Interpretive Master Planning has been revised and updated into one new very large book.  If you do interpretive planning or teach interpretation, this is a reference based on actually “doing” interpretive planning and training for 40 years.  Check it out here:


The Interpretive Trails Book – This is our new book on planning and design of interpretive trails and related trail furniture and interpretive media.  Find out more about this book here:

http://www.museumsetc.com/collections/interpretation/products/the-interpretive-trails-book  It is based on 40 years of planning/designing self-guiding interpretive trails and related trail interpretive media as part of interpretive master planning projects.  This is used as the main text book for our “Planning/Designing Self-Guiding Interpretive Trails” course: http://www.heritageinterp.com/interpretive_trails_course.html.


Would love to chat with you about interpretation

Prof. John Veverka (John)

Director/Interpretive Coach

Heritage Interpretation Training Center


SKYPE: jvainterp


Again, for more information about their organization, see their website at http://www.heritageinterp.com

The link for the Heritage Interpretation Training Center:


The Link for InterpNEWS – the International Heritage Interpretation e-Magazine: