The Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT) was founded in 2008 to bring professional and volunteer guides together, to act as a voice for our membership, and to ensure a high quality experience to every visitor to our city. APT, with a membership of over 200 as of July 2014, is a Pennsylvania non-profit organization.
APT knows that our city's tour guides take great pride in the services they provide both visitors and local residents in exploring the rich historical, architectural and cultural resources of Philadelphia.
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APT at the Fireman's Hall Museum
If you're a Philadelphia tour guide or are involved in the city's tourism industry, APT has a lot to offer you. In addition to individual membership, APT now offers a Corporate Associate Membership for corporations and organizations. See our Membership page for information on the benefits we offer and for information on how to join APT.
APT members usually meet on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm. See "NEXT MEETING" on this page, left, for the date, time and place. Each meeting begins with a presentation by a guest speaker on topics ranging from 18th century clothing to current issues and concerns.
You're welcome to join us anytime for convivial company, good food, fascinating presentations and lively discussions. We encourage you to drop by up to two times as our guest. After that, if you'd like to attend meetings and talks, we ask that you either become a member, or make a donation of $10 per lecture.
To learn about other APT special events, workshops and speakers, see "UPCOMING" on this page, left.
APT behind the scenes tour of Fort Mifflin
Beginning February 3, 2014, we were very pleased to offer our annual highly successful series of lectures on Philadelphia history and architecture, called "A Guide's View of Philadelphia." This nine week series was a wonderful overview for new and seasoned guides or for anyone interested in the city's history. Look for the series again in the winter of 2015.
We are considering doing another Intensive Training Weekend in the late fall of 2014, so watch for it!
APT PHILADELPHIA TOUR GUIDE CERTIFICATIONS
In 2011, APT began testing and certifying Philadelphia tour guides for basic knowledge of Philadelphia history, people and sites. As of May, 2014, APT has certified 151 men and women for guiding in the city of Philadelphia.
APT has also established a program to identify and certify Master Tour Guides. These are veteran guides who have progressed well beyond the level of basic competence, who can be depended upon to meet and exceed client expectations under any circumstances.
For more information about APT certification programs, or to apply for the Master Guide Program, visit the Certification page on this site.
To promote high professional standards we have published a Tour Guides Handbook, an invaluable resource to anyone in the Philadelphia tourism industry.
For more information on the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides Handbook and CD see the Handbook page, or purchase a copy at the APT Store.
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