New Guide Training Workshop and Certification Program to be Held June 13

May 13, 2019

Guide Training workshop at the Central Iowa ExpoDiane Van Wyngarden, Tourism Specialist

Registration is now open for a statewide Guide Training workshop to be held in Mason City at the Music Man Square on June 13 from 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The new program is the first of its kind in Iowa, specifically created for staff and volunteers who lead guided programs at Iowa’s tourism attractions, including but not limited to museums, nature and conservation areas, agritourism, and historic sites. The one-day workshop features interactive methods and techniques for creating and delivering dynamic guided programs, with a focus on guiding adult visitors.

The workshop fee is $10.00 per person, which includes the course workbook, workshop activities, lunch, and refreshments. Pre-registration is required and due by June 5. To register, contact Central Iowa Tourism Region at 1-800-285-5842 or

Individuals who complete the workshop have the optional opportunity to receive Professional Guide Certification from Iowa State University for an additional fee. Certification is completed at each individual’s place of work or other Iowa location. For more information about the Guide Training workshop or certification process, or to offer a workshop in your community, contact Diane Van Wyngarden at

This Guide Training workshop was held earlier this year at the Central Iowa Expo, where participants enjoyed a day filled with active learning. “The audience was engaged and the content was extremely relevant,” said Julie Weeks, president and CEO of the Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau. “I was proud that our organization was a sponsor, as well as glad that our CYtes Guides and other staff had the opportunity to experience and learn from the day.”

Cost of the workshops has been underwritten by the Central Iowa Tourism Region, the Iowa Tourism Office/IEDA, ISU Excellence in Extension, Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau, Boone County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Visit Mason City, Iowa Group Travel Association, Story County ISU Extension and Outreach, and Boone County ISU Extension and Outreach.