American Master Guide Program

The Licensed Battlefield Guides of Gettysburg have been conducting tours for nearly a century  with the roots of local guiding stretching back to the summer of 1863.  Consequently the Gettysburg guides have a wealth of experience with the ‘art’ of guiding unmatched by any similar organization in the world.  Our licensed guides conduct tours 365 days a year by personal car, commercial coach, and extended walking tours of both the town of Gettysburg and its surrounding countryside. Guides have conducted tours by moped, motorcycle, bicycle, horseback and horse-drawn carriages and more recently by segway.

The American Master Guide certification program has been designed to share this knowledge with individuals anywhere who have a desire to sharpen their guiding skills.  Whether you are new to the guiding profession or have many years of experience, work only occasional tours or guide full time, the Master Guide Certification program can offer insights into tools and tricks of the guiding trade.

Application Process

  • Government-issued guide license and three years guiding experience OR five years of documented guiding experience.
  • Submission of a completed application form.
  • Signed agreement to abide by the Master Guide Code of Conduct and Ethics.
  • Payment of the Application fee.

Note: Membership in the Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides is NOT a requirement to enter this program.

The Program

The program consists of a series of twelve distinct modules each dealing with a particular skill set useful for anyone in the guiding profession.  The applicant may work through each module at their own pace submitting completed work to a peer evaluation team.  Applicant’s work is rated as either “approved” or “in-progress.”  The final module consists of a presentation in the form of a guided tour or a program delivered in front of an audience at which peer evaluators will look for evidence of elements common to good touring practices.

An optional module is included for guides who conduct multi-day theme tours.


Successful completion of the program entitles the applicant to wear the official badge and/or pin providing recognition as a “Master Guide.”

To contact the Certification Coordinator click here to reveal email address.


In consideration of the services of The Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides®, their officers,  agents, and members, and/or all other persons or entities associated with those businesses (hereinafter collectively  referred to as “ALBG”) I agree as follows: 

Although ALBG has taken reasonable steps to provide me with appropriate equipment and experienced,  skilled guides so I can enjoy an activity for which I may not be skilled, ALBG has informed me this activity is not  without risk. Certain risks are inherent in each activity and cannot be eliminated without destroying the unique  character of the activity. These inherent risks are some of the same elements that contribute to the unique  character of this activity and can be the cause of loss or damage to my equipment, or accidental injury, illness, or  in extreme cases, permanent injury, trauma and/ or death. ALBG does not want to frighten me or reduce my  enthusiasm for this activity, but believes it is important for me to know in advance what to be aware of and to  expect and to be informed of the inherent risks as reasonably as possible. Most programs will be conducted on  the grounds of the Gettysburg National Military Park (“GNMP”). The following describes some, but not all, of  those risks.

  • Tripping, slipping and/or falling on uneven, slippery and/or brush and/or leaf-covered terrain
  • Exposure to severe weather, including but not limited to: Excessive cold, heat and/or humidity, sun,  heavy rain, thunderstorms, lightening and/or high winds 
  • Exposure to stinging insects, poison ivy and/or poison oak 
  • Traffic on GNMP and public roadways adjacent and through GNMP, which may be heavy at times and  may include, but is not limited to: automobiles, buses, motorcycles, scooters, horses, horse-drawn  vehicles, Segways and bicycles 

I am aware that outdoors programs entail risks of injury, trauma and/or death to any participant. I  understand the description of these inherent risks is as complete as is reasonably possible, and that other unknown  or unanticipated inherent risks may result in injury, trauma and/or death. I agree to assume and accept full  responsibility for the inherent risks identified herein and those inherent risks not specifically identified but may  also occur. My participation in this activity is purely voluntary; no one is forcing me to participate and I elect to  participate in spite of and with full knowledge of the inherent risks. 

I acknowledge that engaging in this activity may require a degree of skill and knowledge different than  other activities and that I have responsibilities as a participant. I acknowledge that the staff of ALBG [and the  Staff of the Gettysburg National Military Park who are publicly available to all Visitors for information at no  charge] has been available to more fully explain to me the nature and physical demands of this activity and the  inherent risks, hazards, and dangers associated with this activity. 

I certify that I am fully capable of participating in this activity. Therefore, I assume and accept full  responsibility for myself, including all minor children in my care, custody, and control, for bodily injury, death or  loss of personal property [including but not limited to automobiles, other vehicles, pets, etc.] and expenses as a  result of those inherent risks and dangers identified herein and those inherent risks and dangers not specifically  identified, and as a result of my negligence in participating in this activity. 

I have carefully read, clearly understood and accepted the terms and conditions stated herein and  acknowledge that this agreement shall be effective and binding upon myself, my heirs, assigns, personal  representative and estate and for all members of my family, including minor children.

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