Upcoming Guide Written Examinations


Written Licensed Battlefield Guide exams are normally conducted the first Saturday in December when the guide candidates from the prior exam have been depleted.  Over the past ten to twelve years the exam has been offered approximately every other year however there have been as many as six years between exams in the modern era. (Historically the longest period between written exams and the addition of new guides was 22 years- 1929 to 1952!!!! During that period the guide force fell to an all time low of less than fifty individuals licensed.) One guide from that 1952 test was still active until December 14, 2012.

According to precedent  the top scorers from this very competitive test are offered the opportunity to compete in the oral exam phase. As a result of the 2008 written exam, 135 individuals took the test with 19 moving on.  Of those 19 individuals, nine completed the process and were licensed, ten failed the oral exam process or withdrew before completing it.   The December of 2010 exam saw 165 candidates take the test with the top 20 scores moving to the oral exam phase.  One could not make the required two-day training session and was dropped,  The remaining 19 were tested with approximately half receiving their guide license. The 2012 written exam had 153 candidates register with twenty qualifying to move on. The minimum qualifying score was approximately 90%. By 2014 the numbers of individuals scoring quite well on the qualification exam led to a complete overhaul of the licensing process to implement a Tiered system where greater emphasis was placed on communication skills, interpersonal skills, speaking and organizational skills and far less emphasis on rote memory of obscure facts.  Both the 2015 and 2017 processes followed this method. 

The next examination is not currently scheduled and it will not be offered before late 2022 at the earliest.  Preparations should continue so you are ready whenever a new Process date is announced.
When the Tier 1 exam is announced you may contact Supervisory Ranger Angela Atkinson to have your name placed on the notification list.

Mrs. Atkinson can be reached at thevNational Park Service Visitor Center, 1195 Baltimore Pike, Suite 100, Gettysburg, PA 17325.

Once a future exam date is announced the Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides, Inc. will again offer a series of test-prep classes.

Updated: March 15, 2021


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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