Every now and then someone will ask us how they can become a licensed battlefield guide, so we’ve put together this simple guide on what you can do if that is something that is of interest to you.
One of the most respected groups in Gettysburg is the Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides. Our nation’s oldest professional guide service has seen over 560 individuals successfully complete the government training, testing and licensing process since 1915.
You’d be joining a relatively small group of people who keep visitors informed and entertained on our licensed guided bus tours, and we’d love to see more folks who love history to step up to the challenge.
Follow the steps below and you’ll be well on your way to directing groups of interested people around the Gettysburg Battlefield.
- Determine if you’re a good candidate – The Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides put together this helpful self-evaluation form to assist you in deciding whether you’d be a good fit. If you love teaching, are a great storyteller and speaker, and have the flexibility and patience of a true “people person,” you might be a great fit.
- Study up – There are dozens of recommended reading materials to help you prepare to become a licensed battlefield guide, but you’ll also want to spend time touring with current guides and exploring the battlefield, monuments, homes and farms, and other important parts of Gettysburg.
- Pay the fee – There is a non-refundable $250 fee that covers administrative costs of the licensing process.
- Begin the multi-tiered process – There are five tiers you must complete to become a licensed battlefield guide. Each of these is outlined in the becoming a Licensed Battlefield Guide packet. They include:
- Tier 1 – Written Examination
- Tier 2 – Panel Interview
- Tier 3 – Field Practicum
- Tier 4 – Oral Battlefield Examination
- Tier 5 – Post-Licensing Orientation
- Come and work with us – If you successfully complete the process, you will receive your guide license. Congratulations! You are now eligible to begin working as a Licensed Battlefield Guide.
It is important to note that the written exams only take place on specified dates throughout the year and spots are limited. The next examination will be held December 2, 2017, and the deadline to register is November 10. It is also important to know that the National Park Service and a committee of licensed battlefield guides have recently begun talks about revising the licensing process. For the latest information on becoming a licensed battlefield guide, please visit The Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides website.