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Montréal Tourist Guide

In collaboration with Ville de Montréal – LCL.28 (AEC)

Admission application period

  • June 2 to August 15 (for fall admissions)


Become an ambassador for Montreal

Montréal welcomes millions of visitors every year. In many cases, these visitors discover the city through the eyes of a person who plays a key role in their trip: their tourist guide.

Would you like to work as a guide, or to perfect your skills if you already work in the field? This program is a first-rate asset that will give you access to a select position in the Montréal tourism industry. It will make you THE resource sought after not only by tourists visiting the city, but by convention organizers, hotel establishments and numerous other tourism operators.

This bilingual ITHQ-Ville de Montréal Signature program, offered in French and English together, is the only program that enables candidates to obtain a permit from the city of Montréal.


  • Know how to lead a group, inform visitors effectively and make it stimulating to discover the locations and sites that give Montréal its charm
  • Organize and coordinate activities and tourist visits based on a variety of themes

Duration and schedule

    • Program begins in the fall
    • Spread over 9 months, on a part-time basis
    • Total of 240 course hours
    • Up to three evenings per week (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday), from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., as well as a few Saturdays (October 16, October 30 and November 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.).
    • Beginning of classes in the week of September 27, 2021. End of the program in May 2022.

    Course order, schedules and dates are subject to change.


    In-class teaching activities at the ITHQ will resume in fall 2021. Evening continuing education classes will be held in person, even if a curfew is reinstated. All activities taking place at the ITHQ are carried out in compliance with the health measures in force. For more information, visit our COVID-19 page.


    Course list
    Urban Planning and Architecture (60 hrs) – LCL706
    Guiding Techniques (90 hrs) – LCL708
    History of Montréal (45 hrs) – LCL702
    Montrealers and Their City (45 hrs) – LCL704

    Note :
    This program is offered in French and English (bilingual).

    Dress code

    Business attire is required at all times. All students must adhere to certain basic professional image rules.


    You must meet the following criteria for eligibility to this program:

    • Be at least 18 years of age before the courses begin.
    • Hold at least a high school or vocational diploma, or have a level of education considered sufficient.
    • Be fluent in spoken and written French and English; an ability to speak a third language such as German or Spanish is an asset.
    • Undergo an interview during which your language skills will be evaluated. These interviews will be held remotely during the last week of June and the last 2 weeks of August. The exact dates will be confirmed by email.

    You must also meet one of the following conditions:

    • You must have stopped your full-time studies for at least 2 consecutive sessions or 1 academic year OR
    • You must have pursued post-secondary education for at least 1 year.

    Acceptance decisions will be sent out the week of September 6, 2021.  

    This program is not open to international applicants since a student visa cannot be obtained in Quebec for part-time programs lasting more than 6 months.


      Québec students Canadian students living outside Québec
    Application fee (non-refundable) $35 $35
    Other fees $6/semester $6/semester
    Tuiton fees $2,295 (payable in two instalments) $2,295 (payable in two instalments)


    • Tuition fees are fully refundable if students cancel their registration 10 business days before the first day of the term.
    • Tuition fees will be refunded minus a 25% administrative fee if students cancel their registration less than 10 business days before the first day of the term.  
    • No refunds will be granted after this date. 
    • The ITHQ reserves the right to cancel a course or program due to insufficient enrolment. In such cases, application and tuition fees are refunded.


    • Other fees include third-party liability insurance, compulsory for all.
    • Students should allow for additional costs to purchase books and lecture notes.
    • All amounts are in Canadian dollars.
    • All amounts listed can changed without noticed.
    • Employers subject to the Act to promote workforce skills development and recognition are entitled to submit the cost of this training program as part of the 1% of total payroll that companies must invest in employee training.

    Financial aid

    Various Canadian banks offer a student line of credit service for candidates admitted to this program.


    Attestation of college studies (ACS) in Guide touristique de Montréal/Montréal Tourist Guide recognized by the ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur

    Candidates must meet each requirement of their chosen program and provide all required documents. Incomplete or late applications will be considered inadmissible.

    After the application process, candidates may be asked to come to a selection interview.


    • Fill out the online admission application.
    • Submit the documents that the ITHQ requires to review your application
    • Pay the new file charge of $35 (non-refundable amount; see Accepted payment methods section).


    The admissions platform allows you to upload the documents required for the review of your application. You will need to submit the required documents in a digital format (if you cannot submit these documents online, please see other options in the section How to send supporting documents for your application):

    • A copy of your birth certificate issued by the Office of the Registrar of Civil Status of your country of origin.
    • Candidates born outside Canada must also provide a copy of the front and back of their Canadian citizenship certificate, their permanent resident card, or their Quebec selection certificate (Certificat de sélection du Québec or CSQ), as applicable.
    • One of the following documents:
      • A copy of your most recent secondary or post-secondary transcript (as applicable) issued by the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur or the educational institution you attended.
      • A copy of your secondary or post-secondary diploma or the equivalent issued by the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur.
    • A letter that indicates the languages that you fluently speak and that may be useful in your work as a tour guide. Also include any other information that may be relevant to your application.



    Online payment only with Visa or MasterCard.


    When submitting your application online, upload the required documents in a digital format.

    Other accepted submission methods:

    • Email:
    • Fax: 514-282-5126
    • Mail: 
      ITHQ – Registrar
      3535 Saint-Denis Street
      Montreal, Quebec H2X 3P1
    • In person (Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
      ITHQ – Registrar
      3535 Saint-Denis Street, Office 1.30
      Montreal (Sherbrooke Metro)


    If you would like to submit your documents to us in person, please contact us first by email at or by phone at 514-282-5110.

    Complete your application now

    You can also reach us at 514-282-5110 or toll free at 1 800 361-5111, extension 5110, from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    NOTE : The information on this page is subject to change.

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