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Guide touristique de Montréal / Montréal Tourist Guide

ITHQ-Ville de Montréal Signature program – LCL.28 (ACS)

Admission application period:

  • August 1 to September 15 (for fall admissions)

Information session (French only)

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A real must to become a true Montréal ambassador

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.

Admission (French only)


  • 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 every two years
  • Spread over two terms, 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, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


All students must adhere to certain basic professional image rules, complementing those in the dress code.


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

Course listSchedule - October 1st, 2018 to April 29, 2019
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


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; speaking a third language as German, Italian and Spanish is an asset.
  • Undergo an interview during which your language skills will be evaluated*.

*The dates of these interviews will be communicated by phone once the admission application period has ended.


Attestation of college studies (ACS) recognized by the ministère de l’Éducation, de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche


Québec residents
Application fee: $35 (non-refundable)
Tuition fees: $2,077 payable in two instalments (dates to be specified at the time of registration)
Other fees : $6 per semester (liability insurance, compulsory for all)

Canadian students living outside Québec
Application fee: $35 (non-refundable)
Tuition fees: $2,077 payable in two instalments (dates to be specified at the time of registration)
Other fees : $6 per semester (liability insurance, compulsory for all)

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

For all students
The cost of book purchases is not included.


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


By the ITHQ

The ITHQ reserves the right to cancel a course or program due to insufficient enrolment. In such cases, application and tuition fees are refunded.

By the student

Tuition fees are payable for each term of the program, and are refundable, minus a 15% administrative fee, provided that students cancel their registration before the first day of the term. No refunds will be granted after this date.


Employers subject to this act 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. Don't forget to inform your employer!

*Certain conditions apply

Admission (French only)


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