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Montréal Tourist Guide

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

Admission application period

  • August 1 to August 28 (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.
    • Beginning of classes in the week of September 14, 2020. End of the program in May 2021.

    Course order, schedules and dates are subject to change.


    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

    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; speaking a third language as German, Italian or Spanish is an asset;
    • Undergo an interview during which your language skills will be evaluated (these interviews will be held at the ITHQ on the first 2 weeks of September).

    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) 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 cover letter that demonstrates your knowledge of your chosen program. Please indicate 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 (lack of availability on interview dates, work schedule, or any other relevant information).


    • All copies provided must be identical to the original and legible (do not send the originals).
    • Where applicable, an official French or English translation must accompany the required documents.
    • French is the language of instruction for ITHQ’s programs, with the exception of WSET® Level 2 Award in Wines and Level 3 Award in Wines (English only), Montréal Tourist Guide and Advanced Studies in International Hotel Management (bilingual in French and English).
    • If required, and depending on your profile, the ITHQ may ask you to take a French language assessment test:
      • International French test (TFI), required minimum grade of 750.
      • Test for evaluating French (TEF) or “Diplôme d’études en langue françaises” (DELF), Level B2 (both are harmonized with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)).
      • “Test de connaissance du français” (TCF), Level B2 (international students only).


    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.

    Need more information?

    Phone: 514-282-5110
    Toll free in Canada and the United States: 1-800-361-5111, extension 5110

    Complete your application now

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

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