2020 Granite State Ambassador Certification
NEXT CLASS STARTS JULY 14th
Work in the tourism industry? Contact us to participate in July training at no cost.
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Making the most of our current pandemic environment, we are taking our GSA Certifications online this year. All of the 2-day in-person certifications have been cancelled. The 7 training modules will run weekly for 2 hour blocks.
All trainings will be held virtually using ZOOM, an online video conferencing software (can use on computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone). We will be following the internet safety protocols instituted by the NH Department of Education and the FBI. You can also phone in or use a combination of both.
If you are nervous about using or don’t have the needed technology (computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone) or can’t attend any of the live video presentation dates/times, we will be recording them and you can watch them at your leisure from a password protected webpage on our website.
The cost for the online certification training is $40/pp. If you work in the tourism industry, let us know and your fee will be waived! Please reach out to Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BECOME A GRANITE STATE AMBASSADOR (GSA) VOLUNTEER
Normally, we hold 3-4 separate, 2-day (14-hour) certification training classes each Spring in different locations around the state – click here to review a typical agenda.
There are so many great reasons why people join the NH Granite State Ambassadors.
You learn an incredible amount of knowledge about New Hampshire.
There are plenty of fun events and activities to participate with while volunteering.
It may better your chances for advancement within New Hampshire’s tourism industry.
You meet an enormous amount of people from all backgrounds.
We have NHGSA certified over 1,740 industry friends and volunteers. About 340 are actively volunteering at any time.
You become part of a group of people who are all interested in serving our state.
You can attend free familiarization tours throughout our state.
You can volunteer at New Hampshire’s various visitor centers and events.
Find out why it is “Always Sunny” in New Hampshire!
HOW TO REGISTER
Choose a class & location that suits you. The classes are alike in presentation and materials.
Send your $50.00 registration fee in to ensure your spot (see address below).
Approximately 2 weeks prior to the training, you will receive an email with details of what to expect, an agenda, directions, and any special information you will need to feel comfortable at class. This is a 2-day certification training course. The classes run from 9am-4pm each day. You must attend all classes/modules to complete the certification. Details about the class layout and topics covered are listed below. If you have any questions please feel free to Contact Us.
$50.00 includes fourteen hours of intensive training including two key GSA trainers & two dozen speakers
GSA notebook including materials, literature and information on NH’s Tourism Industry
GSA official name tag
Graduation certificate from NH Granite State Ambassadors
Lunch and snacks Tour of our host location
Reusable tote bag from Kearsarge Valley Magazine or Hannaford
Prizes, gifts and surprises
“Granite State Ambassador” certification & membership
Mail Certification Fee to
NH GRANITE STATE AMBASSADORS
or visit our GSA Store to make payment via debit/credit card (debit cards are preferred over credit cards – much lower rate).
What is expected from our GSAs is both a simple and complicated question. Depending on why you are becoming a GSA, the answer differs.
We train both employees and volunteers. About 40% of our classes include tourism industry professionals including chambers, visitor centers, and other people who work directly with visitors, guests, and people moving to NH. And we train about 60% who are traditional volunteers who want to participate in our volunteer programs within visitor centers around the state who are members of NHGSA.
If you want to be a volunteer, we ask that keep your membership in NHGSA “active” by volunteering your time at one of our member visitor centers and/or several special events. The membership card you receive at the training graduation is good for approximately one year. After that, each year at the annual AMBIES award luncheon (June), every NHGSA member in good standing will receive their updated membership card. Included on the card will be their Lifetime and Annual Hours.
Member in good standing:
A standard volunteer shift is approximately 3 hours. A volunteer chooses when and where they want to serve. Noting that some visitor centers (like Manchester-Boston Regional Airport) and many special events are very competitive for shifts. Others are easier. Some GSAs volunteer once a week, some twice a week, some once a month, some only in the summer, and some only in the winter. It’s up to you!
If you are an industry GSA, we ask that you stay “active” by communicating with us, servicing the public in a GSA way, promoting the marketing efforts of NH Division of Travel and Tourism, and if you want, volunteering your time at a special event and/or visitor center. We would love it if you’d send information about your company that guests would be interested in. We have a high level of communication to our GSA volunteers (who staff visitor centers), and that information is important to us. It helps us “sell” your property/organization/state.
Sponsors, official member centers, and our key partners will also receive membership cards for staff/volunteers within the company who are and/or become certified GSAs. The fee is included in their annual sponsorship/partnership depending on the amount paid (1 membership for each $100 paid).
To become a Granite State Ambassador, you first have to become certified through our 14-hour / 2-day training course – click here to review a typical agenda. We have 4 certification training classes each Spring in different locations around the state. Trainings are generally held in March – June.
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Each class location will also have 4-5 local speakers