National Extension Tourism (NET): 2021 Conf. Proceedings

GORP Program Development

The Guide & Outfitter Recognized Professional (GORP) program and was first offered in the fall of 2018. GORP was designed in a modular format to allow utilization anywhere in the world. This program was initiated in a blended training format that included both the online courses and in person workshops. Due to COVID, that format changed to ‘online only’ in 2019. Webinars were conducted , of which some were recorded and are available to participants online. A Spanish language Global course and 4-H Youth Entrepreneur Club Instructor and Participant books were also created. This program targets 9- 12th grade youth. The program was developed for and by guides in collaboration with University Extension faculty and tourism industry destination marketing and management organizations. The online materials can be used as a basis for an independent university credit course similar to a textbook. GORP can also be used for agency and or community/business or tourism marketing, business certification or permits.


This program consists of four online courses (Global, National, State, and Local) designed to be completed one per week, working from home, and at your convenience. Some participants are able to complete the program in less than a week. Total hours for the online program is about 12 hours. Additionally, webinars and in-person workshops on a variety of topics are provided by local topic experts. The content includes the international voluntary best practice standards compiled by guide businesses with the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA). Learning and training with the GORP Guide Program is accomplished through answering quiz questions, with immediate feedback, along with written and audio/video content to provide context and utility. This program supports any existing training and blends online knowledge courses with live skills training. The four core online courses are designed to allow easy customization to any location. Courses are developed using the CANVAS online course software platform with Ideal – Logic registration software.

2021 NET Conference Proceedings


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