**For First Aid Cert - see lower down this page**
Looking to pass the state's test to become a Registered Maine Guide? It's not easy...the failure rate is high for most candidates, but our students have an 91% pass rate! Whether you're looking to become a hunting, fishing or recreational guide we've got you covered...we'll be with you until the patch is in your hands!
Everything is provided, including a free Sylva compass!
First aid requirement offered as well! (See bottom of this page to sign up)
Our school is usually held at the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine in Augusta. This campus is beautiful, with a grand conference room complete with huge granite fireplace, and trout ponds and trails just outside. We also regularly have classes at the Kittery Trading Post in Kittery, ME and Northern Outdoors in the Forks, ME, both amazing locations! This is a three-day class, and we'll pack every moment of it with great information that will help you walk into your test with confidence!
Each day starts at 8AM, although we'd love to see you early for complimentary coffee and donuts...
Your instructors for this class will be David Tyrol and Michael Tuminaro. Mike and Dave are not just instructors, they're also full-time guides who spend many days in the field with clients. They're here to make your class fun, comfortable and informative through PowerPoint, videos, and hands-on practice. They will answer any questions you might have during the class or after to ensure that you're ready for the test.
Paramedic Sean Estabrook from the Augusta Fire Department joins us to teach the first aid portion. The first aid add-on is $50.00 additional and meets the state's first aid requirement for your license! This is usually added on to the end of day one.
You will be studying wildlife and plant ID, Maine law, boating safety, client care, map and compass competency, interview techniques and more. We will give you the confidence to answer anything the administrators might throw your way.
The state will test you in three parts: written, map and compass, and oral interview. You will be presented with a tough emergency or "catastrophic" scenario. You will be expected to identify two points on the map and take a bearing. You will take a 100-question written test per authority. We'll help get you ready! By the time that you leave our class, you will feel confident that you can face this challenging testing process! We have an 91% pass rate among our students!
***Due to the limited space available, our refund policy is a 50% refund up until 2 weeks before the class, at which point there is no longer any available refund. We will transfer your dates to another class though!***
"Maine Upland Guide Service is TOP SHELF. I registered for their Maine Guide Exam prep course and it was an excellent experience right from the first phone call. They have put a lot of time and effort in creating an experience that is hands on. Not only do they bring big woods outfitter experience but a wealth of professional experience to help prepare you. Even after the course was complete, they answered every call/text/email to help prepare me for my exam. They stand by what they set out to do and I highly recommend them. Not only are they passionate conservationists but they have become great friends!"
-- Andrea McClean
Our paramedic-led first aid course meets the state's requirement for guide certification! This course is led by practicing first responders who are experts in wilderness first aid. This is usually added onto the end of day 2.
Jesse Seaton, Blue Point Gun Dogs
-- Robb Moore