Frequently Asked Questions (RSTG)
1. What is the registered code for Certificate for Regional Specific Tourist Guide (RSTG)?
- The registered code for RSTG is HT-026-3:2013
2. Why is the fee very expensive?
- The fee is actually at par with all the MOTAC licensed tourist guide program all over Malaysia. The fee include the MOTAC Examination, JPK Registration, but mostly will be on the experienced trainers, facilities, safety requirement and numerous practical session at tourist destination, cultural, historical and nature sites. You need to experience and understand the subject matter before you can share it to the world.
3. Who can join?
- Sarawakian, from age of 18 and above. Mentally and physically healthy as you will be leading people from around the world for the experience of their lifetime in Sarawak.
- Academically, at minimum you nee to pass your SPM with 6 passes. Or having a certificate, diploma or degree or higher and being recognized by Ministry of Education Malaysia.
- Working Experience. If your academic qualification is not compatible, you can still join, provided you have been working in the related field (Tourism) for at least 5 years and pass the interview session by MOTAC.
Yes, the requirement is high, but as front liner, you will be representing Malaysia. You will be the first person the tourist will encounter and the last person to fare them well on their journey back packed with all the experience of the lifetime you presented to them.
4. When can I sit for the MOTAC’s Tourist Guide Licence examination?
- The program is about 5 months or 500 hours to complete. Upon completion, each candidate will be accessed by JPK to ensure that the student’s portfolio is complete and all on-going assessment is done. Then the candidate can sit for the MOTAC’s licence examination usually either in the month of April, August or December according to the calendar produced by MOTAC. The intensive classes being planned is to prepare each of the candidate to sit for the MOTAC examination requirement that will include 2 theory paper test, 1 session on face to face interview, 1 session on slide commentary, 1 session on city tour commentary (on Bus) and 1 session on nature site interception.
5. What are the benefits awaits me when I competed the program?
- Once you have passed the MOTAC examination and obtain the RSTG licence, there are many opportunity awaits you. We would like to advise if you are still new in the industry, best option is to join the travel agency as a tourist guide as currently, tourist guide are in demand. Secondly, do not stop with your permanent job, work on part time basis especially on weekends. You have double income. The travel industry in Sarawak is booming, once you gained more experience and confident, you can be a freelance, seasonal tourist guide or create your own travel agency. Among other your skill, knowledge and experience can land you to become travel and tour consultant, event planner or organizer, incentive group organizer, education trip organizer, delegates’ guides or even researcher’s guide. Currently health tourism, education tourism, adventure tourism, sport and leisure tourism, nature and heritage tourism as well as many more type of tourism categories are growing and there are so much more to explore if you have an entrepreneur spirit.
6. What language will be used as the mode of delivery for this program?
- The program will be done in English, but as Malaysian and Sarawakian, local dialect will be used where appropriate. At the end of the day, you can choose any language that you are most comfortable with for your final examination. Bahasa Malaysia, English, Mandarin, and German are the norm, but other language such as Arab, Japanese etc can be added later.
7. How do I prepare myself for this program?
- Start by rehearsing and harnessing your public speaking potentials, during the program, we will still enhance this skill throughout the program. Secondly is your fitness, not heavy lifting, but stamina with simple 2KM walk or jog to start your engine back once a week. Thirdly, learn or research about your own culture and heritage, you can be Malay, Iban, Chinese, Bidayuh, Melanau, Orang Ulu, Kayan, Kenyah or the other tribes. There are so much that you will find out and more when you join the class later, and most important, for the love of nature.