Frequently Asked Questions

1) What does it cost to go to the school?
2) How do I get accepted?
3) How do I enroll?
4) Is there any job placement assistance?
5) What do guides make?
6) Do you have to take the Basic course?
7) Can I bring my own horse or mule?
8) Do I have to stay at the ranch?
9) Does the Veterans Administration accept the COAGS programs?
10) Does COAGS have financial aid available?

1) What does it cost to go to the school? Top

$3,850 for the Whitetail Pro Guide Program; $2,750 for any single Program (two weeks); $5,000 for two programs (four-weeks); $7,500 for three programs (six weeks); $9,500 for four programs (eight weeks).

2) How do I get accepted? Top

You are accepted to attend if you are 18 years or older (some exceptions made), have at least a high school diploma or GED certificate, do not have any felony convictions, and your required contracts and 50% deposit are received by COAGS.

3) How do I enroll? Top

First, you contact COAGS about availability of the class dates you want to attend. Next, if there is availability, you can enroll on-line from our website, www.guideschool.com. The enrollment reservation will be held for seven days, which allows you adequate time to send in the Enrollment Contract, Lodging and Meals Contract, and your 50% deposit to the COAGS office to confirm your enrollment.

4) Is there any job placement assistance? Top

We offer a job list of hunting outfitters, fishing companies, and guest ranches which have contacted COAGS requesting our graduates for employment.

5) What do guides make? Top

Rookie guides usually make between $75-$100 per day, plus meals, lodging, and tips (tips average between $50 – $200 a week). Experienced guides make $150-$200 per day plus meals, lodging, and tips (tips averaging $200-$500 per week).

6) Do you have to take the Basic course? Top

Yes, the Basic Program is required before you are eligible to enroll in any of the Colorado advanced programs such as the Pro Guide, Advanced Backcountry Horseman, or Professional Fly Fishing Guide programs.

***The Basic Program is not required to enroll in the Whitetail Pro Guide Program.

7) Can I bring my own horse or mule? Top

It is not recommended, but requests are handled on an individual basis.

8) Do I have to stay at the ranch? Top

Yes. We have long days and some evening assignments.

9)Does the Veterans Administration accept the COAGS programs? Top

Yes, COAGS programs do qualify for VA benefits such as the Montgomery GI Bill.

10) Does COAGS have financial aid available? Top

Yes, for students who qualify.

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