Becoming a Registered Maine Guide
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Becoming a Maine Guide

Helping You Become a Registered Maine Guide IS Our Focus.

With over 20 years’ experience in teaching the Registered Maine Guide Training program, thousands of participants who now own successful Guide businesses, and over 3 decades of Guiding in the field - Let us guide you now in becoming one of Maine’s Elite Outdoors-men and Outdoors-women. Become a Registered Maine Guide.


Our curriculum is a valuable asset to the outdoor knowledge you bring to the classroom and the field. Using practical techniques, extensive map and compass work, 500 question test, mock oral board, and more, our training program is designed to help you  discover your strengths, learn new skills, gain confidence and knowledge while understanding what is required for the oral and written testing portions of becoming a Maine Guide.   


You will be 100% prepared to test with Inland Fisheries & Wildlife.


The Registered Maine Guide Training program is an opportunity for possibilities. Do what you love and create a successful guide business. 


The State Approved Maine Guide Training curriculum is comprised of Licenses: Recreation, Fishing, and Hunting Guide licenses. 90% of the information needed for testing overlaps each other, which allows this training to easily cover all three licenses.


• State Approved Curriculum: Recreation, Fishing, and Hunting Guide Licenses

• Extensive Map Reading and Compass Skills

• Extensive “Outdoor” practical information related to testing and Guiding

• Maine Guide First-Aid Training available

• Outdoor Handbook written by Maine’s Outdoor Learning Center with 500 Question Practice Test

• Mock Oral Board


Guide Licenses Covered:


  • Recreation:  Canoe, Kayak, Camping, Hiking, ATV Tours, Outdoor Retreats and more 
  • Fishing: Inland and Tidal Waters
  • Hunting: Big and Small Game


Maine's Outdoor Learning Center's Training Classes:


  • Registered Maine Guide School: 28 Contact Hours 
  • Registered Maine Guide School & Field Training: 80 Contact Hours
  • Specialized Tidewater Guide School: 16 Contact Hours
  • License Upgrade Refresher Course: 8 Hours per License


We offer the Registered Maine Guide Training Program in two method:


- 4 days (9:00 – 5:00) 28 hours of academic with practical, non-residential throughout the State of Maine. Thursday - Sunday


- Week long;  6 nights/7 days residential at our field site training facility on the Mattawamkeag River located in Winn, Maine where we are immersed in the woods and waters of Maine,  shifting from desktop to field. Sunday - Saturday


There is no such thing as a resident or non-resident guide - You are a Registered Maine Guide – Period! 


MOLC has been proudly teaching people on becoming a Maine Guide since 1997 and the passing grades from our students’ not only measures the success rate of our dedication to learning, but also their commitment to becoming a great guide.  Pass rate on the first time is around 92% and 99.9% for retesting.


However, you choose to train; classroom or hands on woods and waters - our professional instructors are there to educate and prepare you not only for the oral and written exams, but in finding your strengths as woodsmen and woods-women. 


Our Guide School Training has been noted to be very intense and highly effective. We pride ourselves in not just teaching you book knowledge, tools of the trade, but to also share with you the information gained from our instructors’ experiences as Guides. 


The testing process can be bear, and paying attention to details in class through listening, taking notes, and asking questions, along with the experience you come to the table with, you will become masters of Maine woods and waters; A Registered Maine Guide.   


YOU WILL PASS! And we do stay by your side until the patch is in your hands.


Photo Credits to Registered Maine Guide Dillon Reno


Becoming a Registered Maine Guide

Professional Training

John Rogers
Tami Rogers
Gregory Sarnac

5 Stars to John, Tami, and Greg who are the absolute best. The patch is officially in my hands and I have them to thank!! Great class taught by true professionals.

- Rob Gayton

Be one of Maine’s Elite Registered Maine Guides

Registered Maine Guide School

A Registered Maine Guide Is:

Maine Guides are licensed and registered with the State of Maine. "Guide" means any person who receives any form of remuneration for services in accompanying or assisting any person in the fields, forests, or on the waters, or ice within the jurisdiction of the State while white water rafting, hunting, fishing, trapping, boating, snowmobiling or camping at a primitive camping area.


Maine Guides Are:

Maine Guides are licensed in one or more specialized classifications: hunting, inland fishing, recreational, specialized tidewater, specialized sea-kayaking, and white-water rafting. 


Being licensed means that a person has met the qualifications to guide one or more specific types of activity as follows:

  • Hunting classification means that a person has met the qualifications to guide hunting and trapping      activities, including overnight camping trips in conjunction with those  hunting and trapping activities. 
  • Fishing classification means that a person has met the qualifications to guide fishing activities, including overnight camping trips in conjunction with those fishing activities on inland waters. 
  • Recreational classification means that a person has met the qualifications to guide boating, snowmobiling and camping activities. 
  • Specialized Tide-Water Fishing classification means that a person has met the qualifications to guide      sport fishing activities on the State's territorial seas and tributaries of the State up to the head of tide out to the three-mile limit, including overnight camping trips in conjunction with those tide-water fishing activities. 
  • Specialized Sea- Kayaking classification means that a person has met the qualifications to guide      sea-kayaking activities on the State's territorial seas and tributaries of the State up to the head of tide and out to the three-mile limit, including overnight camping trips in conjunction with those sea-kayaking  activities. 
  • Specialized White-Water Rafting classification means that a person has met the qualifications to guide commercial rafting passengers down the designated commercial raftable rivers in the State of Maine. It should be noted that White Water Guides are the only classification required to complete a set of training guidelines, and have that training certified by a licensed commercial outfitter, as specified by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife. There are 2 levels of license classification: Level I which allows the guiding of the Kennebec,  Dead & lower half of the Penobscot River and Level II which allows the guiding of all Maine Rivers. 


Registered Maine Guides must satisfactorily complete an oral and written examination in each license classification. 


A Master Maine Guide Is:

Master Maine Guide License means that a Guide has acquired experience in the field that he/she is guiding. The required experience is 10 years.

A Guide must have been working in the field as a guide for ten years, and have had at least five years professional experience in their guiding classification. It should be noted that the process of obtaining a License as a Registered Maine Guide is the most difficult in the country, which is why Maine Guides are held in such high regard.

The process is done by applying for certification as a Master Guide by filing an affidavit of documentation of 240 hours per year of guiding for 5 years out of 10 consecutive years licensed with IF&W. The documentation form can be obtained from IF&W’s website. 


Becoming a Registered Maine Guide

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