What the heck is a CTA?

Certified Tourism Ambassadors are people who care about our area and want to provide the very best customer service to their guests, no matter where they are from or where they are going.

  • They know stuff!

    CTAs have taken a four-hour classroom course, and achieved a passing grade on an exam.

  • They are lifelong learners

    They have made, and continue to make, an effort to learn about events, activities and attractions in their area. CTAs visit sites of interest and attend events that celebrate the people, places and things in our region.

  • They share their knowledge

    CTAs strive to educate visitors and others about the great things there are to see and do right here on the Mesabi Iron Range.

  • They put guests first

    CTAs are helpful, and always striving to serve our guests in a positive and memorable manner.

  • They are superstars!

    CTAs are great people to know!

Look for the pin!

Certified Tourism Ambassadors wear a star-shaped pin to show that they have answers to visitors’ questions! Learn more about CTA, an industry-recognized international certification program.

CTA Rewards!

Get in on a free climb at Giants Ridge! CTAs are eligible for a pair of free climbing wall day passes at Giants Ridge! Contact Beth at info@ironrange.org for your free passes.

Iron Range CTA on Facebook

Ask to join our closed group for Iron Range CTAs by finding Iron Range Spirit of Hospitality on Facebook, and asking to join the linked group.

What participants say:

“Excellent resource I can utilize every day!”

“Speakers kept the class moving and the room engaged.”

“Great program! Keep up the good work!”

“Lots of great information and reference material.”

“Nicely put together and very valuable – learned a lot.”

Upcoming Classes:

Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.    

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 Noon-4 p.m.

All classes will be held at the Mesabi Station, 111 Station 44 Rd., Eveleth, MN 55734 unless otherwise noted. Class fee is $25.

Register for available classes here.

Are you interested in signing up for a class, becoming a facilitator, or just learning more? Contact us today.

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Meet our class facilitators

Beth Pierce is the executive director of the Iron Range Tourism Bureau and the administrator of the Iron Range CTA program.

Gloria Anderson-Hegg is a storyteller, tour guide, lay-minister and wears many other hats as well! She lives in Bear River.

James Pointer is the Interpretive Supervisor at Soudan Underground Mine, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Parks and Trails Division.

Proud CTA Employers