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Getting Your Training Course Approved

If you want to train Tourist Guides who will be awarded our prestigious Blue Badge, Green Badge or Site Guide (White) Badge, your training course must first be accredited by the Institute of Tourist Guiding. Here we explain the accreditation process.

 

Welcome to Accreditation Service

  • The Institute of Tourist Guiding is the government-approved professional standards and qualifications body for tourist guides.  It was formed in 2002 with the endorsement of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, to set the highest possible standards for tourist guiding
  • The Institute awards qualifications for tourist guiding in England, Northern Ireland and Jersey, and accredits the training courses and examinations that lead to those qualifications
  • As the Institute is the accrediting, standard-setting and examining body, it does not run the training courses itself
  • Any organisation/person can submit a training course to the Institute for accreditation.  If the course is approved, the Institute undertakes to provide appropriate examinations for candidates wishing to gain the qualification

 

How is Training managed?

  • All courses must have a Training Provider and a Course Director
  • A Training Provider might be, for example, a local authority, a local tourist guide association, or similar organisation.  The British Guild of Tourist Guides is one such example
  • The Training Provider’s role is to approve and work with the Course Director and Administrator, to deliver the full course on budget, and to maintain a monitoring and advisory role.  The Training Provider has ultimate financial responsibility for the course
  • The Course Director is responsible for overseeing the administration and day-to-day running of the course, and will usually appoint a Course Administrator to assist.  This includes
    • Maintaining student attendance records
    • Ensuring candidates are entererd for examinations
    • Running the training progam in accordance with the course syllabus
    • Recruiting trainers, tutors, lecturers and mentors
    • Managing all financial dealings
    • Maintaining ongoing pastural care for all trainees

 

What do I need to do next?

Your first decision - Which qualification category is your course designed for?

The Institute recognises four types of qualification, referred to as Level 2, Level 3, Level 4, and an Endorsement.
 
At each level, tourist guides will reach the same degree of guiding skill, knowledge and professionalism. The distinction between levels relates to the extent and range of their area of qualification in terms of location and geography.

LEVEL 2:  For a single site, e.g. religious building, museum, zoo, art gallery, wildlife centre, historic house and garden, or a restricted single route tour, e.g. by boat, land-train

LEVEL 3:  Walking tours in a town, countryside or defined area, including guided tours of town attractions, e.g. religious buildings, museum and sites
 
LEVEL 4:  Covering a wide geographical area or metropolitan area, including flexible tours of sites, towns and tours throughout the area from a vehicle, e.g. car, coach or train
 
ENDORSEMENT:  A development course for existing Institute-qualified guides

 

Your second decision - Who is going to run your course?

Are you planning to run the course yourself?

YES - Check you meet the requirements laid down by the Accreditation Committee check here

NO - I don't want to run the course myself. If you require help with the design and delivery of your training course, please contact the Insittute of Tourist Guiding for the name of an Accredited Trainer at office@itg.org.uk (please be aware the Trainer may charge for their time)

 

How to draw up your Application for Course Accreditation

Level 2 - Everything you need for completing your application. Click here[LEVEL 2 PACK LINK] to download your Level 2 pack.

Level 3 - Everything you need for completing your application. Click here[LEVEL 3 PACK LINK] to download your Level 3 pack.

Level 4 - Everything you need for completing your application. Click here[LEVEL 4 PACK LINK] to download your Level 4 pack.

 

How to draw up your Application for Re-Accreditation (CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION)

Level 2 - What you need to know for re-accreditation. Click here[LEVEL 2 PACK LINK]

Level 3 - What you need to know for re-accreditation. Click here[LEVEL 3 PACK LINK]

Level 4 - What you need to know for re-accreditation. Click here[LEVEL 4 PACK LINK]