Specified area: Visitor Attraction, Historic Building or
Heritage Resource - fixed route
If you are thinking of entering the tourism industry to take up
paid or voluntary employment guiding visitors round an attraction
such as a stately home, cathedral, museum or theme park, or perhaps
a business or industrial site, then this qualification is for
Q: What sort of work can I expect to do at Level
You will have a qualification enabling you to
- offer fixed route tours on foot in a specified site, or
exceptionally on a moving vehicle like a boat or open-top bus
- have an in-depth knowledge of your site
- have a range of communication skills essential for the delivery
of an effective commentary and presentation.
Q: Do I need previous guiding or tourism
No. This qualification is open to all and no specific prior
educational experience, knowledge, or attainment is needed. However
you may benefit if you already work in an occupation where you are
occasionally required to make announcements or brief presentations,
or speak another language. See Languages
An interest in the arts, history or other related subjects such as
architecture is beneficial, but no qualification is essential.
Enthusiasm, curiosity and a lively interest in people are
Q: What does the training entail?
The Institute accredited course is quite demanding, with 50-70
contact hours (time attending lectures or practical sessions on
site) and in addition some 120 hours of private study.
Courses are usually run when there is a demand for guides in a
particular area, by local and regional tourist bodies or colleges
and institutions. They are part-time, with evening lectures and
practical training at weekends, so you can qualify while still
doing a full-time job.
On completion you will be assessed with one written and two
practical examinations. You will also be tested on your ability to
plan a tour on foot to meet the particular needs of a given group
of visitors. See Examinations
Q: How do I find out more about courses and their
If you have applied to a training provider to do a visitor
attraction course as described here, or if you would like to know
if there is a Level 2 course running in your area, check to see if
it has been accredited by the Institute of Tourist Guiding at Level
2 in the Training section.
Q: How much employment can I hope to get?
- This will depend on your specified area of qualification.
- The local authority, town borough or visitor attraction where
you are qualified will usually provide you with work as demand
requires, frequently on a rota basis.
- Fluency in one or more languages will increase your work
Tourism is a seasonal and volatile business, very susceptible to
world disasters and economic uncertainty which can affect visitor
Earnings may vary according to your area, but it is a risky
profession as a sole source of family income. It is however ideal
for a second breadwinner, and for those wanting a flexible job to
fit round family or other commitments.
Q: What career development will Level 2 give
This qualification will provide you with the foundation for
progression to Level 3 (Green Badge) and Level 4 (Blue
As a successful candidate at this level you will be eligible to
apply to join the Institute as an Affiliate. See