a] Achieving and maintaining recognition of the guiding
profession and putting in place uniform standards for
qualifications at all levels, the Blue Badge being the highest
The Institute is recognised by government as the standard setting
body for all levels of the profession and as the registering
authority for Blue Badge guides throughout the United Kingdom
(except Scotland). The Institute accredits training courses which meet its
standards and offers advice to training providers on how to achieve
these. It does not itself deliver training.
b] Providing for examinations and/or assessments for qualifications
at all levels and making awards:
The Institute provides examinations and/or assessment and also
accredits external examinations which meet the required standards.
It maintains a pool of qualified examiners. The Institute's highest
award is the internationally recognised Blue Badge which was
formerly awarded by national and regional tourist boards.
Certificates are awarded to those who qualify at other levels.
c] Promoting the family of qualifications and awards to the
public and profession alike, to achieve clarity and greater
understanding of the profession:
Colleges and institutions which offer guide training courses,
owners of sites and visitor attractions who provide training for
their staff, as well as local and regional tourist bodies are
encouraged to have their courses accredited by the Institute so
that those who are successful on the course can receive a
nationally recognised qualification and be eligible to apply to
join the Institute at the appropriate level.
d] Putting in place and enforcing a code of conduct for all
those who join the Institute:
On first registration all are required to sign a code which lays
down the standards of professional behaviour they are required to
meet. Any breaches brought to the attention of the Institute are
investigated by the Professional Conduct Committee which has the
power to impose sanctions.
e] Encouraging those who are active at all levels of the
profession to join the Institute. Providing professional services
for those who join the Institute, including the publication of an
annual National Register:
The Institute's Online Directory published in the Spring of each
year lists all Members and Associates by region/area, level of
qualification and the languages in which they are qualified to
guide. Any additional qualifications recognised by the Institute
are also listed.
The directory The contents are also accessible through
our Online Guide Search
and are thus available to interested parties world wide. Since all
claims to qualification are carefully scrutinised before they can
be included, the database is both comprehensive and
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