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London Blue Badge Course

  • For over 50 years, a training course has been run for people that wish to become professional tourist guides in London.
  • For more information on how to apply for the latest course, please visit the following website.
  • The London Training programme prepares student guides for the Institute of Tourist Guiding examinations.


Course Details:

Students study and are assessed on the following: Background knowledge of the UK, in-depth London knowledge, and regional knowledge which covers sites frequently visited from London in a day.  Practical training and assessment take place in the National Gallery, the British Museum, Westminster Abbey, St Paul's Cathedral, the Tower of London, on a City of London walk and on a panoramic coach tour.  Students are also required to write a 3,000-word Tour Planning Project. 

On passing these written and practical examinations the guide is awarded a Blue Badge, which is the industry's recognised symbol of professionalism in tourist guiding.


Information and application:

For further information on course structure and content, and to download or request an application form, please visit the website listed below.


Courses run annually, advertising around October each year, for enrolment by the early months of the following year. The course commences in September, with introductory and preparation work taking place during the summer. The course takes two years to complete.



London Blue Badge Past Exam Papers can be found under resources on our Past Papers page.