South East England Blue Badge Course


The South-East of England Blue Badge qualification covers the counties of Kent, Sussex and Surrey. Included in the qualification are two “Days Out” to Windsor and Hampton Court.

  • Course status: Approved

The basic role of a tourist guide is to accompany visitors on scenic tours, and show them interesting places, explaining the significance of the site or object. However, there is a great deal more to the job than meets the eye. As well as being fully informed academically, the tourist guide needs to be welcoming, and enjoy working with people from many countries and backgrounds. Whilst in their company, the guide also becomes a guardian and will alert visitors to safety issues, local customs, and engage in conversations. It is this rapport that makes the job so enjoyable.

Course Details

Please take the time to read the prospectus which explains everything you need to know about the course and how to apply.

Students study and are assessed on the following:

Written papers:

  • Background knowledge of the UK
  • Two regional knowledge papers
  • Tour planning project

Practical exams covering:

  • Guiding an urban walk
  • Guiding a rural walk
  • Guiding in a religious building
  • Guiding in a museum/gallery
  • Guiding on a coach

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 & Application

Applications for the 2023 South East Blue Badge Training Course are now closed.