As of 1 April 2018, the Institute will cease to accept anyone as an external candidate for its Blue Badge examinations.
The Institute will instead introduce a new category of examination candidates for those Blue Badge Tourist Guides, who are members of the Institute, wishing to extend their current guiding qualification by qualifying in another region, but without participating in a full training programme: these will be termed BBTG Candidates.
New Policy replacing the 2017 External Candidate Policy.
At a recent meeting of the Board of Directors of the Institute of Tourist Guiding [the Institute] having reviewed the founding documentation of the Institute, consulted with sites and taken academic advice, it was agreed that continuous assessment of knowledge and skills, taking place in the form of practical training over the duration of a training course, was an essential part of the Institute's qualification for a Blue Badge award.
As of 1 April 2018, the Institute will cease to accept anyone as an external candidate for its Blue Badge examinations. The Institute will instead introduce a new category of examination candidates for those Blue Badge Tourist Guides, who are members of the Institute, wishing to extend their current guiding qualification by qualifying in another region, but without participating in a full training programme: these will be termed BBTG Candidates.
- The Institute would strongly encourage the training provider, which term for the avoidance of doubt includes Course Directors, for that region to offer some essential training for their region which will allow the BBTG Candidates to become familiar with all aspects of guiding the examination sites for that region and any other essential aspects of guiding in that region.
- The Institute will produce a framework for this which will be a minimum amount of training/ continuous assessment. Each training provider should recommend the specific requirement for their area subject to approval by the Institute and cost it accordingly. It is their decision as to how they decide to deliver this training. It could be together with the full-time course students, or as a separate group undertaking a short intensive training period, or a mix of both.
- The Institute will ask all training providers to submit the BBTG Candidates training requirement at the same time as the main course when they send details for accreditation.
- The BBTG Candidates will be registered as being on the course by the training provider and will pay the registration fee to the training provider. All exam correspondence will be via the training provider in the same way that all full-time course students receive this. The BBTG Candidates should attend the Chief Examiner’s briefing.
- The training provider will confirm in writing to the Institute to state that the BBTG Candidates have participated in the training provided.
- The Institute would like to remind all training providers that the Background Knowledge examination, the 2-day Communications Seminar and Project are portable units and do not need to be repeated for a new region if these units have been successfully completed since 2002.
- The Institute recognises that it does not influence the intake of students for any course and that there may be a need to limit places for BBTG Candidates on any course, therefore an application is not a guarantee of a place.
- The Institute, however, would like to request that training providers will offer an interview to all applicants who have a Blue Badge qualification, whether they are applying for the main course or the BBTG Candidate training, and to all applicants with a Green Badge qualification.