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Membership - join the Institute

Become part of our nationally-recognised professional Institute for excellence and enjoy a host of additional benefits.


Membership categories

  • MEMBER – for Blue Badge Guides
  • ASSOCIATE – for Green Badge Guides
  • AFFILIATE – for White Badge Guides


Benefits of membership  (some do not apply to all categories)

  • Support your professional body in promoting and protecting your qualification
  • Play a role in shaping the tourist guiding qualifications of the future
  • Stay up-to-date on Institute news and developments in tourist guiding via Communiqué
  • Promote yourself and your services via the Guide Search facility on the Institute’s website and through Institute-linked websites such as Visit Britain
  • Network with guiding colleagues from around the country at Institute events
  • Build on your qualification and further your career through additional training, endorsements or Continuing Professional Development events
  • Vote at the AGM
  • Sit Institute language examinations (fees apply)
  • Train as an Institute examiner, trainer or examination compiler (fees apply)
  • Stand for election as a Board Director
  • Serve on Institute committees
  • Put the prized letters MITG or AITG after your name


How much does it cost?

Annual subscription 2019-20 payable as an online payment via your bank or by direct debit:

  • Member    £99
  • Associate  £65
  • Affiliate      £32

£30 supplement to receive AGM/Registration correspondence by post instead of email


I used to be a member - I want to rejoin

To sit an Institute language examination, replace a lost or stolen badge, train as an Institute examiner, return from a career break - these are just a few of the many reasons why tourist guides whose membership has lapsed may want to rejoin the Institute.

To ensure continuing and consistent high standards of tourist guiding among our members, the Institute has a revalidation policy for lapsed members who rejoin.  Please click here for further details.


I am a student on a tourist guide training course - do I need to join?

Students on Institute-accredited tourist guide training courses are automatically registered free of charge as Institute members for the duration of their course.  At the end of the course, if they have qualified as a tourist guide, they are invited to join the Institute at the level and subscription appropriate to their qualification.


How to apply

Please download the membership application pack and post your completed forms with the relevant supporting documents to ‘Applications', Institute of Tourist Guiding, Coppergate House, 16 Brune Street, London E1 7NJ.


We look forward to welcoming you on board.