PLEASE DO NOT phone or email the British Guild of Tourist Guides with training related questions.
Blue Badge Guides are trained under the auspices of The Institute of Tourist Guiding, which accredits training courses throughout England. Most training courses for guides last for at least two academic terms and some, e.g. London, last for nearly two years.
A wide spectrum of academic, specialist and practical training is provided, as well as a core curriculum of the history, architecture and social development of the country.
Originating in London, the Blue Badge guiding qualification was first awarded by regional Tourist Boards so that every guide would have the same background of national core knowledge combined with in-depth local knowledge. The Blue Badge is now the responsibility of the Institute of Tourist Guiding.
As well as acquiring knowledge, Blue Badge Guides are trained in the selection and presentation of their material. This process has been so successful that English trainers have trained guides all over the world, and the Blue Badge is recognised internationally as a benchmark of excellence. Please read these FAQ’s for more information.
London Training Course
London Training Course
Due to Covid-19, the next course for which applications will open will probably begin in September 2022 (not earlier). In the event that a 2022 course goes ahead, applications will open in Autumn 2021. Please keep an eye on our webpage and social media, as any announcements will be made there. However, we are happy to save your details and contact you when a course next becomes available if you choose to REGISTER AN INTEREST below:
REGISTER YOUR INTEREST HERE IF YOU WOULD LIKE US TO CONTACT YOU WHEN THE NEXT LONDON TRAINING COURSE BECOMES AVAILABLE (we would not contact you before Autumn 2021)
For more information about the next course, please visit our London Training page.
Training information is provided on these web pages, but if you require more information, please do not phone the Guild. Enquiries can be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Regional Training Courses
For more information on training courses outside London, please contact the local association for that area who may be able to advise.
Details of other courses for which the British Guild of Tourist Guides is not the training provider can be found on the website for the Institute of Tourist Guiding (ITG)
The British Guild of Tourist Guides – Project 2020 – is inviting applications for a bursary from those who have been accepted on tourist guide training courses accredited by the Institute of Tourist Guiding.
For details of the bursary application process and criteria, please see the following: