A One Year Training Course for the North East England region is planned to commence in May 2019.

The objective of this programme is to prepare students to enter the tourism industry as qualified Blue Badge Tourist Guides for the North East England region.

The programme will be structured around six ‘intensive training weekends’ situated throughout the region, together with weekly lectures delivered via the internet. In addition, there will be a five-day Introductory session and a two-day Communication and Presentation Seminar.

Registered tourist guides are qualified by examinations set and administered by the Institute of Tourist Guiding. Students who are successful in these examinations will be awarded the Blue Badge for the North East England region. The region is broad stretching from Teesside in the south, to Berwick upon Tweed in the North and out to the borders of Cumbria.

Please note: It is essential for students to have a personal e-mail address, the use of a computer and a good printer. Handouts for lectures and all communications between the Programme Directors or Administrator and the students are by e-mail. (In order to keep the fees as low as possible and the use of paper to a minimum)

Cost 2019-2020: The Programme fee is expected to be £3,600 plus examination fees.

Programme Duration: 1 year – May 2019 – April 2020

Latest date for applications: 4th March 2019

Download the prospectus from the website: If you wish to express an interest in this course and request a prospectus, please email the Programme Administrator: