Guide Training
North East

Institute of Tourist Guiding Qualified Trainers


Why be a Guide?

Few careers are more rewarding than guiding

  • a Blue Badge Tourist Guide has the opportunity to share their love of the North East with people from around the world.

No two days are the same! A work day might involve:

  • guiding a student group in an art gallery
  • taking a family on a city highlight tour
  • interpreting the North East countryside for a coachgroup of international visitors

Guiding requires a good level of knowledge

  • you’ll give people memorable experiences
  • you’ll develop useful skills that can open up a range of further opportunities

Blue Badge

Tourist Guide Training in North East England

The next North East England training course offered by the The British Guild of Tourist Guides is scheduled to start in in May 2019, with Institute of Tourist Guiding examinations in April and May


About the Course

Blue Badge

Course overview

The Blue Badge is the highest standard of qualifications for Tourist Guiding in the UK.

Our training course is highly focused on the practicalities of guiding and you’ll gain the skills to start or develop your guiding career.

Blue Badge

Course content

  • Communication and presentation skills
  • An introduction to Britain’s cultural and historical background
  • Lectures on a broad range of subjects including art, architecture, the legal system, literature, science
  • Training to assist with developing an in-depth knowledge of the North East region
  • Comprehensive training on specific sites
  • Business skills and self-employment guidance

Blue Badge

Course format

  • A mixture of lectures, practical training and self study

Apply Today!

Use our online Application Form or download the PDF version to print, fill in by hand and post. Contact us with any queries.


Is it for You?



Trainee guides come from a wide cross-section of communities and have a mix of educational and practical backgrounds.



We’re not looking for history experts, but motivated
and passionate individuals.



There’s no strict academic requirements to join the course, but it’s the equivalent of a degree, so you need to be willing to work hard and fully commit to extending your knowledge and practical skills.



It’s not essential, but is a real asset if you’re fluent in more than one language.

Apply Now!

Use our online Application Form or download the PDF version to print, fill in by hand and post. Contact us with any queries.

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